Monday, May 04, 2009
For a Northerner, there is nothing like going to the south for over a week to replenish the body and mind. My husband and I went on a mini vacay to South Carolina (partially for a wedding and partially for a little R&R) last week. We had the most delightful time and were able to enjoy our time together as a newly married couple (going on four years this June). When I first started to plan, I was worried about how to keep up with my diet plan without gaining weight while on vacation. It was not my intention to lose weight while on vacation however neither was it to gain weight. Afterall, a vacay is all about recuperation isn't it? Surely there were going to be times I was going to make unsatisfactory decisions however I went with the intention of eating healthy but not counting calories. To my astonishment, I stayed the same weight! Actually, I lost about half a pound! That is a great accomplishment for me since I usually gain weight when gone.
My tips for not gaining weight while on vacay:
1. Pack snacks for the ride
2. Place some of these snacks in your purse or bag that you intend to carry around. I chose raw almonds. These were a great snack when a healthier option was not available.
3. Try to keep to healthy ingredients when possible - let's face it, it's not always easy to find a healthy salad on vacation- especially in the deep south!
4. Take along breakfast cereal and soymilk (if possible). Restaurant breakfasts are just about never healthy and it is hard to gauge how the chef's are preparing your meals. I once found out that my vegetarian omelet was being cooked on the same grill as the meats were - to a vegetarian this is a big "no-no". My option was to save money while eating a bowl of cereal inside before leaving - it saves time too!
5. Drink water and have plenty available. Opt out of soda's and drink the water - most places will give you free water...
6. Take along your refillable water container - this helps out the environment and you are assured you have water for your day trips. This also saves money!
7. Eat smaller portions. It is hard to find good healthy items on some menus, if you are traveling with other family members you can't always leave a restaurant and go to another one with low-calorie options. My husband and I found that we would share a meal and it would be filling enough for two.