I am sure you are all like me and love going on vacation, I mean who doesn't. Unfortunately, vacations can really take a toll on our bodies if we’re not careful. Being on vacation usually means more restaurant food and less restful sleep. As much as I always say to myself that I am going to stay on track and eat healthy while away, after a couple of days it I somehow indulge in all the great food and treats that come with being on holiday. WHATEVER you are on holidays and you should enjoy every minute of it. Once the vacation is over its time to get down to business and get back on track. I’ve learned that making a few things non-negotiable upon return is the key to looking and feeling better quickly.
Make yourself a green smoothie or juice daily.
whether you are back from vacation or just trying to get healthy this would be my top tip for anyone wanting to look and feel healthier very quickly. Green smoothies and juices flood the body with nutrients for a quick energy boost. They're also a great way to curb those cravings after eating salty restaurant food.
Fill up with fiber-rich foods.
Getting my digestion back on track after vacation is essential. Both soluble and insoluble fiber and you can usually get both from plant foods. Soluble fiber is liquid-absorbing and filling and some great sources include oats, chia and flax seeds, beans and berries. Insoluble fiber, which helps move things through the bowel and shuttle out the bad stuff, can be found in brown rice, wheat and vegetables.
I know, this is not news to anyone but it is so important. Flush those toxins from your body and help release the extra weight and bloat from the over-indulgence by getting plenty of water. Half your body weight in ounces is the general rule of thumb.
Take a break from eating for a minimum of 12 hours daily for the first week (7pm until 7am, for example).
Dinner tends to get later when on vacation so closing the kitchen down earlier will alleviate your body from having to try to digest your food while you sleep, allowing your body to reset
Catch up on that precious sleep.
I don’t know about you but I generally don’t sleep as well if I’m not in my own bed. Late meals and alcohol also hinder us from getting the deep, sleep our bodies require. Add a little extra sleep each night to start catching up on those lost hours.
Make a workout plan for the first week
I am always looking forward to hitting the gym again when I get back from vacation. Since I work out on a regular basis when I have a week off I always miss the way body feels after a great workout. I find the best way to get back into it is to make a schedule that works for you the first week and stick to it. After the first week my body and mind get use to the routine and I find it a lot easier to stick to it.
Don’t jump right on the scale when you return home.
Give yourself a couple days to implement the strategies above and not only will you feel better (if you don’t like what the scale says) but likely it won’t be as bad as you thought.
7. Follow my “Get Your Body Back” meal plan!
How do you like to get your body on track after holidays?