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Are you dieting? Here are a few tips I used to avoid gaining weight while on vacation:
We recently traveled to California for our son’s wedding and to visit our grandchildren. If you have been keeping up with my previous posts we have been trying to eat healthier. I am not going to lie, I was a little nervous about gaining weight on our trip. I had lost 10 pounds in the first few weeks of healthier eating and walking. Gaining it all back was not an option!
Let’s face it, we were going for a weekend wedding. I haven’t yet been to a wedding that only served healthy foods! Since we were staying in a cabin up in the San Bernardino National Forest, I knew we weren’t going to find a Trader Joe’s near by!
Here is more about the Safe Haven Forest Retreat.
We had a lovely time and although I couldn’t cook our vegetarian recipes due to the wedding logistics, I didn’t gain weight. In keeping with the cabin theme instead of a wedding cake there were s’mores! Yes, s’mores! The gourmet marshmallows were handmade, delicious and full of calories! The mom of the groom had to have a few bites right? Confession: They were so yummy I ate the whole darn thing! Remember, I didn’t gain any weight! Whew!
Dieting Tips When Traveling
1. When choosing a place to stay, instead of a hotel rent a condo or house from airbnb or VRBO. If you have a fully stocked kitchen you can stop at the local store and purchase enough food for your stay. This will also save you a lot of money! Don’t get me wrong, I love eating out. When we travel we do, but not 3 meals a day.
2. Make sure you have an app downloaded with all your favorite recipes and tracking tools. I use Forks Over Knives, MyFitnessPal and the Fitbit. If you don’t own a smartphone, bring your recipes with you.
3. If you have to eat out, ask for the take home box as soon as you order your meal, NOT after. Cut the meal in half and close that box! Most servings in the U.S. are too large anyway.You will then have another meal for the following day and half the calories. Choosing healthier options when available and portion control are the key. I have also ordered from the children’s menu to get smaller portions!
4. If available continue your exercise program or get creative. When we were at the cabin there wasn’t a treadmill, however there were many walking trails. So I would take the dog for a walk twice a day. Staying active is the key. If you have a Fitbit or something similar, then make sure you’re maintaining your goals. My son and daughter-in-law just gave me this one for my birthday and I love it!
5. Stay hydrated. Drink lots of water. Stay away from those sodas. I know it’s tempting, just limit the amount of unhealthy drinks. Did you know that dehydration mimics hunger? If you get hungry, before grazing in that snack box, drink a big glass of water. You may just be dehydrated! One of the items we always have on hand when traveling is bottled water. Look ⇒”How Much Sugar is In a Can of Coke”:
What tips do you have when dieting and traveling? Please share them in the comment section below.