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California trip: sometimes you just have to punt (part 1 of 2)

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Oct 20, 2009

When I went to CA last week (Thurs. through Mon.) with my daughters, I was hard pressed to get all my work done before I left. I was up very late the night before we left for the airport and consequently didn’t have any time to think about how to get through five days eating well. (If I don’t eat well, I lose my energy and my digestive system shuts down. As long as I’m eating 60-80% raw and 95% whole foods, I have energy and to spare, wherever I go!)

Car trips are conducive to taking lots of frozen pints of green smoothie, but plane trips aren’t. And our hotel room had no fridge, something I usually try to ensure by booking online where you can see the hotel’s amenities. (I had booked the hotel awfully late.) So, besides taking a bunch of VitaMineral Green, buying two boxes of snack bars from Costco which I will review tomorrow, and bringing my BlendTec in the suitcase (which I did not have a chance to use after a day of teaching in San Diego and Fullerton), I was on my own.

The Costco Bora Bora bars and Trio bars helped a lot. That and the oranges my daughter stuffed her backpack with, from the hotel, got us through lunch before we headed to a buffet with a salad bar at the end of each theme-park day. Breakfast at the hotel, sigh. You know how continental breakfast is. What I do when I have to punt like that is scout out what the best thing is to eat. I don’t touch donuts/pastries, ever. I don’t drink juice–too much concentrated sugar. Cold cereal, no. So every day, after my run, for breakfast we ate oatmeal (instant, unfortunately–you made your own with really hot water) and two oranges. Not wonderful but not too bad.

You probably don’t believe me that I’ve never fed my kids at McDonald’s, but while I’m telling you outlandish tales, here’s another one: we’ve never eaten a meal inside a theme park, even though we vacation at them about once a year.

Tomorrow I’ll do a product review to compare the healthy snack bars at Costco that got us through, since planning for our California trip was minimal at best.

I’ll also post some photos of the class I taught in Fullerton, if I get them from Christy, which was lots of fun.

Posted in: Nutrition, Parenting, Whole Food

10 thoughts on “California trip: sometimes you just have to punt (part 1 of 2)”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn, I’ve enjoyed your website a lot and purchased a Blendtec through here over a year ago (still LOVING it). thanks for all the great info you’ve made available!

    I have a question about toothpaste. I have been on a high-raw, all vegan diet for over a year now, and at my last dentist visit I had two tiny cavities, the first in my life. (I’m 33.) I’m wondering if they were caused by all the extra fruit I’ve been eating? I’ve read all the dangers of fluoride, and I want to avoid any unnecessary chemicals obviously, what toothpaste do you and your family use? what do you think about toothsoaps?



  2. Anonymous says:

    I am fairly new to this site, and I enjoy reading the blog posts, although I have not read many previous to Aug 2009. Have you ever written advice on how to stay (mostly) raw while traveling? I take a four day (each direction) road trip each summer and after two days of munching on almonds, apples, and carrot sticks, I get tired and want something more substantial. It is difficult to take a big cooler when the car is full of people and suitcases. I like your idea about freezing green smoothies. Can you point me in the right direction or give me some of your tips? Thanks. I love the blog, BTW.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I meant to say, I love the web site, BTW. See what happens when I try to do something in the morning before I’ve had my green smoothie? haha

  4. Anonymous says:


    Have you tried dehydrating your smoothies in your dehydator so you can pack them in your suitcase?

    At the hotel you just add enough water to reconstitute, and VOILA you have your green smoothie anytime, anywhere!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn,

    I enjoyed meeting you in San Diego. Loved your Green Smoothie Demo and samples.

    I hope you girls had a great time at the theme parks!


  6. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

    We had all kinds of fun, thank you!

    Dehydrated green smoothie . . . WOW. That might be too hardcore even for me. But I’ll do it if somebody says it isn’t disgusting . . . have you tried it MarLou, or are you teasing me?? 😉

  7. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

    Lachell, yes, I’ve written about traveling and eating raw/healthy on this blog a number of times, but I plan to write more in the coming year, putting it all together as a guide.

  8. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

    Aimee, we’ve used regular toothpaste and RINSE WELL, or Tom’s of Maine or another fluoride free toothpaste (especially when my kids were little and I couldn’t count on them not to swallow it). Some people use just baking soda. It’s not something I’ve lost a lot of sleep over. My own dentist says his observation is that people eating whole foods and avoiding refined sugar have VERY few cavities–even people who eat a lot of fruit. So your experience is interesting.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Aimee, I’ve been using Tooth Soap (www.toothsoap.com) for several years now and haven’t had any problems since using it (admittedly, I didn’t have any problems before using it, either). I still get my teeth cleaned twice a year, and my hygienist–who is naturally inclined–is fully supportive of me using the soap and says things look great. Might be worth checking out.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Robyn, what about the fruit they sell inside Disneyland? Couldn’t a meal (or at least snacks) be made of that?

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