Came back from the weekend in the Ardennes in Belgium on Sunday evening. Good news and bad news. Good news is the weekend was awesome! Lots of fun activities, lots of fun with all the people, great weather, good food. Bad news is I might have some side effects from some medication I am on, which might prevent me from exercising for a few days/a week or so. More on that later.
Thursday I did training 2 of week 1 of the running schedule. No running during this weekend, because the program was filled from the morning till the evening. But I got more then enough exercise in the form of volleyball, tennis, walking/hiking in the woods, biking, activities in the survival park like climbing walls, crawling through caves, walking across ropes at ~60 m heights, abseiling, etc.
Some pics of the hotel and surroundings where we stayed:
Beforehand, I was very curious about the food during the weekend, and luckily it turned out to be great most of the time, and just fine/acceptable at a few occasions. I decided to not put any restrictions on myself concerning kcals/portion size, since it was of course a holiday. So I ate as much as I wanted at each meal, as long as it was vegan and healthy. Did had a bit of an overdose of nuts this weekend, because at breakfast and lunch that was the only kcal-dense vegan food available, but I love nuts so I didn’t care.
Unfortunately I didn’t take any food-pics, even though I wanted to, because people were already looking weird at that girl eating all those plates filled with veggies… I got a few questions from a few people, which I didn’t mind at all, and which led to some great conversations about food, vegetarianism/veganism, sports nutrition, health, etc. But at other times I also noticed some people making comments not tó me, but about me, so I decided not to focus any more attention on myself and my food by taking out my camera and making pics of my plates, which I can imagine could come across as pretty weird behaviour for ‘normal’ people Friday 01-06Meals
1 – Still at home: Smoothie made from 225 g spinach, 1 banana, ¼ avocado (~50 g), 250 mL soy milk, 1 scoop protein powder.
40 P, 27 C, 16 F, 420 Kcal.
2 – In the bus towards the Ardennes in Belgium: 2 handfuls of peanuts.
3 – Lunch buffet at the hotel: 2 huge-ass plates of salad, with different kinds of lettuce, radishes, cherry tomatoes (which were both ‘only’ garnish btw, so after I was done there was nothing left
), tiny pickles/gherkins, and in total I think about 150-200 g of walnuts/almonds/pecans/hazelnuts/ brazil nuts/raisins/sultana’s, with a dressing of lemon juice. I again used the lemon they had put out as a garnish. And 4 pieces of orange melon (I think it’s called cantaloupe?).
4 – Dinner buffet at the hotel: 1 huge plate of salad with different kinds of lettuce, artichoke hearts, white cabbage, tomatoes, corn, and lemon juice as dressing. 3 Pieces of green melon (honeydew?), 3 pieces of orange melon (cantaloupe?). 2 Plates with wild rice and seeds and a delicious mixture of many different kinds of mushrooms, spinach, some sort of root, and nuts. 1 Boiled potato. Dessert: huge pile of white grapes.Saturday 02-06Meals
1 – Breakfast buffet at the hotel: 1 banana, 1 apple, 1 plum, 1 kiwifruit, 1 nectarine, lots of white rapes, lots of red grapes, ~150 g of pistachio’s/walnuts/pecans/almonds/hazelnuts/brazil nuts/raisins/sultana’s. Green tea.
2 – Lunch buffet at survival-park: Not very tasty big-ass salad with lettuce, tomatoes, pickled white cabbage, pickled carrots, no vegan dressing available. Very boring-tasting, but at least it was healthy. This was literally the only thing I could eat, the rest was only bread with cheese or meat. Luckily I also brought a big batch of pistachio’s/walnuts/pecans/almonds/hazelnuts/brazil nuts/raisins/sultana’s (again) which I had snatched at breakfast, because I already had a feeling that this lunch wouldn’t be great for me.
3 – Barbeque at the hotel: Salad of corn, cucumber, onion, plain white penne pasta. Ca. 6 green asparagus, 1 plain baked potato in tin foil from the bbq, 1 ‘baked’ tomato from the bbq. Lots of common mushrooms. Mixture of zucchini, eggplant, onions, and some other vegetables I don’t remember exactly, but it tasted great. Unfortunately no dessert since they only had chocolate mouse, but I made up for that with a few (a few?) bears after dinner.Sunday 03-06Meals
1 – Breakfast buffet at the hotel: 2 banana’s, 1 apple, 2 kiwifruits, 1 nectarine, huge pile of white rapes, ~150 g of pistachio’s/walnuts/pecans/almonds/hazelnuts/brazil nuts/raisins/sultana’s. Green tea.
2 – 2 handfuls of peanuts, 1 banana.
3 – On the bus: 1 homemade protein bar which I had brought from home but hadn’t eaten yet, 2 oranges.
4 – At home: 500 g of green beans (with peanut sauce), 100 g of wheat kernels/berries, 200 g of vegan gyros.
Without the sauce: 54 P, 66 C, 7 F, 560 Kcal.