‘cause don’t we all want to eat our cake and not have it (showing) too?!
I almost never put on weight on vacation. If anything, I come back lighter! It makes me think it’s good enough reason to always be on vacay! But then again, when did anyone ever need a reason to take a holiday?
I am a generally conscious and clean eater but I have to be honest – I can really let go sometimes! The key word being sometimes. And much more so when I’m travelling. Bread and wine alone can add up to my regular calorie intake when I’m on holiday. And this isn’t me being my usual exaggerated self!
Getting down to business, I feel these few tips will help ward off any extra pounds. The only thing you want to bring from your holiday is a tan and some souvenirs, correct?
Eat healthfully for most part of the day
The idea is to indulge. But not all the time! Save the naughty treats for tea time if it’s a croissant and cappuccino you fancy. Or dig in to that giant plate of pasta at lunch, but then make up with a salad at dinner. Balance your meals through the day so you don’t have an enormous load of calories to process.
Eat in moderation
Doughnuts by the dozen may come cheap, but they also come easily on the thighs. Eat everything, but in small portions. Sharing your order is by far the best way to achieve this. You get a taste of everything without consuming too many calories.
Squeeze in a run
I love running when I travel. It’s a treat to have a new running track everyday. And of course, the biggest hook for me is the intense calorie burn which allows me to eat guilt-free! You don’t have to pressure yourself in to working out everyday. Even a quick thirty minute run whenever you can, aiming for four times a week is enough!
Take the bus, train, rent a bike, walk! It might be tempting to flag down a cab and maximise your holiday time. But meandering around in a new city is the by far the best way to explore it! It’s most often how I stumble upon a quaint café or a local boutique that I would have never seen if I were sitting in the backseat of an Uber. I also find it exciting to track my steps at the end of every day using my iPhone Health app. It keeps me motivated and on track!
Everything is a state of mind. Don’t worry too much, be mindful of what you eat and your activity levels, and all will be fabulous!
And lastly, get back to your routine post-vacay!