Vacation Splurging -What I do Before & After an Awesome Vacation
We all love to indulge when on vacation and in this article I will go over some great tips to help maintain your health and fitness goals during and after vacation while splurging. I just got back from an amazing 1 week trip to the Majestic Elegance in the Dominican Republic and I’m ready to get back to my normal eating habits and work out routine. My husband and I were celebrating our 2 year anniversary, and we wanted to make sure we enjoyed every moment of that, and one of our favorite things to enjoy is food. So the question is what can you do during vacation and after vacation? There are many questions we may ask ourselves. What choices should you make at the restaurants? Should I work out? Should I walk extra? Should I avoid drinking? Should I not have sweets? What do I have to do after vacation? The list goes on.
I believe everything you choose to do is based on moderation and that is key. You should definitely enjoy the vacation. I sure did. I am a creature of habit, and I can stick to a fitness/health plan and be focused like routine. I do have some trouble relaxing when it comes to food and especially on vacation. You know what, you’re on vacation and enjoy your time there!
I think one of the best tips I can give is to, relax and enjoy. This is one of the hardest for me because when I’m so focused on a routine and meal plan, it’s hard to just give it up. It’s vacation, you’re supposed to be able to unwind and just be free from the normal stresses of life. This is your time to forget everything and just do what you love.
Staying active is a great way to feel great on vacation. I would suggest putting in an extra long walk on the beach, go to the resorts/hotels fitness center, going on a hike, or doing a fun activity like Zumba on the beach. For example, the benefit of walking on the beach is that you will use 20-50 percent more calories than walking on a flat surface. We all will be eating extra calories, so getting in some active minutes will make you feel better 1, and 2 help burn off some of the extra calories. Staying focused is key. For me working out is so important to start my day and I will work out almost every day just to stay motivated, and keep up with my habits. Also, if you are able to get a workout in, it also sets your day up for success to make better decisions.
Keep sodium and food intake in moderation. Most vacations involve splurging on food. For me, I enjoy all inclusive resorts and the buffets are my downfall. I can eat plate after plate just because they have so many options available and I want to try everything. So my tip to you is when making your food choices, add more veggies and lean proteins to your plate while avoiding foods with more salt. I also would suggest not filling up on carbohydrates like bread, rice, fried potatoes etc. I would try to avoid fried foods or limit the amount you select. I would always try to make a large salad at lunch with no dressing, but add a great piece of salmon or chicken on top. Then if your still hungry after you can make a second plate with vegetables and meats. Also, the morning of I would choose which meal is the meal I will splurge on. I like to choose dinner since it’s the last meal of the day and gives me the opportunity to stay focused during the day.
Also when eating out, it’s very normal for the foods to be prepared with more salt. This can affect how you feel and can cause bloating. When you consume too much sodium, it causes your body to retain extra fluid which can make you feel bloated. So be prepared to feel a little more bloated than normal when splurging on your vacation. Another thing that can happen when enjoying your meals is that over time your body can start to crave more salty foods. So again make sure to choose food options that will make you feel better and less bloated. Avoid salty foods such as sauces, chips, pretzels, deli meats, and mixed nuts.
Limit sugary alcoholic drinks. We all love the pina colada’s, or strawberry daiquiris, but they are filled with so much sugar and calories. You can be drinking 250-400 calories per drink and that can easily add up to multiple drinks. For example, a strawberry daiquiri has 216 calories, and 32 grams of sugar and one of my favorites drinks the Dirty Banana (frozen amazingness) is 470 calories and 21 grams of sugar. It has been shown that the overconsumption of sugar is often the main reason why we store excess weight due to a spike in your blood sugar. Sugar also doesn’t satisfy your appetite and often can leave your more hungry and also brings out the urge to snack and add more calories to your day.
When enjoying your vacation try to limit yourself to 1 sugary drink and stick to lighter options like vodka with soda water or wine. It’s vacation, I don’t want to tell you to avoid alcoholic drinks but remember to make smarter choices.
After Vacation Tips
Now that your amazing vacation has ended what do you do now? You feel blah, and now it’s time to kick it back in gear.
It’s ok that you have splurged, don’t beat yourself up. I’m totally guilty of this one. After I have decided I will enjoy my vacation, I get home and I feel like I gained 20 lbs. DONT. We have one life to live, and if we can’t enjoy it what’s the point. This is so important to understand that its ok, and you will go right back to your pre-vacation routines. Just remember it was temporary and make sure to get back on track.
Lower carbohydrate, and high protein diet. After vacation and consuming more calories than normal, it’s best to get back to your original habits. I will stick to a low carbohydrate, high protein, and green vegetable diet. Stick to healthy carbohydrates like sweet potato, rice cakes, and brown rice. Make sure to be having lean proteins every meal such as white fish and chicken. The main thing is to go back to your original plan and routine. Also, I would limit my sodium intake as well while adding good fats.
Hydrate. After a wonderful vacation, I’m sure you weren’t keeping up with your water. Make sure to get your water consumption back to where you were originally. If you’re not sure of a starting point, a good number is 1/2 your body weight in oz. For example, If you weigh 120lbs, drink 60oz of water. It’s important to stay hydrated and get the benefits of water, such as removing waste, regulating our bodies and giving us energy.
Increase cardio. Now that you have gotten home and you’re ready to get back to your routine a great way to shed some of the vacation weight is to increase your cardio routine. If you were doing 25 minutes before vacation I would try adding 15-20 extra minutes until you feel you have reached where you want to be pre-vacation.
Vacations are great and following some helpful tips can assist you in maintaining your health and fitness. Enjoy your vacation, and remember that it’s ok to splurge and enjoy yourself. Stick to my healthy tips and make your vacations and post-vacations great.