Last weekend was a mini-vacation for us, which was much needed. My boyfriend's sister and niece are visiting from London so we went with some family and friends camping since his niece had never been! And truth be told-I hadn't either!
We had an amazing time in our tiny cabin and it was very relaxing. Not to mention we were off the grid as the cell phone service was spotty at best. I haven't been off the grid that long in awhile and it was so nice.
Overall, I was tired and sore (that was from sleeping on the floor more than anything else) but from what I ate I felt pretty good! I was the only one that didn't need a nap and made it out of the weekend without a stomachache so I must have done something right. So how did I have a fun weekend and indulge without feeling awful?
Here are my tips for having fun while saying staying pretty healthy (and primal!) on vacation:
1. Pack with activity in mind
We were in the beautiful mountains and forest so I packed a bathing suit for swimming, hiking clothes (which we ended up not having time for), relaxing clothes and nice sneakers.
I ended up hanging out with the girls(we had a 5 year old and 7 year old with us) on a search for a playground after breakfast. We were gone about two hours-walked about a mile each way plus a 40 min playground session so I definitely got a workout in. Pe had a great time singing frozen songs and discussing who we liked better Elsa or Anna (yes, I'm super cool among the elementary school-aged set).
Afterwards we also walked about 10 min to go to the pool,which I used to relax in the hot tub and lay out in the sun for a bit. After that, we showered and had a great BBQ. And it didn't stop there, we also dyed Easter eggs, had an Easter egg hunt and made s'mores.
Being active kept me feeling good (over 10,000 steps on my fitbit) and also kept my appetite healthy.
Not to mention, we took Ralph's niece to Disneyland on Sunday and walked over 10 miles (that's a lot for a 5 year old!)
2. Pack healthy snacks
We were all asked to bring snack food and I knew there would be many opportunities to eat unhealthy over the weekend so I tried to make it as healthy as possible.
Here was what I brought:
- String cheese
- Chips (all natural)
- Popcorn (the healthiest I could find in a bag)
I have learned people will pretty much eat anything if they are hungry so I cut up the watermelon and left it in 2 bowls on the table and they were gone by dinner!
I personally ate most of the food while others ate regular chips but it all tasted great. While waiting for breakfast I had a banana, string cheese and strawberries I shared with the 2 young girls.
The healthy snacks definitely helped keep me full without being too unhealthy.
3. Make smart choices at meals
I know gluten makes my stomach hurt so I knew I had to avoid it. This would be my first real test while traveling with others.
For breakfast we had a huge spread of bacon, sausage (turkey and regular), eggs, pancakes, and fruit. I opted for bacon (which I have an addiction to at the moment), one regular sausage and 2 scrambled eggs along with fruit. It filled me up with lots of protein and kept me full until later in the day.
I had snacks later of popcorn,some chips , strawberries and water.
Lunch/dinner was a BBQ: chicken, ribs, burgers and sausage. I knew if I went without a bun, I would feel better.
I had 2 burgers wrapped in 2 large leaves of lettuce with a bit of mustard and ketchup. I also had a sausage with a side of lettuce and a few more chips with water. I felt full but not stuffed and I was the only one not sluggish after eating and it felt great. I had the energy to set up and help the girls dye Easter eggs and also hid them.
3. Indulge a little!
The one thing I did have that upset my stomach was s'mores but they were worth it. I haven't had s'mores in 10 years and did not want to pass up a chance to experience it with the young girls as it was both their first times. We had so much fun making and eating them. Next time, I would probably bring gluten free crackers to use and just have one instead of 2.
I also indulged in wine and champagne. I had probably 3 mimosas with breakfast and then wine at night while we were just relaxing. As always with alcohol, make sure to drink at least 2-5 glasses of water to help rehydrate your system afterwards or 1 glass of water for every alcoholic drink while drinking. Everytime I do this (like Saturday when I had 5 glasses of water. I must have been more dehydrated than I thought!)before I go to bed, I don't have a hangover which is clutch.
I also had Easter candy while we hid the Easter eggs. I haven't bought any candy (and don't plan on it) but I had a small sampling of most of it. I got my Easter candy fix (even though I haven't had jelly beans yet! Eek!) so I don't feel the need to have more and also I enjoyed it. That's what indulgences are for!
4. Disconnect to connect
It was so nice to be without phones. Everyone was engaged and had such a great time. I don't feel I'm addicted to my phone but I know others definitely are! It was nice to just listen to music and talk and catch up. Nice bonding time :)
Also it is always great to live in the moment and try new things.
5. Drink carefully
I had wine, 2 mixed drinks made with vodka and club soda (one was made with leftover watermelon and was delicious!) and also my mimosas with orange juice and water. No soda or other juice. I was chugging water (it was pretty warm this weekend) and I feel like I could have definitely had more water.
Even at Disneyland I managed to make decent choices: well as good as you can when you eat at goofys kitchen,hav ice cream for a snack, however I redeemed myself with a great salad for dinner at pizza port. I was also inhaling water and still ended up dehydrated. However at work yesterday I had about 100 oz of tea (no joke. I refilled my 18oz tea mug 6 times!) and woke up feeling much better today.
Overall, I feel I had a great time and managed it as well as I could. I came away from the weekend very full but also full of great memories. Now back on the real clean eating train!
How do you stay healthy on vacation? What are your tips?