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)?


Lebawit Lily Girma

Lebawit Lily Girma is an award-winning travel journalist, photographer, and guidebook author specializing in the Caribbean region. Her work has been published in major travel publications, including CNN, AFAR, Delta Sky, Lonely Planet, Shermans Travel, and BBC, among others. A self-professed "culture-holic," Lily left her native Ethiopia at age one, fast developing a passion for the expat Caribbean life. In 2008, she ditched her US corporate law career for the road and created Sunshine and Stilettos—a travel photography blog showcasing authentic ways to experience the Caribbean, through culture and nature. Lily has since partnered with Caribbean tourism boards and travel brands on major content projects. She also authors print guidebooks on three destinations, including Belize, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica. Read more on her site,

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