Julie and I were in Sedona, Arizona over the weekend filming a series of cooking videos. In each segment we featured great tips for making healthier (but still delicious!) versions of typical dishes like hamburgers, pizza, and grilled cheese. We’ll have more news about the videos and when and where you’ll be able to see them in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, a few interesting highlights from the weekend:
1. I learned Sedona is a gorgeous part of the country. Unfortunately we had 12 videos to tape in just 2 days, so that left little time for sightseeing. But I know I definitely plan to go back again someday.
2. I did NOT “eat my words” over the weekend. No one’s perfect. And with the busy shoot schedule I neglected to eat regular meals and snacks. Julie was much better at making a run to the grocery store in the morning so at least she brought some yogurt and fruit for in-between takes.
3. Somehow with the hectic work week, exhausting shoot schedule, and lack of healthy meals, I literally and figuratively ran out of gas! By Sunday afternoon I was so tired on the drive back to Scottsdale that I forgot to check the car’s fuel gauge! In my ultimate “Duh-Moment”, my little SUV petered to a halt on the highway just about 6 miles from the airport. I’ve never run out of gas before… but I guess there’s a first time for everything!
Fortunately a quick-thinking Julie called 911 and we were rescued by Office Mike.
(Note to self: don’t ever forget to check the fuel gauge again!) I suppose the exciting part of this little adventure was that I got to ride in the back of a police car on the way to the gas station. (Another first… I swear!) It’s not very comfortable back there — no leg room and a hard seat. Plus the bars on the windows don’t add much to the ambiance.
So the big lesson here… no matter how busy you get, don’t forget to “fuel up”. I’m pretty sure my brain had run out of fuel… just as our gas tank did! Of course I know all this already (and so do you I’m sure), but we all could use reminding from time to time. Here is a short snack list for those times when it feels like you are too busy to eat:
- Low fat cheese and whole wheat crackers
- Peanut butter and apple slices
- Trail mix
- Nonfat greek yogurt and berries
- Nuts – almonds, pistachios, and peanuts are always great to have on hand
- Fresh fruit – pears, apples, grapes and bananas all travel really well.
Next time I’m on the go I’ll refer to my own list (and also our Eat N’ Go category here in the site).