Making Food Stress-Free on Vacation

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Last weekend I went out of town and spent a few days with my sisters! We had so much fun together - laughing, catching up, hiking, shopping, and eating some really delicious food. I used to be the type of person that would get really stressed out about food and eating when I went on vacation. I would worry about staying in control! It was especially tough a few years ago when we weren’t eating meat or dairy. It was hard to eat around our families because none of them were eating that way, and they didn’t understand 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 recently we went to our friend’s house that we hadn’t seen in about 10 years and they said “sorry if this food isn’t healthy enough for you!” So that sparked me wanting 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 my trip this last weekend we ate out a ton, I had candy, and we stayed up late playing games and I snacked on all the things they did – 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, 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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Stephanie Webb