AVOID THOSE POST-VACATION BLUES
6 TIPS FOR STAYING HEALTHY DURING VACATION
BY MELINDA CORSSINO | WNBF FIGURE & BIKINI PRO | NMI ATHLETE
Who doesn’t love a good vacation? Nothing like relaxing without work or the stress of daily life! Many of us diet harder prior to vacation, especially if we will be in a bathing suit. But who has ruined their hard work with a week of binge eating?
What happens on vacation, stays on vacation, right? Not so much, when you are bringing home extra unneeded weight gain. Everyone’s bodies’ need a break; a break from training, and break from stress, a break from dieting, but that does not mean a multiple day binge. The mindset of ‘I’m on vacation I can eat/drink what I want’ is one that is all too familiar. I know that I have justified poor eating on vacation that way. Here are a few tips to keep in mind while on vacation:
ONE – Stay Active: This does not necessarily mean hitting the gym. There are always fun and exciting activities available no matter where you are vacationing. Hiking, kayaking, skiing, running, swimming, even just a walk to explore a new town. Get up and get moving!
TWO – Have some cheat meals, not a cheat week: New foods, fun drinks; we are bound to splurge a bit, but everything in moderation. Pick one meal a day and try something unhealthy, don’t make it a whole day affair.
“AVOID THOSE POST VACATION WEIGHT GAIN BLUES, AND MAKE IT A POINT TO KEEP YOUR EATING IN CHECK.”
THREE – Feel extra ambitious? Track your food: I loosely track my food with the ‘My Fitness Pal’ app. I don’t track my macros, but I will track my overall calories just to make sure I’m not going too overboard.
FOUR – If it’s on the menu, the restaurant can make it: Just because a restaurant doesn’t have the exact combination you want for a meal, doesn’t mean it can’t be made. It doesn’t hurt to ask and usually you get what you are looking
FIVE – Avoid the extras on your order: Ask for your toast dry at breakfast, ask for your vegetables steamed, and ask for things grilled instead of fried. Restaurants tend to add butter, salt, oil and more to your food, but you can always ask for your meals without all these extras. Even just asking for extras (butter, dressing, etc.) on the side will help you control your portions.
SIX – Pack or buy healthy snacks: I always fill my suitcase up with healthy snacks! I will also try to hit a grocery store if possible when I get to my destination. It not only saves money, but also keeps you from snacking on vending machine and restaurant food.
Remember, once vacation is over it is back to reality. Gaining extra pounds on vacation only makes it harder to lose them when you get back. I usually put on 1-3 lbs. on vacation and after a week back with normal eating/training it’s gone. Avoid those post vacation weight gain blues, and make it a point to keep your eating in check. Leaving vacation is hard enough, and bringing extra weight home with you makes it worse. NMI
Melinda Corssino | Contributing Editor / NMI Athlete
Melinda is a WNBF Pro Bikini and Amateur Figure competitor. She is a full time accountant, part-time MBA Finance student, step mom, trail runner, and Spartan Racer. She is also a P4P Muscle sponsored athlete. She has always had a love for fitness from a very young age. Melinda has a passion for Natural Bodybuilding and wants to inspire others to say healthy, fit, happy, and motivated. Contact Melinda at email@example.com.