When you travel your sleep patterns differ, you spending habits change, and your activity level will be out of the ordinary. Doesn't it make sense then, that your eating will also differ? This is your vacation eating, and it's completely different from your normal eating patterns.
I am an avid traveler and always conscious of maintaining my weight and my eating. From my personal experiences and the feedback I receive from my clients, I can help you to get the most from your travels. You'll enjoy food without being deprived or bloated, and you will return home without the dreaded weight gain.
As I look at the many souvenirs I've brought back from trips, they bring fond memories of scenery, history, laughs, family, and so much more. The souvenir I don't bring home is extra body weight. Yet when I travel, I eat. I have the memories of Austria's goulash soup, Ireland's shepherd's pie, Belgium's belgian waffles, France's crepes, Puerto Rico's chicken and rice, Italy's gelato, Spain's paella, numerous buffets... must I continue?
The question you need to ask yourself is: "Do I use vacation travel as an excuse to overeat?" Or, "Am I nervous about eating while on vacation?"
The secret to eating while traveling is to identify the difference between eating and over-eating. Eating is enjoying food. Overeating is when you no longer taste the food. You are stuffed yet continue to eat.
When I ask clients to prioritize their travel events, eating is never number one; usually it's four or five. Write a list and prioritize the events for your upcoming trip. See where eating fits in and keep it there.
Then pack these eight eating tips, to take along:
- Always peruse food offered and use a rating system, one to 10, 10 being best. Enjoy foods you rate six or higher. Everything else is just mediocre to you. Eat only the foods you rate highly.
One more tip on how to drink alcohol on vacation: There is much written about choosing alcoholic drinks, from which type of alcohol has the fewest amount of calories, to drink wine in place of fancy sugary drinks. Regardless of which alcoholic beverage you choose, be aware of how it affects your eating. Alcohol will lower your resistance to temptation, causing you to eat more. It really doesn't matter what you choose to drink, as long as you enjoy what you drink and you don't overdo it.
Your vacation will remain more pleasurable when you enjoy your food without being stuffed. You'll sleep better, feel terrific, and be energetic and lively throughout the entire trip.
Wait a week before you weigh yourself, after returning home. Allow your body weight to level itself as you return to your normal eating patterns.