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Tips on Taking This Challenge — Meal Driven

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Tips on Taking This Challenge

Tips on Taking This Challenge

June 28, 2013 4:26 am 66 comments

2013-06-06 16.59.38

I know, I know, everyone who has read Malcolm and I’s posts on this challenge over the past couple of weeks are itching to start one of their own. Who wouldn’t want to get into the fun and bliss of struggling to eat food that you don’t really want in the first place. Before you jump right in and start your version of the challenge, I thought I would hand down my little black book of secret tips for eating New York City food trucks for 30 straight meals.

11 Essencial MealDriven Food Challenge Tips

Tip 1: Get as much Sushi, Salad and Gourmet Breakfast-es (breakfast-i? breakfast-ice?) in your belly as you can before starting. You are not going to find any of these on your journey. Also, stay away from anything in a corn based flat bread (i.e. a taco), you are going get a lot of those.

Tip 2: If you have a girlfriend, go on a couple dates before the challenge starts. If you don’t have a GF, do not go on a date prior to starting the challenge. Why? The relationship buzz will be dead in the water before you finish up.

Tip 3: Go through a weekend practice run (making sure to be incognito). If Malcolm and I had done a dry run before getting into this Challenge…well, I won’t finish that sentence. Let’s just say, by the time we started, we had already told too many people.

Tip 4: Buy a bottle of Multi-vitamins and start taking them. You can deal with the strange color urine that results from too much vitamin in the system for the couple days before you start. You will be thanking me later, because believe me, a balanced diet in the near future is highly unlikely.

Tip 5: Do a bunch of research on the trucks ahead of time. I personally didn’t. I thought it would be easy to wing it… Nope, I was dead wrong. There are not as many trucks as you think there would be and they aren’t as wide spread as you would think. Clusters is the name of the game.

Tip 6: Be ready to be forward thinking and buy food ahead of time. On the MealDriven challenge, it is not clear the next time you are going to be able to make it to a food truck, so when in doubt, buy two meals worth and save it for later. This is a precautionary measure, not unlike going to the bathroom one last time when you don’t really need to – before you head out on a road trip.

Tip 7:  Your hours of operation are 11am to 4pm. That is when the trucks come out to play. If you check your watch and it is outside of those times – PANIC – because you are headed down a one-way street to hot dogs or Halal and you just had those yesterday.

Tip 8: Be Mobile. This isn’t an ad for a new cell phone – although having a better food truck app would help. What I mean is that most trucks live in neighbors that people work – not necessarily live – so be ready to get out of your neighborhood.

Tip 9: Buy some really good toilet paper. Frequent trips to the bathroom are the norm for me, challenge or not, but this challenges will kick any bowel into a new gear.

Tip 10: Steal a bunch of your dad’s blood pressure medicine. On top of helping to settle down your own frustration from not being able to eat what you want, it will help counter act the insane amount of salt you will intake from the types of foods that are sold on food trucks.

Tip 11: Love “Chicken over Rice”. It is the only food that is available 24/7 on the challenge. Actually, it is the only reliable food at all. So get to the love the smell, the white stuff sauce, the 3 vegetables in there and the smiling man that serves you the food.

Equipped with these tips, you should should be ready to embark on the next great phase of your life. Hopefully you will enjoy it as much as we did!


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