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 has contributed writing and photography to CNN Travel, New York Magazine, AFAR, American Way, Travel Channel, BBC Travel, and others. She’s the new author of MOON BELIZE for Moon Travel Guides, and is completing a second title, MOON BELIZE CAYES. A serial expat, Lily’s lived and studied on three continents, including Africa–from her native Ethiopia to Côte d'Ivoire––and Europe, and is fluent in four languages. A former attorney who ditched the office for the road in 2009, she favors all things culture, adventure and storytelling, and escapes Washington DC’s winters every year. Lily also runs her award-winning travel and photography blog, Sunshine and Stilettos.

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