Yummy food, great friends, and terrific music. I could end this blog post here, because that is essentially a recap of my weekend, and because my ‘festival’ nails make it harder to type, but I guess that is just another challenge I am willing to take on.
Music is one thing that I love almost as much as food. Music is my companion in the car, my motivator in exercise, and this weekend, my outlet for a fun, stress free, and exciting time. I jumped at the chance to go to Outside Lands with my friend Sydney (hi syd!) in SF. We had such a great time seeing some of our favorite artists (shout-out to Disclosure and Flume- my favorites of the weekend), and equally as important, eating some delicious food.
I went into the weekend with an open mind. I knew that my clean/plant-based diet may not be realistic at a three day music festival, and I tried to prepare myself to be ok with that. I guess I also rationalized that the amount of dancing I would be partaking in would cancel some of it out, (have I mentioned how much I LOVE TO DANCE?)
The options were endless; something that was surprisingly overwhelming for someone like me, despite my plans to remain open-minded. Sydney and I ended up sharing a bunch of different foods, including a BOMB plantain/black bean burrito (or two), Malaysian peanut curry nachos, and even a couple of slices of midnight pizza. I tried to stay balanced when I could, enjoying a relatively healthy breakfast smoothie bowl one day, and an egg white veggie scramble the next.
As much as I would like to, it would be a lie to say I never felt any guilt. There were times I had to remind myself that just as Outside Lands wasn’t going to last forever, the choices I would make in regards to food weren’t going to last forever either. Keeping this at the forefront of my mind was something that turned out to be so freeing. I indulged, I splurged, I cheated (for lack of a better word) but I am still here, I am still motivated, and I am still on track. Like I always say, it all goes back to balance.