Stay Well Summer Trip Guide
Last weekend we were in southern California touring some schools with the family. A few of the folks I coach have already started going on summer trips. Some are stressing about how to stay on track and maintain their weight while away from home. Unless you are lucky enough to have a luxury trailer fully equipped with a kitchen (like my friend Miriam!) you may feel challenged with how to stay healthy while mostly eating out. On our recent trip we happened to be staying in a bare bones Airbnb – empty fridge, very light on the amenities – not unlike staying in a hotel room. The location was awesome so it worked out fine but it did get me thinking. I sat down and wrote a list of things to do to best equip you to stay well during your summer holidays. None of this info I’m sharing is earth shattering – you’ve heard it before. It is helpful to see it all in one place and hopefully timely for you too.
- Snack on fruit and almonds
- Drink plenty of water
- Walk everywhere/where comfy shoes
- Skip appetizers in restaurants
- Choose salads and veggies when ordering
- Share plates or save half
- Limit the “special juice”
- One dessert a day
Snack on Fruit and Almonds
No matter where we go, big city or tropical island, I always look for a farmer’s market. I love the vibe and seeing first hand how locals live. Even if it is a short stay for us, I will go by. Perishable fruit like berries you can eat on the spot. More portable fruit like nectarines and cherries you can take for the car, plane, or the hotel/Airbnb for later. I have a weakness for sweet summer fruit and commonly eat my way to a stomach-ache! Speaking of which, a frequently asked question I get is ‘can you eat too much fruit? and ‘will I gain weight from the sugar in fruit?’ Fear not, the fiber will fill you up and you too will get a stomach-ache if you eat too much of it, far before it will be actually harmful to you. The sugar that is in fruit is recognized and digested/metabolized by your body in a way that works for you not against you. How’s that for a non-science person explaining the food science of fruit??
Almonds are awesome. They fill you up, are loaded with protein, and are easy to take anywhere. I stock a big ziplock bag of raw almonds in my carry on bags and keep a tupperware full in my car. They are my go-to, ‘hangry” curing snack to get me to the next meal.
Drink Plenty of Water
This sounds so basic but it is surprisingly easy to forget to drink enough water when you’re traveling. Part of it is that the prices can be high in airports and touristy spots. Bite the bullet and buy the water. We have had scary experiences of dehydration which I won’t go into here but trust me when I say drink a ton of water when you’re traveling.
Walk everywhere and where comfy shoes
This one seems obvious however if you are into style you might overlook packing comfy shoes. We try to stay in locations that you don’t need a car and then walk Everywhere. Being away from home we are missing our dance classes, workouts, and gyms. We make up for it doubly by walking! I love my cushy, walking on clouds, Nikes. I remind our girls to pack comfy sneakers too.
Skip appetizers in restaurants
Often when you’re out and about and possibly in a busy locale, you find yourself hungry and excited in a restaurant. Take a breath, drink water, and be patient. Hold out for the real food. Appetizers tend to be high in fat or carb heavy – just skip it.
Choose salads and veggies when ordering
Whatever you choose, add a veggie side or a side salad. Your tummy will have less room for the high caloric density stuff and will thank you later for the fiber, vitamins and minerals.
Share plates or save half
See two or three things you’d love to try? Ask the table if they want to eat family style. Sharing gives you a chance to have fun with variety. Decide ahead of time to save half for later.
Limit the “special juice”
This one is for the over 21 crowd. I’m guilty of over-indulging on fruity cocktails and other libations while on trips. It must be old habits and associations I have – old habits die hard. Tracking helps. I think of cocktails and wine as juice when I’m tracking. I surely know that more than one juice is way too much sugar. When I’m tracking the drinks as ‘juice’ I can limit myself to one.
One dessert a day
Speaking of limiting to one a day, the same goes for dessert. If you’ve had a soft-cone in the afternoon, take a pass on the dessert after dinner. Allowing myself one dessert a day feels less limiting and restrictive than going cold turkey. By the time I get home I’m sugared-out and ready for getting back to healthier routines.
That’s it for my stay-well, summer trip tips. I hope you found them helpful. No recipe today but rest assured I have been cooking up a storm since we’ve been back home and recipe testing like crazy! Can’t wait to share the goodies with you soon.