Making food stress-free on vacation

We’re on vacation right now in Colorado Springs for my husband’s 10 year graduation reunion with the Air Force Academy! I used to be the type of person that when I went on vacation, I would get really stressed out about food and eating. I would worry about staying in control and really stress about it! Especially a few years ago when we weren’t eating meat or dairy, and it was really hard to go around our families because none of them were eating that way, and they didn’t get why we did.

The last year or so, I’ve gotten into a good groove with vacation, which is good because we go out of town a lot. I have this reputation of being a health food nut…like last night we went to our friend’s house that we hadn’t seen in like 10 years and they said “sorry if this food isn’t healthy enough for you!” So that sparked me wanting to get on today to share my tips with you for not making food such a stressful part of going out of town because for a lot of people it really is.

When you’re on a trip, you don’t have as much control over what you eat as you do at home. That used to really bug me, but now that I’ve learned to let go and go with the flow of my life, on vacation now I do the best I can but I don’t beat myself up.

On the way out here I ate fast food, I’ve had a lot of candy, and we stay up late playing games with friends and I snack on all the things they do – and I don’t feel bad about it!

The number one trick is to just be mindful of how you feel. If you’re like me, a social eater, and you don’t want to be left out or make anyone uncomfortable by not eating what they’re eating. That’s fine! Have a little bit, and enjoy it! And listen to your body while you eat it. Let go of the negative feelings you have if you’re eating something you know you shouldn’t and just let it be what it is. It’s not out to get you. If you want to eat it, then eat it! Don’t beat yourself up.

A second trick, well not so much a trick as a reason why I let go more on vacation, is because I don’t have a weight goal. I don’t have any physical goals for my body except loving it as it is, and treating it the best I can. If you let go of that number on the scale and can not worry about gaining weight on vacation, then you worry less. It doesn’t matter! That number holds you back from really enjoying your trip.

Some people are super strict on vacation and that works for them! If you can do that without beating yourself up, then do it. Personally, I find that I enjoy vacation much more if I just let go and not worry about my weight and let it go.

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