Vacations are the best… but sadly, in the past, I’d get anxious for vacations because I KNEW I’d overindulge on food, eat extra desserts, & move less. I’d never fully ENJOY myself. I couldn’t avoid feeling GUILTY on vacation, & when the trip was over, I always felt I had to UNDO all my bad behaviors from the week. What chaos?! Can you relate?!
I get it, when you vacation, you typically want to take a break from your normal schedule. You plan to explore new places, try new foods, rest, & mentally reset! So, while you may not be able to (or want to!) commit to your exact same routine from home, it really is possible to take care of yourself & FEEL GOOD without depriving yourself of a true vacation! Learn from my mistakes with these 5 simple tips:
START YOUR DAY OFF RIGHT
Eat a protein-rich & fiber-packed breakfast with WATER. If you’re at a hotel that offers breakfast, fill up on items like fruit, eggs, whole wheat toast or English muffins, oatmeal, whole-grain cereal, Greek yogurt, turkey bacon or sausage, & veggies. You’ll be fully nourished & can enjoy the afternoon ahead. Pro-tip… ensure fruits &/or veggies are a part of each meal!
It’s good to take a break from your daily routine, but it is still a good idea to PLAN ahead. Plan which restaurants you’ll be attending. Identify which desserts you MUST try. Figure out the days you’ll be eating more indulgently & which days you’ll eat something more basic. Start with smaller portions & eat more if you’re hungry. This way, you’ll feel more in control of your choices.
Pack all your go-to snacks for the flight or car. When we get BUSY on vacation, we forget to eat every 2-3 hours like we do at home… so if you BRING snacks, you’ll be more likely to implement them. Have a local grocery store nearby? Then purchase some fruits, veggies, protein bars, whole-wheat crackers, etc. when you arrive to use on your trip. Pro-tip… stay at a place with a kitchen! You’ll save money & be able to cook at home for a couple of meals (like breakfast & lunch) & then dine out just once a day (like dinner).
Find fun ways to MOVE so that all your vacation activities don’t revolve around food. Play catch on the beach, canoe, hike, take a run through town, do a bike tour, ski, walk the shoreline, play a round of golf, do yoga, or try a local fitness class. The key is to try something different & have fun with friends while doing it.
While vacations offer rest & relaxation, they can still be stressful… especially when traveling with family & kids… & being crammed in a car or plane for several hours. So, keep a few good stress management techniques on hand when you feel signs of stress creeping in. Deep breathing, quiet time, a brisk walk, reading, or journaling can be helpful & SIMPLE to do while on vacation.
In summary, try to get off the “splurge” mentality when you go away & instead focus on all the wonderful ADDITIONS you’ll receive. Take your healthy lifestyle with you PLUS enjoy new foods, cuisine & treats. Also, HYDRATE often! Water is a big one that gets overlooked & can really help you FEEL better!
Let me know which tips help you avoid feeling guilty on YOUR next vacation.
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