Staying on Track While Eating Out on Vacation- New Orleans

Staying on track while eating out on vacation can be hard,

let me help!

New Orleans has some amazing food and boy did we enjoy it! Two of my favorite places were Pêche and Shaya.

Neither one of these places is traditional New Orleans cuisine.

But we did eat our fair share of Beignets at Cafe Beignet , Gumbo, Red Beans and Rice, Shrimp and Grits at Basin Seafood & Spirits and it was good!

But, back to my two favorite places, Pêche and Shaya how do you stay on track while eating out on vacation.


Pêche is inspired by the cooking of South America, Spain, and the Gulf Coast, Chefs Donald Link, Stephen Stryjewski and Ryan Prewitt designed Pêche Seafood Grill. Focused on working with local fishermen and farmers who harvest sustainably,

Pêche serves simply prepared contemporary dishes, rustic creations cooked on an open hearth, as well as fresh oysters and Gulf fish.


Shaya restaurant marries Israeli staples with Southern flavors and modern techniques, striking a balance between innovation and tradition.  Shaya approaches Israeli cuisine as a grand mosaic, drawing influence and inspiration from North Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Turkey and Greece. The contemporary menu reflects the ongoing evolution of Israeli food and celebrates the abundance of Louisiana.

Shaya highlights seasonal, responsibly- and locally-sourced ingredients. The wood-fire oven is central to both the menu and the dining experience, from the incredible homemade, wood-fired pita to vegetable-centric small plates and heartier entrees. Many of the dishes on the diverse menu are meant to be shared and enjoyed throughout many courses.

Here are my Tips to Eating Amazing Food on

Vacation and Staying on Track

Stop eating when you are no longer hungry, not when you are full.

I love to taste when I travel, I want to try all the places and all the things. But, if I ate full meals at every place I would be miserable. You don’t feel good when you overeat, especially restaurant food, and especially for multiple days and meals. So, I don’t. I eat until I am no longer hungry. This requires you practice mindfulness while eating, Be present in your body and knowing when you should stop eating, The bonus when you really focus on the flavors, tastes, textures and don’t inhale your food, it tastes way better.

Choose a light meal.

Since I know I am going to eat out for 1-2 meals each day on vacation, I make sure one of my meals is light. I am not the biggest breakfast fan. I know some people can not go through a day without eggs, and that is fine. Maybe your lunch is light or your dinner. It doesn’t matter what meal it is, bottom line is that you can not eat 3 meals out at a restaurant and stay on track.

Share your food.

This is my favorite tip, because it means I get to try more food! Family style is my preferred way to eat. Even if a dish is the best thing you have ever had, after a few bites it doesn’t get better…so why not pass that amazing dish across the table and move on to the next? Then you and your friends can all share the experience together. This also really helps with Tip #2, you can stop eating when you are no longer full and move on. There is so much pressure to finish our plates, and when you are at a restaurant that plate can be 2-3 servings.

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