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So as many of you already know, Kyle and I took a little vacation to hawaii last week : ) On that trip I:
Ate whatever I wanted
Drank alcohol every day
Didn’t exercise once
Want to know how much weight I gained? 0 lbs. and before you assume I have a great metabolism or have great genetics, let me explain.
First, I didn’t do anything crazy beforehand. I’ve already brought my metabolism to a good spot by NOT dieting. I no longer track my macros but if I were to guess, I probably eat anywhere from 1800-2300 calories daily.
Second, although I didn’t workout at all, I still averaged 10k + steps per day just from walking around / exploring. Other than sitting down for meals, we were moving around most of each day.
Third, I listened to my body! Yes, I ate what I wanted but I made sure to stay in tune with my hunger/fullness cues. This wasn’t a free for all. I reminded myself that any food I was eating I could eat again another time (especially if I try to recreate it for meal prep, woop!) I also do naturally gravitate towards veggie filled, protein packed meals & fresh ingredients. This is what my body is used to having and feels great eating! Once lifestyle habits like this are in place, it’s easy to keep them going while out to eat/ on vacation! Listening to my body & eating lots of veggies and protein are things I have made permanent habits, which allows decision making to be pretty easy. Of course I still had indulgent meals but when I did, I made sure to slow down and stop when I started to feel that fullness.
Fourth, I drank lots of water!! Another lifestyle habit I have created. This is huge in helping you 1. have energy, 2. digest food 3. stay satiated between meals. I bought a huge 50oz water bottle and made sure to fill it every morning before we left the hotel. As always, I tried to drink anywhere between 25-50oz before we even left each day as well.
Fifth, I tried to gravitate towards cocktails that didn’t look like they’d be loaded with a ton of extra sugar/calories. This is kind of a crap shoot but do your best to stick with things that are just liquor and fresh fruit juice without simple syrup etc. If you’re a beer drinker, go for light beers. If you like wine, well there isn’t too much variance when it comes to calories there so…cheers!
Sixth, I kept up with my supplements! Filling the gaps is especially crucial on vacation!! I made sure to get my greens in daily along with my micro factor and fish oil. The greens help tremendously with digestion & bloat, which we all know can be an issue while traveling (especially with a 6hr time change). I can’t explain how much it helped. Digestion didn’t skip a beat and I had NO bloat or digestive issues the entire trip! Micro factor fills all of the micronutrient gaps. Traveling or not, we don’t get all the vitamins and minerals our bodies need through food. Micronutrients literally power every single function in our bodies. From immune system function to overall energy levels. If you want to optimize every function in your body, I highly recommend a vitamin pack like Micro Factor. Lastly, fish oil. Although I did eat a lot of fish on my trip, it wasn’t fatty fish like salmon, so I still needed to supplement with those Omega 3’s that keep my joints feeling good and my heart and hormones healthy.
Lastly, I tried not to let those silly fears creep in of being out of my exercise routine and indulging more than usual, especially with alcohol! Vacation is a very short amount of time and realistically, even if you go balls to the wall, not too much is going to happen, especially if you haven’t been restricting yourself prior. You’re also taking up precious space in your mind, that should be filled with thoughts of relaxation and enjoyment, not worry and stress.
It’s what you do most of the time that matters. Not what you do for one week. (or however long your vacation is). This is exactly why I am so passionate about healthy habits. They allow you to live your life without second guessing things or going to extreme measures.
If you ever need help with creating a sustainable lifestyle for yourself, don’t hesitate to reach out! I’m always just a reply button away ; )