Eating and Food

Several people have asked what our diet is like while we are traveling. As this is everyday life for us, and not just vacation, junk food every day just won’t cut it long term. You can’t live on chicken nuggets and fries!

We are staying in apartments whenever possible, and that allows us to cook our own meals. This helps both with making healthy choices and the budget. Nonetheless, we still find ourselves out at a lot of restaurants, by choice as well as necessity.

We have a family rule, one that we had in place before our travels began, that we ALL must have “no thank you” bites of unfamiliar foods before we can reject them. While this has helped, and ensures we all try the local delicacies, we still have to make sure we get enough to eat and don’t neglect our veggies. Boy is on board with the “no thank you” bites, but will often still reject the food as too weird or inedible after tasting. As our budget can’t support buying him multiple meals, this has led to some short term food fads, like spaghetti with tomato sauce twice a day in Italy or ham and cheese sandwiches throughout Europe. One day, he even had ham and cheese sandwiches three times in one day. Getting vegetables other than French fries is always a struggle.

Some of Boy’s food fad highlights:

Spaghetti with tomato sauce and bread with oil and balsamic vinegar in Italy
Souvlaki and hummus in Greece
Schnitzel in Germany
Open face shrimp sandwiches in Norway
Pain Au chocolate in France
Chocolate con churros and Albondigas (meatballs) in Spain
Gelato is a favorite wherever we find it as are ham and cheese sandwiches

Generally the favorites fall into the categories of meat, bread, and chocolate. Honestly, those would probably have been his favorites before we began traveling, too.

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