Panicking about Going on a Class Trip

love2eatinpa, 24 February 2010, 30 comments
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So on Friday my 4th grader’s class is going on class trip to our local aquarium. I volunteered to chaperone and was chosen to go.

The parents get to ride on the bus. We leave the school at around 9:00 am and get back at around 2:00 pm. It’s always fun to go to the aquarium and I’m happy to spend that time with my daughter.

While that is all awesome and exactly what life is about, the recovering compulsive eater in me is in a bit of a panic. We are all supposed to pack lunches, which is perfect for me. I don’t have to worry about finding something healthy to eat at one of the lunch stands at the aquarium.

However, I am a grazer. So what do I do when I get hungry mid morning and then again in the early afternoon when I’m with the kids? Do I suck it up and live with my hunger? Do I pull out a snack and try to covertly eat it in front of them? Do I need to go to the ladies room or somewhere else to “hide” and eat my snacks? I don’t want to be starving when I get home and set myself up for a binge.

And what about my water drinking? I always have a water by my side, that I drink thirsty or not. How can I drink it in front of the kids when I feel pretty certain that they won’t be able to drink freely like that out of a water bottle?

The last hurdle that I have already wrapped my brain around is that the class trip is on the day I have my cardio kickboxing class. While I’m bummed I’m going to miss the class, our family is supposed to go skiing the next day, so that will be a workout, especially because I’m a novice =). So that part is a little easier than dealing with the food.

So please, does anyone have any suggestions as to how to best deal with my snack and drinking water issues?

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  1. Holly
    24 February 2010, 5:12 pm

    Oh my gosh – I feel like I wrote this!

    I PANIC if I don’t have a water bottle with me. I am thirsty 24/7 and drink over 150 oz. of just water a day! What I would do: bring a big purse and hide a water bottle in there. If someone asks you about it, you can say health reasons (not a total lie – I’ve been told to get checked for diabetes because of my immense thirst!).

    And for me, the perfect “small” snack that is easy to eat somewhat secretly is almonds. They fill me up, they’re good for you, and again, I would just put a small baggie in my purse.

    Would you also be comfortable with eating a larger breakfast than normal, to tide you over? I know that is hard for me just because I am a grazer, too. But that is a thought.

    I know it all will go over well, but I do know that panic. Just remember – big purse! 🙂
    .-= Holly´s last blog ..Lara Lovin’ =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i’m sorry that you are a fellow sufferer and feel the same way, holly, but selfishly, it’s good to know i’m not the only one.

    i think i will go with the big purse or back pack then. i don’t like almonds, but i will try to come up with something that is small so that i can just pop it into my mouth discreetly. maybe i could cut up my protein bar? um, the larger breakfast is an idea, but i’ve never really done that before and i’m not sure how it would play out. thanks so much for your suggestions!

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  2. Michelle@Eatingjourney
    24 February 2010, 7:03 pm

    take a back pack with a water holder…some snacks.

    Remember that you’re there to be with your child. There’s more to life then food/water/eating. I know this from the exact place that you’re in. I to have done and still do stress totally about food. It robs the occassion of it’s beauty. Plan what you can, control those things, and try to find the control in being flexible. Plan to be flexible as opposed to stressing about it.

    God have FUN!
    .-= Michelle@Eatingjourney´s last blog ..A Compulsive Overeater ~ Guest Post =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    you are so right, michelle, but it’s so hard to break out of this controlling thing. i know i need to try more to live in the moment because all this obsessing does rob me of the moment some times. thanks for the needed reminder!

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  3. Carrie
    24 February 2010, 7:43 pm

    That shouldn’t be a problem. If it’s a fourth grade class, they should stop at some point mid-morning and have a snack. If not just have something quick–the kids will notice but that’s ok.

    As far as the water, I cannot imagine the kids aren’t allowed to have a water bottle. They may not but they are allowed.

    I am an elementary school teacher and I carry my water with me everywhere.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks for all the reassurances, carrie! i really appreciate the perspective from an elementary ed teacher. thanks for stopping by too! =)

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  4. Anonymous Fat Girl
    24 February 2010, 7:53 pm

    Oh my goodness. Lots of hurdles to overcome here. It doesn’t sound like the hiding part would be good for you, but at the same time you don’t want to eat in front of the kids. Do you think maybe you could get a way for just a few minutes and eat a snack? Without hiding? I like the protein bar idea, maybe bring some sugar free gum too. And I’m sure other parents probably feel the same way as you. I know I take my water everywhere I go, so maybe you won’t be alone. Keep us updated on how it goes, I’m curious.
    .-= Anonymous Fat Girl´s last blog ..Don’t become an animal carcass in the Sahara Desert (or a weight loss blog casualty) =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    it’s so ridiculous that i even have to think about this stuff, isn’t? i’m feeling good now about the water and i’ll just do my best with the snacks. maybe, as michelle suggested, i will allow myself to get caught up in the moment of enjoying the aquarium that my snacks might not even be an issue. i will keep you updated. =)

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  5. Jody - Fit at 52
    24 February 2010, 8:59 pm

    This is so out of my league cause I have never had to worry about this. If it were me, I would take my snacks & find a way to eat them but I am really not sure if that works or not.

    I will leave it to the experts to give you their knowledge!

    Good luck & fun with your daughter, at least!
    .-= Jody – Fit at 52´s last blog ..Eating Strategies; National Eating Disorder Awareness Week =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks for your support, jody. you are lucky you’ve never had to worry about this stuff. thankfully, i’ve received some really great suggestions from my blogging friends, so i think i’ll be able to handle the class trip food-wise and have some fun too.

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  6. Sarah Hannah
    24 February 2010, 9:17 pm

    I was just wondering, what’s wrong with eating in front of the kids? Am I missing something here?

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i guess i would just feel funny if we were all walking around looking at exhibits and i was eating something when they didn’t have/weren’t allowed to have a snack. is that is just my crazy compulsive eater mindset, sarah? maybe if i was a ‘normal’ eater i wouldn’t think like that.

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  7. Patsy
    25 February 2010, 6:26 am

    Stupid question, but don’t the kids have a healthy ‘snack time’? I know we always did as kids at school…

    This is going to sound REALLY bad (and it’s not meant in a compulsive-eating-in-secret way, even if it sounds like that!) but can you excuse yourself briefly and go somewhere private to have a quick snack?
    .-= Patsy´s last blog ..I *Heart* Weight Training! =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    not stupid at all, patsy! in our school system, there is a big jump between 3rd and 4th grade, with the 4th graders being treated as “bigger” kids. in fact, they are in the middle school. the kids were not told to pack snacks, only lunch.
    hopefully i will be able to live in the moment, be present with my daughter and the fish, but if i get hungry, i will as discreetely as possible, pop some prepared small pieces of snack into my mouth instead of taking out a whole protein bar and gnawing on it.

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  8. Diana
    25 February 2010, 11:16 am

    You are planning ahead…totally smart (not sad)!
    I would snack and drink. They should be able to as well. If not, then try to be discrete.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks for your support and suggestions, diana! i am feeling more calm about the whole thing.

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  9. Lara
    25 February 2010, 12:50 pm

    I often have little snacks in my purse–nuts, Larabars, string cheese etc. You can nibble very discretely if need be.
    I am sure there are water fountains in the museum but if you are not thirsty why do you feel the need to drink all the time? Is it part of the compulsive behavior?

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i think i would eat mine if i had them in there all the time. you are right, lara, i didn’t even think of that, there probably are water fountains, but i’m not sure how closely i’ll need to hang with my group of kids. and part of my compulsion IS that i need to have some kind of food or drink in my hand/mouth at all times. i’m trying to get over this and live in the moment, but old habits are hard to break. =)

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  10. Lara
    25 February 2010, 4:49 pm

    Oh I don’t keep them in my purse all the time 🙂 just when I know I will be out and about and not able to eat a normal meal or have my normal snacks, etc. However I have gotten better about not eating things just because they are there. You might be suprised that you are better with that as well now that you have made a lot of progress in your recovery.
    I chew a lot of gum, I think it goes back to wanting something in my mouth, etc. I used to drink water all the time, feeling like I had to do so to keep my stomach feeling full. I actually wound up with an electrolyte balance as a result. Even something as “harmless” as water can cause problems!. Not that it has anythig to do with the post here but just saying I can relate to those kinds of habits.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    oh! i’m sorry, i misunderstood! you may be and i hope you are, right, i may not go digging for the snacks as much as i think i will. i’m hoping to be caught up with my daughter, her friends and the fish =).
    so you and i are (were for you!) in the same boat with wanting something in my mouth and that there is something in my belly. gum is another good idea, i had forgotten about that, so thanks! hopefully it won’t be rude to chew in front of the kids. but wow, you really must have drank a lot to through off your electrolytes! was it hard to cut back on your water consumption? how did you know your electrolytes were off?

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  11. Lara
    26 February 2010, 10:03 am

    I really did not drink THAT much. I counted once and it was aruond 80 ounces a day which is not that much over the “8, 8 oz” servings that many recommend. Routine lab work showed my sodium levels were low. I didn’t have symptoms but my doc was concerned because if it gets too low it can be very dangerous. He ruled out other things that could cause low sodium and everything was normal so his assessment was it most likely from drinnking lots of water. I also eat a lot of veggies and you get a lot of water from foods as well.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    that is not that much water at all. as you said, it must have come from your foods too. it’s good that you were in touch with your body and got yourself checked outl

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  12. Chef Lisa
    26 February 2010, 4:28 pm

    I hope your field trip went well. What a dilemma! I used to teach elementary/middle school and now that I have an understanding of nutrition, I am disgusted with the rules that schools often inflict on their populations in regard to food and drink. Ugh. But I digress…

    Protein and fat foods such as nuts are probably your best option in situations like these, because they’ll make you feel full for a longer time than a bag full of Cheerios or other carb-filled snack might. So I would vote for a small package of nuts or a little bit of cheese. And if anybody gave me a hard time about it, I’d say it was for a medical reason. Let’s face it – running your body properly is a medical thing, right?

    Again, hope it went well…and thanks for the comment on my recipe 🙂

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks for the great suggestions, chef lisa, and for stopping by my site! turns out the trip was cancelled due to snow but now i’m armed and ready for when it’s rescheduled. =)

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  13. Chef Lisa
    26 February 2010, 7:53 pm

    NP – love your blog!

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    aw, thanks! i think yours is great!

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  14. Kara Jackson
    27 February 2010, 5:22 am

    I used to take kids on trips like this all the time, except in South Korea! I worked as an English teacher there for a year. I wouldnt worry about the snacking, think of something kids really wouldnt want, like an odwalla bar without the wrapper (it looks gross), and much on it, usually kids will comment, but won’t want any of it 🙂
    .-= Kara Jackson´s last blog ..Stretching For Golf: Improve That Swing! =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    wow, you must be a very special person to be taking classes on trips in south korea! thanks for your suggestions on bringing non-attractive food! =)

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  15. Jill
    28 February 2010, 6:52 pm

    I second the “medical reasons” excuse, I do believe that hypoglycemics have to eat regularly to keep their blood sugar under control.

    Typing this also makes me think of when Arnold Schwarzenegger met up with his cop co worker in “Kindergarten Cop”.

    She would be eating constantly and told him that she was hypoglycemic and if she didn’t eat regularly she’d “go a little nuts”. hehe 🙂

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    though the trip was cancelled, when it’s rescheduled i will definitely keep that medical excuse in my back pocket. =)

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