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Travel Lizzie Ellis NASM-CPT, CF-L1, Pn1 You know what I think is almost as good as a vacation? Not feeling like you need a vacation from your vacation when you get home. I have returned from many a vacation feeling seriously crummy because I ate all the food and boozed it up just about everyday. I physically felt terrible- bloated, irritable, etc.- but also felt guilty for overdoing it and feeling like I was back to square one with my fitness and nutrition. This habit created some serious anxiety before going on vacation. I stressed out hard about what I was going to eat and what I was not going to eat. I did a lot of internal negotiating and bargaining with myself. I did extra workouts and restricted my calories prior to a vacation in anticipation of the all-youcan-eat buffet and all-inclusive drinks. What good is a vacation if by the end you’re miserable? Now, you might be into eating all the food and drinking all the booze on vacation and that’s OK. Do you, boo! Personally, I’ve been there, done that and I’ve found an approach I like better. I’ve had the privilege of going on several fantastic vacations this year and I enjoyed the heck out of them. I went into each one feeling my best and came home feeling pretty much the same. Want to know how? Habits. This doesn’t mean I find a gym and workout everyday or insist on finding vegetables for breakfast and pass on any cheese or pasta passed my way. I’m not missing the ATV excursion in Mexico for a workout and I’m not skipping the chance to drink champagne at the Eiffel Tower even if it means staying up past my bedtime. It’s about letting good be good enough. It’s about fitting in the veggies where you can, but also eating a macaron or two (or four) in Paris. It’s a salad in one 14

Fitness hand and margarita in the other by the pool. It’s self-awareness to know which choices will allow you to feel your best and have lots of energy to do all the fun things, but also space to indulge when you feel it’s worth it. Y’all know I’m not into one-size-fits all strategies, but I’d like to share a few of mine with you that you can experiment with and figure out if they might work for you like they do for me. Let’s start with plane rides. Food in airports is notoriously expensive and typically heavy on junk. Some bigger airports have decent food options, but you can also bring your own. I’m known among my travel buddies for always traveling with a bag of snacks. I pack things like jerky, nuts, protein bars and dark chocolate. This is much cheaper than buying in the airport and I can be sure of the quality of ingredients. Did you know you can even bring meals on an airplane? On really long flights I actually pack a couple of meals in a small cooler bag with a couple cheap ice packs. I did this on my 9-hour trip to Paris. I did get double checked with TSA, but they let me through with my food and ice packs. As long as you avoid liquids, you’re golden. I do similar things when I take road trips, but obviously I have a bit more freedom and can bring even more snacks and cold items. Depending on where you’re going, when you get to your destination hit up a grocery store. I love to stay in rental properties with a kitchen so I can make breakfast and have some snacks on hand. I realize this isn’t possible in some places. No sweat. Scope out what’s available at your hotel or look for grab-and-go type stores. At most hotels these days you can request an empty mini fridge for some cold items. Beyond that, when it comes to food choices, I make a point to stay mindful. I certainly enjoy some local specialties and

Active Acadiana November 2018  

Acadiana's Only Health & Fitness Publication

Active Acadiana November 2018  

Acadiana's Only Health & Fitness Publication

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