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Balaton, something special in Hungary

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

This weekend I've been to Balatonfüred, the lake Balaton with friends from Budapest and Amsterdam, a fun international team. For me it was part job, to make a training on healthy habits, otherwise relax time.

The lake Balaton is a typical summer resort in Hungary, lots of possibilities to enjoy the break. But even more, somehow the whole vibe of the area is about switching off and having fun. I can't really put my finger on it, but every time I am there, it gets into me. People walk differently, the sun shines differently, life seems to be happy and fun.

Some years ago, such a trip would have been a challenge, as such a resort can be used in many ways. For some, this is the time to eat a lot of unhealthy fatty food, drink tons of alcohol every night, and stay sitting all day long. But, there is also the possibility to run along the coast, swim in the lake, take a bike tour around, or just walk in the surroundings, eat fresh food.

A friend of mine also took his running shoes, and we agreed on starting the day on Saturday with running. The sun was beautiful in the little harbor. In the afternoon, we went for a swim. The real exercise came only at around 01 am... party time in Cocomo, and I think it was around 05:30am when I finally got to bed. That's about 2500 kcal, however also that's about the sleep part of my healthy life for this weekend... :-)

As for food, I ate with the group most of the time. When we had nice food, I didn't worry much, just ate what was on the menu (err... heavy-heavy sort of) like the wine tasting on Friday night. At other times when it was not so interesting, like the breakfast in the hotel, I scaled back, or went for the lower calorie choice, like Mozzarella for starter and a half portion fish-soup on Saturday night.

How you deal with the challenges of healthy life when travelling?
What is a challenge for you, and what do you do with it?

I know I have already asked this, but I'm still interested in all kind of tips. It seems to be a topic that stays on for me as a challenge, although I'm getting better and better, the changing environment makes it so I always learn something new.

Otherwise, this week I'm bike touring in Italy. We started at Lienz in Austria, near the border, and continue near the Drau river towards Dobbiaco, and follow the Ciclopista del Sol. The mountains are sooo beautiful here - pictures later this week!

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    Your description of Balaton is beautiful! : ) It made me feel that special atmosphere.

    I have two tips for eating well when travelling:
    -when I travel alone on business trips, I always pack my food, for all meals except breakfast. Those are my best food days ; ) no worries, no temptations, just eat what's in the bag...
    -traveling with a group is harder, then I use the half plate rule, and put the vegetable / fruit half on my plate first - no perfection but helps to avoid disasters ; ))
    1631 days ago
    Your bike tour sounds wonderful. Looking forward to hearing about it.
    1631 days ago
    Wow. Nice place.

    Traveling, I always like plenty of fresh fruit, local vegetables. Also trying and experimenting with new cuisines, trying new dishes, experimenting with new flavors and spices.

    New cultures also usually have "secrets" about herbs for flavoring and healing.
    1631 days ago
    You should write a travel book of healthy destinations!
    1631 days ago
    changes in routines can be a challenge.
    I know you eat healthy at home, I try to also.
    I try to eat less, like cutting out certain foods, I cut back on the breads, cereals and hardly eat potatoes. When I go to Belgium the challenge is not having seconds of foods I never eat at home "les moules et les frites" I can leave some of the fries-but in Belgium they are better than any found in the states. The muscles are one of my weaknesses, so when we are having that for the day I try to lighten up, like you did on breakfast.
    I'm glad you got a run and some swimming in.
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    1631 days ago
    I always enjoy reading your blogs, you go to such interesting places! You're descriptions and personal insights are enjoyable. Thanks for sharing with us! I don't travel much; my husband does, however, and eating away from home can be a challenge for him. Have fun on the bike tour, I'll be looking forward to reading about it and viewing the pictures!
    1631 days ago
    This lake looks like a gorgeous place! I am glad you had such a good time!
    Travelling, for work or otherwise, is always a challenge food-wise for me. It is difficult to keep an idea of what I put into my mouth when the foods are so different from what I am used to at home (where I never eat processed foods). With the year ahead and the travellings restarting after the summer break, I have made the decision never to eat any of the cakes/biscuits/nibbles, and to have only one glass of alcohol a day. It isn't much, but it is progress for me.
    Have a fantastic time in Italy! I was there last week and loved it!
    1631 days ago
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