27 May 2014

3 Easy Ways to Tame Temptation and Avoid Unhealthy Travel Trip-Ups

YWoodenTrainour body is the baggage you must carry through life. The more excess the baggage, the shorter the trip.

-Arnold H. Glasgow

Picture this.

You’re making some excellent, healthy choices using your very best thinking. You’re feeling stronger, healthier and you are totally on the right track. You’re super-proud of yourself!

Then it’s time for your vacation. You have visions of fruity drinks, palm trees and beach umbrellas. Lounging by the pool all day without so much as a passing thought about moving a muscle. Treating yourself to whatever because it IS vacation, right? Can’t you just see it now?

SCREEEECCCHHHHH….. BAM!!!

That “best thinking” has gone off the rails.

Now, before you label me as the “Ultimate Killjoy”, know this. I am ALL about enjoying the finest of food and drink and I have more than a handful of witnesses who can testify on my behalf.

But here’s the thing. It’s possible to eat croissants in Paris and not completely undo the good you’re doing.

Here’s how.

1. BYOS. Bring Your Own Snacks. I take my own food on planes. First, of all, because I can control my choices and second, I think airport food is stupidly expensive. Stuff your carry-on with healthy snacks. Fruit, almonds, and dark chocolate are great portable choices. Healthy snacks will keep you from getting too hungry and eating everything in sight once you get where you’re going.

2. Plan. As best you can, figure out ahead of time where you’ll be eating, what’s nearby, and how you can get some fruits and vegetables into your day. When I travel, I check out the area restaurants. I make sure I know where I can get a good breakfast. I try to find a nearby farmer’s market if it’s summer.

Plan Your Exercise. Many trips involve a lot of walking, so that will kill 2 birds with one stone. But business travel is another matter. Sitting in hotel meeting rooms is a killer (for me anyway). Schedule yourself at least 30 minutes to walk outside or on the treadmill or elliptical trainer. You’ll feel much more refreshed and awake. You can also get yourself a set of Dyna-Bands for resistance training. They pack VERY easily!

3. Start the Day Strong. This does not mean a double espresso and a muffin. Your breakfast sets the tone for the rest of the day. Stick to a simple, nutritious breakfast that includes a healthy dose of protein and you’ll set up the rest of your day for success.

Isn’t it time to stop using vacations as an excuse? Crappy food and poor self-care is not a reward for anything. Do some thought-work on how the vacation choices you are considering align with what you want to create in your life. If you come back from vacation 5 pounds heavier, what will that do to your self-talk? It’s likely to get dirty very quickly!

If you can stick with your healthy lifestyle plan 90% of the time by being mindful you’ll still have the flexibility to feel like you’re treating yourself AND honoring your body and your intentions.

 


Dr. Anna Garrett

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