Many clients express the stress they feel right before going on vacation about the weight they “inevitably” will gain. They talk about going on a “diet” to lose a few pounds before they go away, since they’ll be eating differently.
Does this sound like you? If your mindset is wrapped around being good or bad, on or off, what you can and can’t eat, you will likely overindulge on vacation and you will feel guilty afterwards.
Yes, it is true we all expect to eat differently while on vacation, but that doesn’t mean you need to eat like it’s your last supper. Use your intuitive eating strategies to help you respond to the change in your eating pattern and adjust. You CAN eat the dessert you crave by learning to savor it so you don’t go for seconds. If you trust in the process, you’ll be able to keep your body and mind happy.
Here are 5 steps you can take to eat intuitively on vacation:
- Tune into your body.
If you are craving that Pina Colada or frozen margarita, have it! If you want dessert, have it! If you are truly listening to your body, you won’t overindulge and you’ll be able to stop eating or drinking when you want too.
- Trust your body.
Trusting your body and the intuitive eating process will help you enjoy your vacation even more. You will most likely eat more than your used too because you’re trying new foods, but you need to trust that your body will respond intuitively and tell you when you’ve had enough.
- Make time for breakfast and lunch.
Vacations often mean sleeping late, missing breakfast and an overall erratic eating schedule (except dinner). But, your priority should be starting your day off with breakfast and packing a lunch to take with you, or planning a lunch stop in your itinerary. It’s easy to get caught up in all of the activities, but if you skip a meal, you’re more likely to overindulge at dinner. It’ll be harder for you to listen to your body telling you its full.
- Be mindful when you eat out.
Vacations generally mean eating out at restaurants, and that also means more courses and larger portions. New foods and more choices does not mean you need to eat like there is no tomorrow. If you’re listening to your body, you’ll eat until you are satisfied with the new flavors. You may eat a few more bites, but you’ll be able to stop yourself before you overeat.
- Pack your favorite snacks for a busy day.
It can be easy to forget to pack snacks when you’re busy with activities, but it is important. Take the few extra minutes before you leave to pack a goodie bag of pre-portioned snacks. It can be almonds, fruit, veggies, etc. Your body will thank you when you’re not starving heading into lunch or dinner.
Your vacation is a time for relaxation and happy times and should not coincide with “giving up” your intuitive eating practice. Be mindful and always listen to your body and your vacation will become even more enjoyable.
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