What to Do in a Food Crisis aka The Night I Cried

5 Dec

If you’re eating clean and especially if you have a special diet like gluten-free, vegan or Paleo, meal time can present some unique challenges. Especially when things don’t go as planned or if you weren’t able to prepare. I refer to these scenarios as a “Food Crisis.” Crisis might seem like a strong word but if you’ve ever been in one, you know that is exactly the right word to use.

Recently, Daniel and I went to snag some dinner after work and we decided on Aladdin’s Eatery. It’s a great place for special diets because they cater specifically to them and make a lot of items in-house so you can easily customize your meal. Anyway, we got our food to-go and went home. When we opened our boxes, to my dismay, this is what I saw:

KateUpdates Food Crisis Pt 1Notice the feta all over that salad? You can see the pile of feta in the lid that I tried, unsuccessfully, to pick out. I forgot to tell them that I’m dairy-free. And they gave me lamb instead of beef … I don’t like lamb. Did I mention I was also way past the point of hungry?

The problem with a food crisis is that you’re very vulnerable because you’re usually way too hungry, potentially quite tired and often emotional. Needless to say I proceeded to cry. Frustrated, I sniffed up my tears and closed the stupid lid. This whole time Daniel was being sweet and offering me his dinner, which I couldn’t eat anyway but it was nice of him.

I forced myself into my kitchen to find an alternative. After a few deep breaths, here’s what I came up with:

KateUpdates Food Crisis

Sauted sweet potatoes, fresh bananas, all natural bacon and an egg.

Food crisis averted.

The good news is that it IS possible to get through a food crisis and stick to your diet. You will have to be creative. You have to harness your emotions and push through. When you’re in a food crisis, it’s easy to feel that all your healthy options are boring. The truth is that after you’ve eaten, you most likely aren’t thinking, “Man that was some boring food I just ate.” Instead, you feel satisfied and proud of yourself for not breaking your diet.

~ Kate

P.S. Stay tuned for a video where I’ll share tips on how to prepare for and successfully weather a food crisis.

Brian D. Meeks (@ExtremelyAvg)
Brian D. Meeks (@ExtremelyAvg)

About seven years ago I wanted to lose some weight and get in shape. Before this, my diet consisted almost entirely of fast food, and slow food was severely frowned upon. Then I said, "You know what, Meeks, you could probably eat one meal a day that didn't suck." It turns out I could. Then I started to see how many meals in a row I could go. Before I knew it I was going days without eating something horrible. There were salads, turkey sandwiches, egg white yumminess, and jars of peanuts, among other things. I was also exercising, a bunch, and the weight came off. It was the most successful I had ever been in battling the bulge and the key, for me, was I never punished myself for breaking the streak. If I had eaten well seven meals in a row and then had a pizza, it was still better than what I had been doing. I'm not sure if that sort of attitude would be helpful for anyone else, but it worked for me. Have I kept the weight off, no, but I did for many years. I'm sure that if I cared to do so, I could do it again. I have no idea why you are doing the dietary stuff, but for whatever the reason, I hope it goes well for you and there aren't any more food disasters. For the record, the stuff you made looks really yummy.

Cari @ MeetMyHusband
Cari @ MeetMyHusband

Congratulations on getting through this. I've totally been there more than once, especially for the six months that I was strict Paleo. (I'd classify myself as "loose Paleo" now.) You're totally right about the feeling after you manage to stick to your diet.


You are right on, Brian! Guilt is a huge demotivator when it comes to getting healthy. If you have an off meal or go off track, look at all the positive choices you've made and just get back to it. Whenever possible, I try to plan my "off-track" meals/events so that I can consciously reject any guilty feelings.


Thanks for stopping by Cari! Are you and your husband both doing "losse paleo" right now? I thought I remembered you were ... I'm still crossing my fingers for Daniel ...


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