I recently went on a birthday trip to San Francisco and got a little break from the hustle of everyday life. Here’s a pic of me enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Bay Bridge.
I had so much fun hanging out with close friends, and I did stay healthy which made me feel lighter and positive during my time.
But there’s no way I could have been perfect, and I was ok with that.
When you travel, it’s ok to go off track while you’re there.
I’m giving you permission to do that.
You don’t have to beat yourself up when you’re on a trip because you had dessert, or you ate an unhealthy meal, or you ate the fried calamari as an appetizer.
I encourage a much more gentle approach, one that’s actually sustainable (unlike others who are very black and white and say you must always be perfectly healthy).
Here are 5 tips to stay healthy, lose weight and be gentle and understanding with yourself when you travel.
1. Eat for how you feel when you’re on a trip. If you want to be active and energetic, eat lighter foods that will keep you full (eggs, filling salads, fish or chicken with vegetables and a side of bread).
If you want to indulge a bit, do so! But if you think it’s going to make you tired, you don’t have to eat the whole plate.
2. For desserts, 2-bites gives you the same satisfaction as eating the whole dessert (it’s been proven and I shared the study in my Busy Women Get Fit FB Group here).
3. Bring healthy snacks with you so that you always have a healthy go-to and you’re not driven to unhealthy foods just because they’re convenient. 100-calorie packs of nuts, broad beans or squeezable peanut butter packs are great options.
4. When you get back from travel, give yourself 1-2 days to rest, recover and grocery shop. This may mean for the first day you’re back you’re not entirely healthy, and that’s ok! If you were able to make some foods ahead of time and put it in your freezer (like meat/veggie balls/kabobs or a tray of marinated chicken) that makes the back-to-reality process happen easier.
5. Remember what putting yourself first means. Sometimes that doesn’t mean eating strict types of food. It means giving yourself a little freedom to enjoy yourself, and having the confidence when you’re in the right place you will eat healthy again.
Try not to spend your time of relaxation and fun feeling guilty. Instead treat yourself well and with balance.
Which one of my travel tips will you remember on your next trip? Let me know!