I must say before someone asks: I had not lose weight during the 31 days on the Camino de Santiago. Instead, I came back with two more kilos than when I had left Brazil.
In my opinion, I gained weight due to swelling caused by fluid retention – unfortunately I did not ingest the amount of water I should -, as well as the excess carbohydrate, mainly. I have never eaten so much sugar in life. It was sugar of chocolates and jellies, the grain of “bocadillos”, “tapas” and “magdalenas”, the potato of “tortillas”, the rice on the paella … But I do not complain. It was a choice I made to take advantage of the Way without worrying so much about the balanced diet I was doing for months.
Bocadillo and beer ;)
Apple pie <3
So much love for Magdalenas. :p
Tortilla francesa (without potato)
First of all, a clarification: the Camino de Santiago is perfectly adaptable to every pilgrim, vegetarian, with limited ingestion of gluten and lactose, etc. Ones only need to have a little patience and willingness to eventually cook the own food in the kitchens of hostels (most of them available for free use) or when go to a restaurant ask for any adjustments to the ingredients.
Basically, my eating routine was to have breakfast, eat a snack at lunch and at night satisfied myself with the Pilgrim menu.
The breakfast offered in most cafes, bars or restaurants envolved “tostadas” (or toast) with butter and geleia, accompanied by coffee with milk and orange juice.
One of the breakfast I had (I hope my nutricionist doesn’t read this post haha!)
The snack that I made reference alternated between a “bocadillo” of cheese and tomatoes or tuna and a tortilla (potato pie and egg), accompanied by coffee with milk or a “clara” – beer with lemon juice – (if the sun was strong enough).
Bocadillo of tuna and coffee and milk.
Finally, the pilgrim’s menu for dinner … The Pilgrim menu is served in almost all bars and restaurants. It is composed of a starter course, a main course and a dessert, accompanied by wine will.
Salve, Baco! \o/
The starter course generally ranged from a cold salad and a soup. The main course offered options of red meat, chicken or fish, with a considerable portion of potato. Finally, the dessert comprised a portion of fruit salad, a fruit, a small yogurt, a flam, a Tarte de Santiago …
Starter course (cold salad)
Main course (chicken)
These and other options were available and the customer could choose among them, paying for everything between 8 and 10 euros, a fair price in my opinion.
Some hostels also offer a different kind of pilgrim menu. Twice I ate vegetarians menus. They were super tasty!
The starter course (vegetarian menu)
Lasagna with vegetables
Dessert: tarte of nuts
Others hostels, in turn, offered the dinner in exchange for donations. In one of these, in Acacio Brazilian hostel in Viloria de Rioja, I ate lentils, making me remember the good old beans of brazilian daily lunch.
Unlikely the predictions of my friends who had said I would return thiner, the Camino proved to be a big surprise.