Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Vacation and Getting Back to “Normal”

The kid and I got to spend several precious weeks with my family in July, and we are very grateful that we got to see everyone.

While on vacation, I relaxed my “rules” a bit more than I had in the past when I was on vacation – I drank some wine most days, had coffee (decaf as well as regular a few times) almost every day, and didn’t follow my eating window very much. I didn’t go completely “overboard” and made sure to eat plenty of healthy foods, especially lots of veggies.

Here is some of the food I ate. Everything was delicious, and I loved that I didn’t have to cook. While I love to cook, it’s nice to get a break once in a while…


While I enjoyed all the food and “treats” while I was gone, when I came back I definitely noticed that I didn’t feel my best. My digestion was not what it should be, and I had very little energy (jetlag may have had something to do with that, too…). So for the past week or so, I have been trying to “reset” things. Warm lemon water, green smoothies, big salads, walking, and yoga have all helped. And I am feeling more like myself again.

While I’m pretty much back to “normal,” it wasn’t that easy, and I realized that a few weeks with a few too many treats have not only consequences but may be the beginning of “new habits” – habits which I now had to “unlearn” again. The key is definitely not to let those “new habits” stick…

Next time I am on a long vacation, I think I will try to stick to my “rules” a bit more (without being too strict). Not feeling my best just isn’t worth the indulgences… But, it’s also good to know that it is possible to reset everything by doing what I know works for my body.

Questions: What’s your vacation “strategy” when it comes to food? Do you go all out, indulge in moderation, or follow strict rules?
 
Be well,
Andrea

15 comments:

  1. Glad to hear you're feeling more "normal" and less like the after-vacation feeling when you've been eating unusual foods at strange hours. I've been there, many times! I usually follow your strategy of indulging once in a while and not going overboard, but making room to enjoy foods. I'm happy to hear you and the kid had a great time visiting your family! :)

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  2. Glad you got away BUT i really don't go all out because I know my bod yells back at me! :) I eat pretty similar to home but I plan for enjoyment but not over indulging. :)

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    1. Yes, definitely not going all out anymore, but I find even small(ish) deviations from my "normal routine" (eating at different times, decaf, a little wine) have negative consequences... You are always an inspiration when it comes to eating (and planning for!) your treat cookies and eating (and working out) in a way that you know works for you!

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    2. Salads great food especially in the summer

      All the best Jan

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  3. So glad you got to spend so much time with your family!! And not having to cook is just the icing on the cake.

    I tend to allow myself one treat a day - french toast for breakfast one day, or an ice cream cone - it's so easy to fall into old habits if you throw in the towel for a couple weeks!

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    1. Yes, I know we are very, very fortunate to be able to spend a lot of time with them at one time. (One of the perks of teaching; I have to remember that when things get stressful during the semester...). And since they are soooooo far away, it seems necessary...

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  4. no strategy here... I KNOW KNOW KNOW routine is coming back all too soon :-)

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    1. And like Jody, you are my inspiration when it comes to consistently doing what works for you!!!

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  5. vacation is always tricky..i indulge on things i know i will really enjoy such as desserts (im looking at that creme brulee) but if there are healthier alternatives out there, I will go ahead and try it. Also, i like walking to places if possible during vacation so that kind of helps. But the trick is to get back on track after you are back - i try to make sure i am stocked with basic stuff at home such as frozen veggies, eggs, soups etc to get me started.

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    1. Yes, getting back on track right away is key. Having healthy foods at home when you get back is a great strategy!

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  6. Getting back to eating right after a trip is always a good idea!

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  7. I am so glad that you had a great time with your family...and getting back from vacation it is always a challenge...
    Hope you are having a great week Andrea :D

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