This past spring break, I went to Chiapas, Mexico to visit my friend Briana who is conducting research in this area. I hadn’t seen her in 9 months and thought this was the perfect opportunity for a vacation. Chiapas is hands-down one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever been to. It has a huge jungle that covers mountains for miles. Additionally, it has some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world. Exhibit A:
Honestly one of the prettiest sites I’ve ever seen.
While this trip was one of the best trips I’ve ever been on, it was not without its hiccups. My third day in Chiapas I got HORRIBLE food poisoning. Everyone is asking me if I drank the water and telling me that I shouldn’t have. Let me clear one thing up, I DID NOT DRINK THE WATER. I avoided it at all costs. This was just good ole’ fashion food poisoning.
In addition to getting a fever and having horrible bowel movements (TMI sorry), it happened at the worst time possible. My friend, Briana, and I signed up for a two-day tour that would take us to a couple of ancient Mayan ruins. The tour company said that they would pick us up at her house, reserve a hotel room for us for the one night that we were spending in a different city (this was included in our tour package), and drop us off back at her house the next day.
In short, this did not happen. There was a miscommunication amongst the tour company and us and they did not drop us off at her house the last night of the tour. They dropped us in a different city SIX HOURS AWAY from where her house was. We called them constantly saying that we were stranded and they were essentially like tough luck. We ended up renting a hotel room, staying in the different city for the night and took a bus back the next day. All of this was going on while I had a fever and the shakes.
Although this was extremely stressful at the time, it all worked out and my friend and I were back at her house the next day.
For the first time in my life, I was scared to eat anything and everything. I don’t think the food poisoning was from one restaurant but from all of them. The area that my friend and I were in did not have a lot of resources and, subsequently, very poor hygiene. At one place, there were no sinks inside the bathrooms, only buckets that you could dip your hands into on the way out. It’s not the restaurants’ fault, they did the best with what they had.
I ended up going to the grocery store, getting groceries for PB & Js, and eating those the rest of the time. Changing from a diet typically high in fruits and vegetables to one primarily grains and sugar did not help my digestive tract either. It was a reality check and made me realize a lot of things that I took for granted living in the US. I took for granted having bathrooms with running water and clean restaurants that I wasn’t afraid to eat at. This experience opened my eyes to the conditions of other populations in the world.
Going on this trip reinforces the fact that things need to be done to create healthy eating spaces and safe practices for everyone. Through this blog, I’m going to bring more of these issues to light and develop ways in which we can help eradicate this problem.
Has there ever been a time where you got a “reality-check”? What is your worst food poisoning story? Let me know in the comments below.
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- 2 cups Spring Mix
- 1/4 cup sliced strawberries
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- 1/4 cup candied pecans
- 1/4 cup clementines, sliced
- 1/4 avocado
- 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
- 2/3 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup avocado oil
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- Salt and Pepper, to taste
- Mix spring mix, strawberries, blueberries, pecans, clementines, and avocados. Set aside.
- Add raspberries, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, granulated sugar, sea salt, and pepper to a food processor and pulse.
- Drizzle vinaigrette onto the salad.
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