My world has taken some interesting turns as of late - you'll see a stream of posts about that. But for now, I'd like to share with you a recent road trip that I went on and my journey along the way (including what I ate and listened to - two of my favorite things in life).
I have departed from Philly. And, before I return to the splendor of Bar Harbor, ME, I am soaking up some much needed time with my brother and his family. Isn't it amazing what spending time with family can do for your soul? My heart is happy and spirit lifted just being in their loving home. And oh, there are simply no words to explain the joy that their three little ones bring to me! Their laugh. Their smile. Their excitement at the little things - like worms after the rainfall, flowers on a walk, and painting Easter eggs. Their tender loving care with the newest addition that is just five months old. And hearing them say things like, "Aunt Ashley you are like a park with hair," when I wake up in the morning. The precious moments that I have had the opportunity to be part of in just a short amount of time is priceless.
So, anyway, I'll get on with this post about my drive and how I fueled my body, mind, and soul along the way.
I've done a few cross country moves in recent years - so I have a bit of a system when it comes to packing my car and prepping the items that I will need will I drive. I have not only learned that I need to have high-quality fresh food with my while I travel, but for a couple of days after I arrive also. If you have ever driven 12 hours by yourself - you know that grocery shopping is the last thing you want to do when you arrive - even for a foodie like myself. I have visions of myself collapsing in a pile of kale with dreams of eating watermelon and drinking coconut water.
You can't always be sure what you are going to be walking into - and there is always the possibility of having to spend the night in a hotel so I always prepare for each scenario. This means on a road trip, I also travel with a coffee bag equip with my french press, coffee, mug and travel mug and store it within reach in my car...
To gear up, the day prior to move, I filled 3 glass Voss water bottles with filtered water. The morning of, I put freshly cut up lemon and frozen cranberries in them for an added boost AND I am kind of addicted to eating the cranberries while I drive to give me something else to do...
I'll mention though, that before I got started, I made a french press full of coffee and filled two antioxidant rich travel mugs ;)
This trip was almost exactly 12 hours door-to-door, so I ate A LOT, but mostly snack style because I hate having that heavy tummy feeling while driving. So I dug in when I was hungry and kept on cruisin' - stopping to pee quite frequently as I was drinking fluids the entire time.
To start my day, I had some lemon water before I even headed out the door and then for breakfast, I had coconut water with my probiotic powder mixed in (I useVSL #3), 1/2 of a cantaloupe that I previously cut and 1/2 container of blueberries. And put on some tunes... Who can road trip without Tom Petty, STP, The Stones or Clapton?
To stay fueled and help me catch my second wind, I had my Vega One Shake (that I mixed with cold water before I left and stored in my cooler) and the rest of my coffee.
I <3 Coffee
And then... some pineapple!
I also <3 Pineapple
And, my tunes... Staying pumped with some Poison, Zeppelin, Lana Del Ray, and music from the Lincoln Lawyer.
The weather was on my side for this trip - giving me the sunshine almost all day and warming up to 70 degrees.
Seeing the country is one of my other favorite things in life. I discovered that West Virginia is a seriously gorgeous state. I had no idea that it was so mountainous.
Some contents in my cooler (again, this was to last a few days...):
- Red butter lettuce
- Raw Chia Almond Butter (Barney's)
- Spinach & Arugula Medley (Whole Foods)
- Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice (Whole Foods)
- Additional VSL probiotics
- Sliced green apple, celery, and cucumber
And for the non-refrigerated items:
- 1 whole cantaloupe
- 1 whole pineapple
- Raw Honey
- Vega One Vegan Protein Shake
- Hemp Seeds
- Chia Seeds
- Go Raw Sprouted Sunflower and Pumpkin Seeds (Spicy Cilantro)
- Unsweetened Raw Coconut
- Raw Chocolate Covered Kale Chips (Alive & Radiant)
Mellowing out to some Brett Dennon, Linsey Stirling, Ben Harper, and Barefoot Truth.
I got a little worn out at hour 8...
And then I stopped to stretch my legs.
And then, I caught my third wind, after my favorite snack of the day that I strategically planned to have before I arrived - knowing I would be a couple of hours out from my destination. Raw Chocolate Kale Chips with Raw Chia Almond Butter.
Before I left that morning, my friend had me promise to let her know when I cracked open the crack (AKA chocolate kale chips). I held to my 6PM on the dot.
Do you ever get into a zone where you can't quite form sentences or communicate but you feel a sense of peace and calm? A zone where you feel good. Like... really good. But answering the phone or talking in general is just not going to happen for you?
This is how the latter part of my drive was. Rolling fields of green. Sun setting. Zen'd out listening to Xavier Rudd at an incredible decibel - and hyped up on Raw Cacao and Kale.
Kentucky is also beautiful
After unpacking a few essentials from the life contents in my car and giving hugs to my family, I had my last meal of the day - thankful I had all of that food with me and prepped.
Cucumber, green apple, celery, avocado, basil, spinach & arugula and sprouted seeds
The next morning, I woke to these precious creatures - my dear nephews.
Thankful once again that I had food with me already in the house for the next morning. And, so very grateful to be welcomed into my brother's loving home. What a beautiful family he has.
So, folks, this is how I do a long road trip.