Food for Thought—Eating on the Road

I am proud to say, that Paul and I have not darkened the door of any McDonald’s or other fast food establishments.  This wasn’t always the case for either one of us in the not too distant past.  We never found ourselves ordering “we’ll have fries with that” at Micky D’s, but we both have a soft spot when it comes to Subway.

Over the past 6-7 months we kept educating ourselves on appropriate food for sustaining good health.  This project mainly falls on my shoulders because I have the time to research it, and I am passionate about good, healthy food and staying well.  And staying well as the years progress becomes ever more important.

One of the most important things I have learned about diet and nutrition over that past few years is how important it is to our overall health and keeping things in balance.  It was Hippocrates who said “Let thy food be thy medicine, and thy medicine be thy food.”  Brilliant man he was to have discovered this important fact.  It rings as true today as it did when he first made that proclamation.

Paul and I read many blogs about this nomadic life, and what comes up on a regular basis is that most people have a fast food diet primarily, and the typical SAD (Standard American Diet) of bad fats, starch and sugar has spread pretty much around the world.

People don’t want to take the time to eat healthfully—it’s not a priority for them in so many cases.  For us, it is a big priority.  And making as much of we eat organic food with no processed food  is what makes the biggest difference.

It certainly does cost more to buy organic food, but the rewards in better health shouldn’t be ignored.  And it is fun to shop at the open markets where we can find really fresh food.  And luckily here in France, a BioCoop food store is usually not too far away.

There are many ways to put together a fast meal that is nutritious and delicious with just a few ingredients.  For example,  I keep jars of pesto and pasta sauces (without sugar) in the larder and by adding a few other interesting ingredients we have a memorable meal in minutes.

We love salads, but often at the end of the day I don’t really want to put all the effort into making one, so I just do a minimum of peeling and chopping and throw a bunch of veggies and fruit into our Vitamix and we have an instant smoothie meal that can’t be beat for nutrition–and they are delicious.  You can buy cheaper machines for doing this, but the Vitamix is king and well worth the money.  You can often find used ones for sale.

If any of our readers out there are interested in some of the meals items we love so much, I will be happy to send you inspirational recipe ideas.  Many of these I find online.

To bring this subject to a close, I do want to say that maybe once or twice a month we do eat out.  As much as I enjoy whipping things up in the galley, it is just nice to have someone else do it.  And the best part is I don’t have to do the washing up at the end!

And included here are some of my favourite food photos—enjoy!

An endless choice of cheese

An endless choice of cheese

Dried fruit and nuts

Dried fruit and nuts

Even more fruit and nuts at the same market

Even more fruit and nuts at the same market

Such a wide variety of fresh bread at every French market

Such a wide variety of fresh bread at every French market

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Emese - February 13, 2017

Dear Cynthia,
Thank you so much for your eating-food post 🙂 I wish You, Paul and the dog-kids the best! Yes am so interested in inspirational recipe ideas!
Love, Emese

frank gallagher - May 7, 2017

dear Cynthia I have been reading living on a narrow boat since Paul first started writing it, and since you came along his diet has become 1000.000.000 better I think you have made this blog thousands of times more interesting lucky Paul.

    Paul Smith - May 7, 2017

    I couldn’t agree with you more Frank. I have passed your kind comments on to Cynthia.


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