Everyone eats differently on vacation than at home. Those of us who have diabetes probably vary our diet less than others, but being away from our usual places always means eating different food.
On vacation we eat out more and usually go to restaurants that we have never seen before. For me, that’s one of the joys and surprises of vacation.
Since New Year’s Day I have been vacationing with a friend in a rented condo on Pine Island in Southwest Florida. Neither of us had ever been to this relatively undeveloped barrier island off the coast from Fort Myers and Cape Coral before.
Another friend, Dyveke Kanth, lives in Sweden and like me, follows a low-carb diet. She writes for the Swedish low-carb high-fat website LCHF.se and has followed a very low-carb diet for years. “I think that it is the only right way to eat even if you do not have diabetes,” she says.
When I wrote Dyveke that I was vacationing in Florida, she asked me, “How is it going with the food in Florida? Is there anything for you to eat there?"
A Reddish Egret Catches a Fish for its Breakfast
(Estero Island, Florida, January 15, 2013)
Good questions! I had the same concerns as I planned my vacation here. But finding good low-carb food here has not been as difficult as Dyveke and I had thought it would be.
I didn’t try to bring any special foods with me from my home in Colorado because I was travelling as light as possible for my lengthy stay in Florida. I probably should have brought raw almonds and macadamia nuts, because they travel well and I haven’t been able to find them here. I brought only my favorite single-estate Assam tea that I buy from Upton Tea Imports, because of the unfortunate fact that quality tea in this country is exceedingly rare.
In addition, I brought two kitchen items I knew that I would need: a tea strainer and single-cup egg poachers. I prefer my eggs poached, because heating them hotter isn’t healthy, and I don’t like they way poached eggs spread out so much without the egg cups.
Finding high quality eggs themselves for my breakfast has been easy in the two supermarkets here, Publix and Winn-Dixie. Cage-free eggs fortified with omega-3 are available.
The second main component of my usual breakfast is not only available here but was a most pleasant surprise. I usually eat wild smoked salmon with my eggs, and I have never found anything better than what a lovely lady named Sam smokes from wild Norwegian salmon at Andy’s Island Seafood, six miles down to road in the funky fishing village of Matlacha.
Since we are staying only a few feet from the Gulf of Mexico, fish has become a big part of my diet here. On this vacation in Florida, just like an earlier vacation in New Zealand, I am feasting on fresh local fish, this time mostly grouper, hogfish, snapper, cobia, triple tail, mullet, and mahi-mahi. Of course, fish is one of the healthiest foods we can eat as well as tasting wonderful in its many types and preparations.