Ah… vacations. Love ’em!
And hate ’em — because it’s so hard to get back on track with healthy eating when you get home, right?
Most people either follow the 80/20 rule when eating out on vacation — or fall off the wagon completely.
So they got home unmotivated, tired, and even a little depleted.
TCS member Cathy P. recently shared in our members’ Facebook group:
“I do feel like I’ve fallen completely off the wagon with my cooking. Travel always seems to trip me up. It’s hard for me to stay on track before and during the trip, and it’s also hard for me to get back on track even after I get back home.”
I feel for you, Cathy! Practically every one falls off the wagon while on vacation!
But you can always turn things around…
So I’ve got 5 tips to show you how to get back into healthy eating after vacation. (And one of them will help you prevent falling off the wagon as much next time!)
Below, you’ll find the audio, video, and print version of these tips for getting back on track after vacation… or new baby, or moving, or illness, or…. you name it. 😉
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How To Get Back On Track With Healthy Eating
I went into more detail in the audio and video above. Here are the cliff notes of the 5 tips I shared for how to get back into healthy eating after vacation:
1. Know That It’s Ok
“His mercies are new every morning…” God’s word says.
Same with food and health. Tomorrow is a new day. Or in Trim Healthy Mama, where every snack/meal is 2-1/2 to 3 hours apart, the saying is you get to start over in 3 hours. That’s great news and very encouraging!
In any case, let go of the guilt. It is what it is. You can’t change the past, but you can change the future. So…
2. Put It In Perspective
Your extra tiredness is not only from traveling but it’s from not being nourished as well. It’s ok to admit this. Because it helps you find the motivation you need to make changes.
Know that it’s going to take some work to get back on track. Set your mind that you’re pursuing that and prioritizing it.
When you get home, you need to recover from vacation before you can get back to normal. That means 3 things — rest up, drink up, and eat simple, nourishing meals.
The first 2 are obvious.
The next — what do I mean by simple, nourishing meals?
I mean meals that are super easy to fix (so they don’t tax or overwhelm you) but are really, really nourishing. Like:
- Eggs with sourdough toast
- Whole chickens — just pull off the meat for sandwiches and salads
- Chicken soup
- Grass-fed ground beef based dishes — ground beef is so easy to turn into hamburgers, spaghetti, tacos, burritos, chili!
Make sure your ingredients are whole and nutrient-dense: healthy fats, grass-fed or pastured meats, especially. The fat and protein will help fuel you and restore your vigor.
You might have some nice take-out places that feature seasonal ingredients and broth. Don’t turn to fast food because you’re tired — either simple at home or quality eating out.
Notice in triage there’s not a whole lot of soaking/sprouting/sourdough. Just basic whole foods that don’t need extra prep methods. This is because you’re resting and restoring and we’re keeping it very simple.
Kind of like you’re sick. 🙂
4. Back To Normal
Once you’re rested up, rehydrated, and even nourished, you should begin feeling more energetic and more desire to get back in the kitchen and back to normal.
So do it. But do it slowly. Don’t burn out.
Start introducing more tasks and cooking. Whatever you were doing before vacation, you can do again.
5. Plan Ahead For Next Time
If you can plan ahead for the next time you vacation, you’ll not only make your vacation better but also your return home. There are 3 parts to this.
#1 — How can you make your next vacation better in terms of how you eat? Check out this #AskWardee — real food while traveling.
Vacation is like having a baby. You don’t return to normal for awhile. So just like new mamas clean and put up freezer meals for when the big day comes, you can do the same thing when you know you’re going on vacation.
This also includes: Try to leave for vacation with a clean house, clean fridge, and almost everything “in its place”. When you’re home again, the last thing you want to do is have to pick up messes. It’s much better to start with a clean slate. Right?
#3 — Plan an extra day or 2 after vacation as a buffer where family activities are low-key or non-existent, so you can rest and recover before going back to work or going back to normal.
- Canned Wild Salmon
- Free Traditional Cooking Video Series
- Whole Chickens in the Crockpot
- Instant Pot (easy pressure cooking!)
- #AskWardee 028: Real Food While Traveling
- Pressure Cooking eCourse
- What’s your daily sourdough routine? #AskWardee
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