Postcard of the Week: Glorious Belizean Food

If I had a top five list of things I look forward to when returning to Belize, food would be one of them.

Belizean food is so, so good and incredibly underrated.

From Latin to Creole and African influenced dishes, snacks and desserts, it’s hard to stay in shape here!

Tamales, mashed plantains, coconut rice and beans, fry jacks, chicken stews, plastic pudding, chimole…. the list goes on.  And as a foodie at heart (or a “fat girl in a skinny body” as my friends like to tease), I hunt down all local foods and love sampling them – from the street vendors to the authentic home-cooked or high end restaurants and even a Belizean mom’s kitchen.

When I returned from there last March, I resolved to lose all the weight I had gained, which is a lot easier to do at home given that I find the food in DC bland after being abroad.

Now that I’ve lost 12 pounds in the last six months and elated at being back to my size two — I have to head back and experience all those wonderful eateries for you all and for my Moon Belize guidebook…  I’m very afraid, ha! And I’m sure you’re feeling badly for me.

Any realistic (no gym time) advice on staying fit during long-term travel (and not packing every single item that fits perfectly now that I’m back to my size)?


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Lebawit Lily Girma

Lebawit Lily Girma is an award-winning, Ethiopian-American travel writer, photographer and author of several Caribbean guidebooks for Moon Travel Guides, including Moon Belize, Moon Belize Cayes, and Moon Dominican Republic (October 2016). Her work focuses on Caribbean culture and adventure, and has been published in AFAR, CNN Travel, BBC, Delta Sky, The Guardian, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, and Every Day With Rachael Ray, among many others. Lily is also the 2016 recipient of the Marcia Vickery Wallace Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism for her Caribbean coverage, from the Caribbean Tourism Organization. Lily calls herself a “culture-holic”–she speaks four languages fluently and has lived in Cote d’Ivoire, England, Jamaica, Belize, the Dominican Republic and traveled to some 30+ countries around the world. Last but not least, she is a former corporate attorney who ditched her Washington DC office for the road in 2009 to pursue her dream of becoming a storyteller. Lily holds a Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish (summa cum laude) from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.

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