Thanks all for the suggestions and for helping me to see it really is not the end of the world. I really think the issue is more my willpower or lack of. I have learned from this experience and I am not feeling as down about it as I was. Vacation is indeed a time to let go a little bit - we shall see how I manage next time around.
I had not thought about asking the server to prepare a custom meal, I will have to try this! I do not eat fish, it is a good idea however for someone who does! All great suggestions and I appreciate all the replys I have gotten to my bump in the road guilt!
Hi. I have to say that eating out while traveling has come a LONG way since the 80/90's. I remember traveling in Europe and telling a waiter I was vegetarian...the reply was always "so you want chicken." LOL... Now a days there is a lot more awareness for vegetarians and healthy eaters and most restaurants in the US and Europe will have healthy options and are much more open to special requests. Asia is a veggie paradise if you are open to local foods.
Bottom line is eating is part of vacation. Food is a big part of experiencing culture on a lot of trips so you should plan to indulge a little. To keep calories (and budget) in check when we travel, we always stop at a local store and pick up fruit and healthy snacks, that way we aren't pigging out on junk between meals. If you end up eating somewhere with huge plate portions, most hotels have fridges and in room microwaves nowadays so you can have the options of taking some leftovers for the next days lunch.. or depending on where you are if you don't finish your meal and don't want to take it back with you.. we always find there is someone on the street who is happy to get a meal for the night. So bonus, you stay on track and someone else doesn't go hungry.
Not sure where you went away to, but it is okay I think to relax a bit about eating regime's etc on holiday! and as you said inevitably do way more exercise than when we are in our ordinary routine. I always "allow" myself one treat meal when away and somehow knowing I am going to have that treat meal (wonderful pasta etc etc) helps me to eat less at breakfast and the other meal...It all then evens out in the end. and as someone below said, it will probably just drop off you as at least some if not all is probably water retention from all the sodium.
No stressing! You are fine. It really is about choices, and the more you think about and educate yourself about food choices, the better you will do when out on vacation - I am just now learning how to do this, it takes time, keep working on it. And I would certainly not beat myself up about a 3 pound scale thing (and I am famous for beating myself up, lol, so I get what you are doing).
Edited by: ANNE-MARGARET at: 2/28/2013 (09:38)
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I'm going to be blunt here....it's only 3 pounds, dear, that's great. Really, most of it is probably some water gain from all the additional salt in the foods. If you probably stay on the lower end of your daily goals for nutrition, you may have it back off by the end of the week:)
I am getting ready to go on a trip for a whole week with the family. Thankfully I have a race in May and my goal is strong in wanting to loose as much weight before that race...maybe that will be an incentive to stay on track?
I keep thinking ahead...what can I eat? I've looked up a few fast food joints and looked at what's low in calories/fat. If I don't know, baked potatoes are a good choice, with no toppings if nothing is reduced fat. I know Chipotle is safe for me and fills me up for almost the entire day and even taco bells rice and pintos. I do plan a few good meals ahead of time. For example, there is this wonderful mexican place in historic Savannah that I would starve all day just to eat a bit there.
Glad you had a great time!
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If it's only 4 days, and you're doing lots of exercise anyway, I'd say so what. It's unlikely you've done any long lasting damage. The longest I've been away without being able to cook at all was 5 weeks, and towards the end of it I was screaming with desire to do my own cooking. If restaurants aren't providing good options you have to tell them and drive change that way. And in the short term, as suggested below, ask them for make something for you.
current weight: 146.0
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I know fish is controversial. Just saying what I do. I think pretty much most of what I eat, since I don't grow it myself, is pretty polluted, and I'm glad that we can all talk about what we do. I am really enjoying seeing different people's ideas here!
I always look at the menu as a list of what is in the kitchen and have the chef create whatever I want. A pasta dish, a rice dish, a potato dish, or a sandwich.and whatever veggies are on the menu to throw together. I do it all of the time. It works 95% of the time. If there is not enough food for me at the restaurant. I eat what I can and stop by the grocery store on the way to the hotel and fix myself something in the microwave. I don't get sad about it. It is only food. There will be more tomorrow. (Even on vacation.)
I would never eat fish because ocean fish is full of PCB's, mercury and toxins. Farm raised fish is just as bad. We as a people have killed our oceans unfortunately. China has been dumping stuff in the water on that side of the world with utter abandon for decades.
Ask the waitor/waitress what is on the menu for a v'gan or can they fix a meal in that fashion. Other than that, I guess in some situations you can only do so much. Don't beat yourself up. It's done and over with and I'm sure you have learned from it.
I believe in myself, I am a strong woman. I will reach my goals, NOTHING & NOBODY will hold me down. I will live my life with integrity and intention. I will set a good example for my daughters and my son. I will be a woman that makes my grand children proud when they look at pictures of me long after I've left this earth.
Pounds lost: 4.4
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Hi! This answer certainly isn't going to work for everyone AT ALL, but I have to say that when I'm out or at someone's house, I will eat fish (other than that, I am about 80% on my way to being wholly vegan and am completely vegetarian). But, for me, many times fish is the best, healthiest and most attractive choice outside of the salad or veggie/rice/pasta plate many chefs will cook up for you. May not help, but thought I'd throw that out there.
And glad the vacation was otherwise great!
Hoping for health and happiness for us all ~Peach
Pounds lost: 3.2
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Well I'm back from a short vacation (Thursday - Tuesday) And I am looking forward to getting back on track. Luckily we went for a lot of walks, exploring different areas so I did get some exercise but it is really very difficult to eat healthy when you're dining out every meal for at least 4 days... Not only is it a challenge for meat eaters but it really is something to be reckoned with when your trying to eat healthy, dining out daily and are a vegetarian. All that said, I have gained 3lbs since my last weigh in and am frustrated even though I know it's my own fault - but honestly who wants to eat salad for every meal?? Sorry for the venting here - just needed to put it all in perspective, I know I had many weak moments where I could have ordered somewhat healthy from the menu but did not or the choices were very limited. Lesson learned for next time I hope. It's so difficult to make the right choices sometimes especially when you're married to a man who eats meat and is not all that fond of the more health conscious restaurants.
I would really love any tips or advice from people on ordering food when dining out as a vegetarian - how do you curb the desire to order really nice pastas or other high carb meals if you don't want to have salad for lunch and dinner every day?? I know we should have just stopped for sandwiches or fruit at a local grocery store and don't know why we didn't for a few meals - again a lesson learned in hopes I will be smarter about it next time.
Better planning and more dedications I think is the answer, but I'm open to hearing suggestions or others experiences in similar situations! I find sometimes I really lack in the willpower to choose smart?!
The trip however, without the guilt that has followed, was amazing!
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