There are two seasons I find it really hard to stay on track in my journey…holidays and vacation.
It’s important we have a plan that is not stressful but rather helps us stay on track. Nutrition is such a big part of our journey!!
It’s a busy season both ways…we are not in our typical routine, and that is a good thing. We all need a break from the daily grind. Holidays and vacations offer that opportunity to us.
But It does not mean that it’s an excuse to let the effort we put in during the “normal” times on hold…or backtrack.
So what do we do?
Here are 5 tips to help you have a “clean” vacation.
If you are traveling with lots of family you can plan what meals you are helping with. Make them healthy & fun. There are so many great clean and healthy recipes. If you have a plan for your days then you can make sure your days are balanced, instead of a free for all.
For example we are going to beach and have planned to eat out once for breakfast, once for lunch, and once for dinner.
Knowing that I planned what to make for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the other days. Simple things that we enjoy like Read Beans & Quinoa. Taco Night. Homemade Pizza Night. And leftovers night.
2. Shop ahead
When you have a plan then you can go to the store and pick up some of the items that you need to help with keeping the cost down and also get the things you know your family likes. I ran to Costco this past week and picked up breads, gluten free items (they can be expensive in other stores), snacks for the go, and a few treats….it is vacation. It’s the one time we get cereal and fruit snacks and another snack…rice crispy treat & the kids love that!
Planning and shopping helps you have the tools for your plan. It also takes the stress away of finding the foods you like & need.
We are also packing a cooler with fresh produce and lunch items. The only things I plan to pick up are milk, meat. And some fruit once we arrive.
3. Pack for the Road
Often the travel to your destination leaves you feeling crummy because of all the processed foods and drive throughs. We make sure to pack healthy snacks for the car. We take pretzels, apples, Water bottles. I also make sandwiches or wraps for the kids.
The hubs and I always take our shakeology on the road. Then if it’s a super long trip with lots of stops we pick a healthier place along the way to stop and eat.
4. Enjoy your time and pick your 10s
When on vacation you want to enjoy yourself. It’s good to enjoy treats that you don’t normally have and you should not worry or be afraid of them. I battled a fear of food for a long time that led to emotional binges.
Instead now I pick my 10s. What are the foods you love that you would like to treat yourself too. Enjoy them. For me at the beach it’s crab legs and hush puppies. Also we have a night out where we get ice cream.
That being said…make your 10s count. Make them worth the splurge. Don’t eat things to the point of feeling sick. Balance them with healthy foods and also make sure your not hitting a 10 at every meal.
5. Water. Water. Water.
Drink up. Drink at least 64 oz a day of not half your body weight. Bring water with you. Add lemon or frozen fruit or mint to snazz it up.
There are so many benefits to drinking water. Check this out:
I am aiming for 100 oz a day.
Added Bonus: You might find that by keeping this focus you lot only feel better while on vacation…you also save money!!!
The most important thing is that you feel happy and comfortable in your skin and in your thoughts. We don’t want to act like a yo yo in our fitness journey both in our food but also when we beat ourselves up or feel guilty that sabotages our journey just as much as the over indulgences.
We need to make changes to incorporate balance so that we learn to enjoy the treats and still maintain our health inside and out.
I hope this helps you like it has helped us…