WIAW #5 – Vacation Eats & Struggles

Hey ya’ll! I’m excited to be back on a semi-normal posting schedule (tbh I’m not sure how long it will last, so let’s savor it, shall we?). Today I’m sharing with you a bunch of my vacation eats because one day wouldn’t be as much fun! So in that way, I’m doing an untraditional WIAW of sorts.

Vacation. Such a great time to kick back, relax, and just enjoy not feeling compelled to do allthethings and allthechores…and to enjoy some new and delicious eats!

However, I’m a big adherent to my routine. Often, this helps me keep really organized, caught up with work, means I get enough sleep…you get the drift. But I’m also working on being a bit more flexible. Routine is great a lot of the time, but more memories are made when I take risks and adventures. A lot of really cool experiences are ones that are outside my comfort zone and routine, but pushing myself to try new things is a great way to make some awesome memories and have fun!

On vacation, my meal schedule is anything but regular. Some days, it meant waking up late and eating a big brunch, other days it included an early (for me) dinner, and other times it meant more snacking.

Also, the foods I ate were completely different last week. At home, I eat a lot of the same foods. Peanut butter, oatmeal, apples upon apples, chicken, salads, sandwiches, baguettes (seriously, I could eat a whole baguette and be happy), whatever baked good is on hand… This vacation was filled with what I would describe as classic comfort food. And it was awesome! Being out of my routine never tasted so good! Let’s look at some (literally, only a handful) of the awesome eats, shall we?

Breakfast is one of my favorite meals, and with breakfasts like these it’s easy to see why.

This gorgeous bowl of oatmeal, for example. Observe those delightful raspberries and almond slivers!


Buckwheat pancakes, my new love. These were probably the best pancakes I’ve ever had. Yes, I make that bold statement. I had these twice they were so good! I must find a great buckwheat pancake recipe now!

Buckwheat Pancakes


Meatloaf! Usually, I wouldn’t put an exclamation point next to meatloaf, but this meatloaf was awesome. What really made it great was the sauce. Blackberries are in season, and the menu featured blackberries galore. The sauce on the meatloaf was a blackberry demi glace. I honestly would be happy to drink this sauce through a straw. Kidding (sorta…)!


Roast Chicken is for sure a comfort food especially when served with some mashed taters!


Portabella Mushroom Sandwich. I actually absolutely love mushrooms. Whenever I see a mushroom/portabella burger or sandwich on a menu, I insist on trying it. This one had grilled portabella, sun dried tomatoes, and a garlic aioli. So, so good! 10/10 would order again!

Mushroom Sammy

Blackberry Burger. So this was really out of my comfort zone. The blackberry theme was continued with…a burger. Blackberries and burgers don’t go together in my mind, but I thought what the heck, I’ll give it a go! So this burger had brie cheese (yasss), a blackberry  and bacon chutney, a fried egg, and lettuce, tomato, onion. Wow. I was blown away. I’m not really a “burger person” but this one was actually awesome!


Blackberry Cobbler with Blackberry Ice Cream…Always say yes to dessert. Just do it. Cobbler and pie of any sort are great in my book. Honestly, I think everyone should have blackberry ice cream at some point because it is that good.

Blackberry Cobbler

I also wanted to take this opportunity to share some real life, in the spirit of being transparent and honest. If you’re a regular reader, you’ve probably noticed how I like to hold myself accountable to not undereating or overexercising. That’s because my recent past was filled with these things. I had a lot of disordered eating habits, that I’ve worked really hard to overcome. I do consider myself to be in a much healthier and recovered place than I’ve ever been before!

I’ve learned that I can be my personal best and healthiest when I don’t count calories in any way, shape, or form. It just flat-out does not work for me. So it was a little bit difficult and triggering for me to see calorie counts for every item on the menu. Without calorie counts, I’m happy to just eat what I want, in the quantities that I want. But when the counts are right there, I start to question my own judgment. Am I eating healthy enough? Should I order something different? Questions like these run through my head.

But instead of letting these questions cast doubt and change my decisions, I just ignore them. It’s a struggle, but it’s worth it. Because calories don’t really give an accurate representation of how healthy a food is. Calories aren’t a measure of what feeds your soul and makes you laugh and smile. Calories do not define you or your worth. Ever. End of story.

And with that, I wish you a happy Wednesday, full of delicious eats and treats!

Pancakes. Yea or nay?

Favorite summer fruit? I can’t decide! I love them all too much!

Do you stick to a pretty regular routine or are you more spontaneous?

Linking up with Jenn, Arman, and Laura for What I Ate Wednesday!


5 thoughts on “WIAW #5 – Vacation Eats & Struggles

  1. Beauty in Christ (@Emily11949309) says:

    ‘Calories aren’t a measure of what feeds your soul and makes you laugh and smile. Calories do not define you or your worth. Ever. End of story.’

    LOVE THAT so much. We are humans, created in God’s image, and calories don’t define us.
    All the blackberry in this post is now making me crave a blackberry burger; which sounded really good by the way. I love that you were so adventurous with your eats. Roast chicken is one of my favorites, and cobbler + icecream is a family classic here.


    • lifeofendurance says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words Emily! God’s love is what defines us, and I think it’s a lifelong struggle to try to understand that fact. It seems so simple to accept that love, but it really isn’t that easy to do. Blackberry cobbler & ice cream is the best, isn’t it?!?


  2. Ellie says:

    I don’t really go out to eat much, so I haven’t seen calorie counts on menus yet. I wonder if it would influence what I order. Because I don’t go out much, I usually get whatever I want when I do because it’s such a treat. This is a great topic of discussion, one I must ponder.
    I totally want some blackberry ice cream and buckwheat pancakes! If they were together, that would be even better 🙂


    • lifeofendurance says:

      That’s a really good point. I don’t often go out to eat, so this week was kinda weird and out of my comfort zone to have every meal out. Either way, cooking or eating out, I’m trying to show myself love and eat what fuels my marathon training (runger is so real…)
      Blackberry ice cream ON buckwheat pancakes would be a game changer!!! 😀


  3. Lyss says:

    I’m proud of you for stepping out of your comfort zone Caroline and just going with the flow! It is such an amazing feeling if you ask me. 🙂 Those black bean burgers sound amazing! I have never had buckwheat pancakes but I bet I would love them. 🙂


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