Vacations are expensive. To save money, we all cut where we can. If, for instance, you're off to an event like BlizzCon, one of the first things to go is the rental car. With buses and taxis running to the area from the airport and the event only happening in one location, there's really no need to shell out the extra cash when you can walk.
Therein lies the rub.
While fast food places surround you, it's not exactly an ideal situation for clean eating. And while you could cheat, you have worked damn hard to stay clean. This trip is not going to mess you up. However, every choice comes with a sacrifice, and for clean eating in this situation, that means traversing the unknown to find good food.
Here's how to stay clean.
Rule 1: 30 Minutes Max
To keep the journey sane, do not look further than a 30 minute walk. There's no telling what the weather will be like, and you want to give yourself time to enjoy the vacation outside of food shopping.
Rule 2: Only Chains
Specialty stores are not guaranteed to have meal staples. Targets, Wal-Marts, QFCs and other big name brands are. Because you want to minimize your time hunting for clean food, it's safer to go with locations that have a layout you're familiar with.
If you will not have a smart phone, do research before leaving.
Head to Google Maps, find your hotel location and search for "grocery stores". Once you find a store that looks good to you, write down the directions.
Let's assume you're lodged right around the Anaheim Convention Center. In 30 minutes from this point, you can walk about two Anaheim blocks. This means you can reach a:
Rule 3: Be Flexible
The season and region will directly influence the food that's available, especially when we're talking about veggies. If they don't have exactly what you're looking for, it's totally okay to compromise.
Rule 4: Ready-to-Eat
You won't have a kitchen. You won't have utensils. You won't have plates. You won't have bowls. Basically, there will be no way to cook save for the microwave. Because of this, get pre-packaged and ready-to-eat veggies, meats and grains. Should you have a can opener, you can extend into the canned aisle.
Rule 5: Know What You Need
If you've been eating clean for a while now, you can guesstimate how much of each macro you'll need to get through however many days you'll be in your hotel room. If you can't, do the math before you go shopping. This will make sure you either buy enough or don't buy too much. It will also get you thinking about what you want to buy - something you'll get to plan fully on that 30 minute walk.
A huge thank you to Lee for prompting this topic!
Co-host of HeroesForge, founder of Battle to Be Better, gamer, singer and all around happy person.