Whenever we go on vacation (especially women), for the few weeks leading up to it, we’re in a mad race to lose weight and tone up for that vacation-ready body. Sometimes we succeed, but regardless of the outcome of your efforts, almost everything seems to come undone as soon as we reach our destination – pina coladas, I’m talking to you.
After having travelled for several weeks and struggling with my health, I’ve come up with my top 5 tips for a healthy vacation while still enjoying yourself!
I made this mistake. I essentially dehydrated myself for about a month, and that was a very, very bad idea. My line of thinking was that I don’t want to have to find a bathroom every hour – especially when it costs a euro to use them! However, that often left me tired, with headaches, and grumpy… and once I let myself go, it was hard to catch up. In fact, it took a good 2-3 days of being at home doing nothing for me to recuperate and feel like I was hydrated again.
You should feel awesome on your trip. The better you feel, the more you’ll remember, and the more you’ll appreciate the vacation. Do yourself a favor and bring around a bottle with you.
Start your day as healthy as possible.
Try your best to start your day well. When you choose a healthy option in the morning, you’re more likely to continue that pattern through the rest of your day. You know what’s healthy and what’s not. Try and think with your mind, not your stomach. Again, it’s the same line of thinking… treat your body well so you can have the best trip and not be plagued with an upset stomach or being so full you can barely move!
Visit a grocery store or market once in a while.
This one kind of depends on how long you’re traveling for, but even if it’s just a few days, pick up a few things at the grocery store. Bananas, apples, rice cakes, protein/nut bars, dried fruit, peanut butter, etc. If you have somewhere where you could make your own meal, even if it’s just one or two times, I highly recommend doing this as well. Not only will you save money, but you actually know what you’re eating!
Zsolt and I made the effort to eat in a restaurant no more than once a day, and I’m glad we did. We saved a LOT of money, and it was easier on my stomach. We usually would have fruit or yogurt or toast in the morning with some coffee, and then for lunch, we would buy things to make sandwiches. If we were extra adventurous, we made ourselves lunches the night before and packed them in a backpack.
This is another mistake I made… I was not eating often enough. When you travel, a lot of times you’re walking a lot more than usual. For us, this was an average of 16 miles a day. Each day I would have the intention of eating healthy foods, but then I would let myself get ravenous, order whatever sounded good on the menu, and then usually regret the choice… snack healthy and snack often.
Use these tips in moderation. Vacations and traveling should be cherished. They are experiences that you may never have again, so if you want to get dessert, get it. If that burger is calling your name, get it. Just be conscious of how you feel, don’t eat to make yourself sick, but appreciate the foods you indulge in. Appreciate the company and the atmosphere you’re in. Life is beautiful, and traveling is key to unlocking just how amazing it can be.
Don’t beat yourself up if you eat something “bad.” ESPECIALLY if you enjoyed it! Don’t deny yourself pleasure. But if you find yourself feeling guilty and you really didn’t even enjoy your “bad food,” maybe just take a step back and think about what is truly going to make you happy and feel good.
Remember, traveling is supposed to be FUN! Make sure it is!