Out-Smarting Travel

So you’ve booked a trip. One that includes unlimited food… especially those lovely fresh made crepes, waffles and desserts. And more importantly for most: access to copious amounts of booze at all times of the day.

So where does the balance between indulgence and lifestyle choice come in?

I love a solid vacation as much as my clients do, but I do not believe (not even for a moment) that a simple trip is an excuse to drop everything. It is not a valid reason to binge eat all day, drink from 8am-1am and lay by a pool for seven days straight.

When I was planning for my trip to Cuba, I was really worried about finding balance. It’s my honeymoon, I’m allowed to eat crap, right? But I like my flat belly…

Below is a picture of me on my last day in Cuba. I took it out of sheer cockiness because I was so  proud that I was leaving – while a bit more full and round- still pretty lean.

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Planning for my honeymoon was simple. You are allowed to bring baked goods onto the plane in your carry on so the first thing I did was bake some protein bars and muffins. I also brought along a small blender and protein powder in my checked luggage.

Why?

Because I didn’t know what I’d have access too. This way, in a pinch I could always grab some fruit and have a shake.

Once we arrived, I learned pretty quickly how amazing the food was at our resort. There was a man to cook me fresh eggs every morning, fresh chicken and steak at lunch and tones of veggies- I was beyond happy.

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The truth of the matter is, we really only ate three meals a day. Every one of my meals had more than enough protein (it was insane how much I had access too!!) and a boat load of veggies. I made sure to get in at least 6 cups a day – which I wasn’t sure I’d be able to do.

The trick was really just being aware of what I was putting on my plate.

The other thing I noticed and immediately fell in love with, was portion sizes. Size control in Cuba is amazing. Pasta dishes is literally 1 cup cooked pasta and a side of protein. Leaving you full but not stuffed and uncomfortable. Same with dessert. I had dessert every night with dinner. Desserts were about the size of two fingers. Plenty to fill my craving but considered “bite size” here in Canada.

Did I drink? Of course I drank 😛 but did I drink from 8am-1pm. No. I normally had a drink with lunch,  few through the afternoon and finished up with a drink at dinner or after.

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Since I love mornings, I was normally in bed pretty early which was great for three reasons:

1. I didn’t stay up drinking

2. I didn’t eat really late (aside from one night, dinner was my last meal and I felt 100% full)

3. I was able to get up early and enjoy the beauty of the morning

The other thing I felt awesome about was my activity. I got in two lifting workouts, three run + mini circuit workouts, 3 days of kayaking and a bunch of pool laps. Was it torturous? No. I enjoyed every minute of it and felt no guilt about being uber lazy the rest of the day.

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Now, you’re probably thinking “wow, what a shitty vacation since you do all that at home”. But it wasn’t. It was balanced. I drank. I ate dessert every day. I relaxed on the beach reading for multiple hours at a time. And I still came home fairly lean.

Being balanced is important to me, and I found I was able to have the best of both worlds on vacation. That being said, I have heard every excuse in the book for immense weight gain on vacation…

The truth is; you simply have to plan ahead and be conscious of your surroundings. No gym? Bring a skipping rope and rock some body weight circuits. Food issues? Bring your own and ensure that the portions of what you do eat is reasonable. Most importantly: don’t give up on yourself.

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I waited all week for this crepe!

Don’t allow yourself to think it’s all or nothing. Vacation is a time to be more lenient on yourself and indulge. But there’s a different between indulgence and “life or death” bingeing. If it’s important to you, you’ll find away.

Happy Health 🙂