Travel Tip: You Can Only Eat So Much

Previously, I wrote a blog entry about not being able to see everything in a single trip. You can also extend this advice to eating. When you travel, you’re going to find a ton of exciting foods to try. The following is just some of the food I bought on a trip to Wisconsin and then Canada.

What you don’t see in that picture is what I had in the fridge. I brought back a ton of meat from my Canadian Pepperette Quest.

When you’re in an area for a limited amount of time, you want to experience as much as possible. This includes eating and local cuisine. While the number of hours in a day limits what you can see, you’re also limited on how much you can eat.

Your stomach is only so big, and there’s only so many calories that you can consume in a day. Gorging out on food can also be unhealthy. As you see by the first picture, I bought a lot of junk food. I knew most of this wouldn’t be available where I live, so I made sure to stock up.

During my Canadian Pepperette Quest, I was stuffed. I ate as much as I could and didn’t even eat a full meal out. Even with that, I still had a ton of food leftover to try and eat. I don’t want anything to go to waste, so I’m making sure to pace myself as I continue to eat what I bought.

That brings me to my travel tip. Just as you should know your limits for driving, you should know your limits for eating. You will get to a point where you just can’t eat anymore. You may also get to a point where you end up feeling sick from eating so much.

Trust me, the urge is there. I often find myself pushing my limits. Being that I hit up grocery stores for locally made food, I’ll often have a trunk full of groceries. While I want to dive in and try everything, I restrain myself.

What I typically do is make sure to consume the perishable products. I don’t want them to go to waste. I’ll then leave all the non-perishable products for when I get home. Anything that becomes perishable when you open it (ex. salsa) I’ll keep unopened until I get home. When I get home, I can keep reliving the trip as I try everything else.

If you gorge yourself, it’ll eventually catch up to you. It might be a few days, but it’ll hit you like a brick wall. You just need to keep in mind there are only so many calories you need in a day. It’s a limit that is different for everyone. If you can keep this in mind and eat a reasonable amount of food, you can sample a lot without overindulging (or getting sick).

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