Updated: Mar 31, 2019
EAT & PREPPING FOOD ON VACATION
After two competitions, 34 food allergies and traveling to California or elsewhere every or every other year for the last 10 years, I’ve learned a thing or two about eating on vacation- both for function and leisure. To the left: here is my go to list when I’m going on vacation for at least one week.
TIP 1: HAVE A CLEAR PLAN/GOAL NOT ONLY ON VACATION BUT AFTER.
TIP 2: STICK TO YOUR GUNS TO ACCOMPLISH IT.
Often, I’ve felt that vacation was suppose to be a time of rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. However, more often than not (once I was finally on vacation) I experienced new problems like balancing and maximizing the food experience and balancing the novelty of food with the reality that I have food allergies and ultimately most “eye friendly, flavor rich food” makes me sick. I knew friends who would diet to go on vacation only to indulge, eat everything for half the week and feel sick the other half. I felt that I would seem ungrateful or waste the experience if I didn’t go all out at the latest and greatest food place. Overall, without a clear philosophy and understanding of my health I was easily persuaded into misunderstanding, imagined pressure/s and anxiety over the fine line between connecting with folks and consuming food that did not fit my goals. This trip I didn’t feel like that. I left for vacation (4 weeks) with some clear goals and standards:
Always be bikini ready (in other words I can’t hide behind clothes) and/or workout ready because being active makes me feel good and building community through health is why I do what I do.
Never end with eating junk two days in a row because my stomach needs time to recover and always keep in mind I can experience the food in 1-3 bites just as happily if not more than eating the entire thing.
Always have at least a certain number of grams of protein to make sure you are not just pounding complex and simple carbs, consume half my body weight in ounces for water and a solid serving of veggies daily.
Always keep in mind how I not only want to feel while I eat the meal but how I want to feel at the end of the day as vacation can get enticing with all the in the moment experiences.
Always remember eating more food doesn’t mean better or deeper conversations, but recognize it does play a part.
With those standards here are some things I either bring or buy when on vacation to ensure I get to relax, rejuvenate and recover while maintaining my goals and lifestyle that I work so hard for. Vacation doesn’t mean forget my life or goals, it just means rest from the grind, take the extra moment to breathe and dig deep into what makes you happy so that either on vacation or at work you are fulfilled and happy.