Vacations and food

I will start by saying this- I love food but I am scared of it. My whole life food fed me emotionally rather than my body needing it to stay alive. But with making the lifestyle change that I did, I had to learn to eat food because I need it and not because I want it.

One of my biggest reasons for success is my food journal. It is my everything. While some people feel lost without their phones, I feel lost without my food journal. I feel more in control because of it. I guess it is my security blanket. It keeps me in check and holds me accountable for my actions. When people ask me for recommendations on weight loss and how I was able to lose 100 + pounds and keep it off, my first response: food journal. 

I haven’t been on vacation since I’ve been on this journey until this past weekend. My husband took me on a mini-getaway to the Poconos. While I was super excited for some relaxation, hiking, gambling, and a massage, I also feared the food situation. I have a weekly routine with food. All my food for breakfast and lunch is packed for work in advance and we have a set menu for our weeknight dinners. What was I going to do being away?! I kid you not, I began to panic. I started having irrational fears that everything I worked for all this time will go down the tubes and I will become the old me.

It took me a few moments but I gathered my thoughts. First thing I did was write a list of things we need. I like lists. I like being organized. I felt a bit calmer after that and that’s when I told myself to pack non perishable foods and I made a mental list of what I can eat when we eat out.

Foods I packed:

  • Protein bars… you all know I am always obsessing over different bars. My newest obsession is Oatmega
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Here I am doing a free Oatmega advertisement. The company didn’t ask me to do this. I just love this bar so much, I had to take this picture.
  • Nuts
  • Bananas and apples
  • Jerky

Tips for better eating while on vacation:

  • Make a mental list of what you’re going to eat while you are away. Doing this you psych yourself out and know what to look forward to.
    • Breakfast: Eggs and Fruit
    • Snack: Something that I packed
    • Lunch: Lots of greens and protein
    • Dinner: Same as lunch
      • Research restaurants and local food joints. I did research before we left. I looked at the menus and knew what I was going to eat even before we got there. 
  • Exercise/stay active. I get it, you’re on vacation and you want to relax. Personally, I find exercise to be relaxing. I also feel better about myself, Like I’ve done a good thing for myself for the day.
  • Portion control. I’m sorry, call it tough love but you don’t need to pig out while you are away. Pigging out because “you are on vacation” is stupid and you’ll regret it when you get home.
    • I know I’ve said this before…but can the restaurants PLEASE stop serving bread? WHY oh WHY must you do this to me? Next time I am going to “accidentally” hit it off the table.
  • Drink water to fill up. No juice… Juice = empty calories. I know you all know that alcohol is also empty calories. I’d strongly advise you to watch yourself. I don’t drink at all so it’s not a problem for me but I know people love to drink, especially on vacation.

The weather was too nice to spend time indoors so we visited The Seven Tubs Natural Area and did a good 4 mile walk.

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Moments after this picture was taken, I was crawling back up the hill, looking down and almost fell into the water. Thankfully my Husband was watching out for me and told me to stop crawling to my death.

We slept in a bit. Don’t judge me! I wake up the same time every day even if it isn’t a work day.

We had an AMAZING dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steak House. 

Gambled and lost but we played craps for the first time ever!

What do you guys do when you go on vacation? Do you say, “ah, what the hell, I am going to do whatever I want?” Do you pack snacks? Plan in advance? Exercise? Have you gained weight while away? Have you lost weight while being away?

Our next trip is to Japan. This should be interesting…. *If you’ve been to Japan, give me some food advise! I don’t like fish or pork!

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16 thoughts on “Vacations and food”

  1. Awesome post! I always always always pack snacks when I go away. If I’m road tripping, I pack a cooler and fill it with grilled chicken strips, carrots, fruit, bell pepper strips and boiled eggs. As a matter of fact I just went to the store today to stock up on snacks for a 2-day trip to DC this week. If I don’t have healthy food within reach I will too easily justify eating gas station garbage.

    I have been to Japan! What parts are you visiting? I’m going to warn you right now – you’re going to have a tough time avoiding fish. It is MUCH more prevalent there than here.

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      1. I have been to Tokyo and Kyoto – both are amazing. My sister-in-law is also from Tokyo, so if you would like any recommendations from a native, I’d be happy to ask her. You can do seafood, right? You just posted a shrimp recipe not too long ago. If you can stomach seafood you’ll be fine. 🙂

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      2. Well, don’t be afraid to explore. The Japanese cook very differently than we do, so it’s possible that you’ve had terribly cooked fish/seafood here, but you could potentially like it there. I was grossed out by sushi when I visited, but ended up loving it by the time I came back!

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      3. I am skeptical BUT my father keeps telling me I should add fish into my diet and not so much meat… I guess no better time to try/start than while I am away in the land of fish.

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  2. Wait, you’re going to Japan… and you don’t like fish…. Dear, Japan is an island. Chuckle.

    Ask them if there are any good Chinese restaurants?

    Sorry, couldn’t help myself.

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    1. Hahaha! !! I’m going bc it’s my husband’s dream to visit. If it were up to me, we would be sitting on an island somewhere eating jerk chicken!

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    2. My husband keeps telling me japan has the best beef. I’m not a big red meat eater but if I have to choose between beef and fish, well, beef it is. ….I’m wondering if the airline will let me bring a suitcase full of protein bars . I won’t bring clothing, just protein bars.

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      1. LOL! They do have good beef, it’s American grown. 😉

        They don’t have the space to raise cows. China might send them some too, just be careful… Those Chinese cows look just like American cows but they break when you hit a bump.

        That’s a cycling joke.

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