Tuesday 27 August 2019

I want to start off this blog post by saying - holidays are made for trying new foods and 'indulging' just a bit more than you normally would at home. However, that doesn't mean that we need to order dessert with every meal and drink mojitos like they're going out of fashion. I do try and eat relatively well and work out 5 times a week blah blah blah so that when I do go on trips, I can eat sachertortes, pastel de belems, trudelnik and all the other wonderful desserts I've come across in Europe. That being said, I'm soon to be off galavanting Asia for two months and I don't think any number of sit ups before that trip will be able to justify me pigging out the whole trip. Here's a couple of ways to make the whole situation easier:

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1. Don't eat everything just because it's there.

How many times have you been sat at dinner on holiday, full after your meal and thought 'f*ck it I'm on holiday I'll get dessert too!'. Even though you're not really feeling hungry. If you're in a city that specialises in certain meals/desserts then of course, have it. Just don't feel like you need to have a cheesecake every night because you don't at home, at the end of the day there will always be other cheesecakes. 

2. 10,000 steps. 

This might be a bit harder to do if you're staying in a resort, but in that case most resorts do come with gyms so you have no excuse! If you're travelling somewhere in Europe this is usually quite easy to do when you're sightseeing. I'm definitely that friend that says 'we can walk, it's not that far!' when it says 40 minutes on Google Maps (but that's only ok on holiday because you're exploring). 

3. Don't eat out every meal.

If I'm staying somewhere more than 4 days I usually try and stay in an apartment or somewhere that at least has a fridge/microwave. Not only will you save money by doing this, but you'll also be able to a. save your calories b. actually have an appetite when you go out for dinner c. it won't feel like a chore to go out to eat again and it will feel like more of a treat. 

4. Don't forget your supplements.

This doesn't mean you have to bring your protein powder, BCAAs, iron, multivitamin, probiotic and all your other usuals (unless you really want to). I often tend to skip on taking my supplements when I'm away cause it just seems like hassle (and I'm scared they might think I'm smuggling drugs at the airport). But, I do try and bring my iron tablets with me as I have anaemia and often feel fatigued so this at least keeps my energy levels moderate and I don't feel like I have to eat more/drink more coffee to feel better. 

5. Don't do it alone. 

I remember when I went to Portugal last summer my mum, sister and me all said we were gonna try and hit the gym every morning at our hotel. I think me and Alex lasted 3 days before we decided sleeping in was more appealing. Whether you're travelling with friends or family, if you have someone who's also trying to stay on track then you can motivate each other. If not, there are also certain weight loss programmes that can aid you on your journey without being focused on dieting and instead is more about changing habits and your mindset. 


So speaking of mindset, it really all depends on what you want to do on your holiday and how you want to feel after. If you go in there thinking 'I'm going to eat whatever I want, I'm on holiday!' chances are you will, but then when you arrive back home you're going to feel like crap if you find you've piled on a couple of pounds. If instead you think 'I'm going to treat myself here and there, if I feel like I really want to' you'll feel better at the end.


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