Good morning, good morning! Happy Tuesday.
Can you guys believe this is the last Tuesday of the month? Wow!
During my blog survey I received comments from several of you with specific questions on nutrition, health coaching, motivation, being a mom and more. I do my best to respond to messages but some questions come up often and it made me think those could also be shared here on the blog. Because, who knows, some of you may have the same question!
Today I want to talk about eating on vacation.
After returning home from our vacation, I received an email from a long time, loyal reader (thank you, Anne!). She asked me to talk about how to continue eating intuitively while on vacation. She shared that when she’s home, and in a normal routine, it feels easier to eat intuitively – she knows the food she likes, she can have them at home, prepare for the day, week, etc. But when on vacation we often find ourselves making choices based on want vs. need. In all honesty, I have been asked this question a lot. I have also been asked, “How do you eat so healthy on vacation?”
There are a few things I want to share. First, I believe in eating intuitively. Some people may be enticed when they see a blue cheese burger with bacon on the menu and order it just because. I make sure to scan a menu, think about what I don’t typically eat at home, what is fresh and often ask the waiter for their recommendation. IE is not about restriction. Rather, it is about taking care of your body through its needs.
The beautiful thing about intuitive eating, is that you can take it with you where ever you go.
While you’re on vacation, it’s the perfect time to unplug, relax, and ask yourself what you’re craving. I find that most times (not all) when I’m on vacation, I tend to eat out. This is fun because when you’re eating out, there is a whole world of options to choose from. You can check in, ask yourself what you’re craving and needing. If my body needed a blue cheese burger with bacon, I would eat it.
Intuitive eating is not about being 100%, and that’s a good thing. It allows us to eat what we want, when we want it. I always share with my clients that “guilt never helps.”
Another way I stay healthy on vacation is by focusing on how I want to feel.
When I was on my trip with my family, I wanted to feel relaxed, light (as in stress free) and enjoy the time. Eating lots of food and feeling full or uncomfortable does not fit with what a great vacation sounds like in the description above. So, I eat to make sure I really enjoy my vacation. Some times that means sushi and a salad, other times it is a fresh black bean burger with sweet potato fries.
Eat for the life, energy and experience you want to have!
Probably the biggest piece of advice that I can give is one that has helped me and my friends, family and clients – think about the big picture. If you have a hard time eating what you need on vacation because there are so many indulgent foods, treats and excessive food, try and take a more holistic view. What did you have for breakfast? Did it have any nutrients? Yes. OK, than maybe go for a more relaxed meal at dinner. But if you had donuts for breakfast, find a way to eat a nutrient dense meal with lots of whole foods.
An all or nothing attitude on food is really dangerous and leads to negative thoughts and feelings. Give yourself the right to enjoy food. And if it gets tough, keep balance with a big picture view.
Do you have any questions? If you do, feel free to post them in the comments below. Share your favorite way to eat on vacation.