When I was heavy, my vacations would mimic my already unhealthy lifestyle.
I would go to Vegas, Palm Springs or some beach which can all be very healthy locations to visit but I would not go for the healthy vacation I would stuff my face at buffets, lay out in the sun not moving my body and even worse drinking sugary cocktails. I would go home fatter and not “refreshed.”
I am not saying you can’t lay out in the glorious sun and sip down a cocktail, or pig out a little. It’s like the great Julia Child said “All things in moderation, including moderation” so have one cocktail and get some rays but also take that hike in the mountains or swim some laps.
I had an opportunity to research this post when a very special house guest visited for the first time in my new wine country home town. She wanted to see it all and so we did, we made a conscious effort to move our bodies more, eat all natural foods and get plenty of rest.
I highly recommend you visit the Central Coast of California and check out this amazing Skinny Vacation spot. There are countless ways to move your body more, horseback rides, picking grapes in the vineyards, surfing and my personal favorite taking hikes in the local vineyards.
Skinny Vacation Tips
Here are a few vacation tips to make sure your vacation is “Skinny”
- Plan, plan, plan!
- Feed yourself.
- Drink lots of water.
- Splurge a little.
- Move your body!
1. Plan, plan, plan!
Just like you plan your meals and workout schedules you should plan your vacation. Have everything set up, have the tickets printed out and your schedule set up, the key here is being organized. You want a relaxing vacation, so plan it out and make some good choices.
If you are going to the beach for a day to lay out in the sand, plan on picking up some sandwich stuff at the store and loads of water, bring along some snorkel gear, a volley ball or Frisbee and of course, sunblock.
Some of you are rolling your eyes at me, saying to yourself “I just want to plan it as I go” then do that one day and on that one day enjoy it, have a hot dog on the beach and some nachos for dinner, go nuts one day and enjoy it then move on. Moderation is the key so be sure to have some well planned out days too.
2. Feed yourself.
Try to choose a hotel that has a kitchenette in the rooms and stock the fridge with water, healthy snacks like string cheese and apples and some breakfast foods. If you don’t have such luck but you do have a refrigerator then bake a batch of scones or muffins at home and bring them with you, or get some milk and all natural cereal like Kashi or something really fancy at Trader Joe’s and bring a bowl from home (or call room service for one).
This may seem like a lot of work but I promise you that it is worth it! You will save a fortune!
I always feed myself on vacation as much as I can, I am on a strict budget and I would rather use that money for a couple really nice meals rather than several visits to drive thru’s and greasy hamburger joints. Just think, if you can save 200 calories by not going to IHOP for breakfast and having a healthy breakfast in your room, maybe you can have that fancy cocktail later… It’s all about staying on budget, both financially and calorie wise.
3. Drink lots of water.
The first thing I do when I arrive in a new town on vacation is get some water. The bottles at the hotel both in the rooms and in the gift shop can be up to $5 each! I get one of those jumbo water jugs with a spigot that you can put in your fridge and put it on the counter in my room. It is under $4 and so much better than the alternative.
Also I can see if I have not had enough water each day. It is easy to forget water when you are on vacation, it goes back to planning.
4. Splurge a little.
Say What?! The Skinny Vacation lady is telling me to eat chocolate cake?! Yeah I am, you’re on vacation!
Pick a restaurant or venue and spurge on one meal don’t let it run into a full day then two days then the entire vacation. My rule is I always splurge on the last day, and I have to earn it. If I am good all weekend and have kept up with water and had loads of veggies I go nuts for one meal.
If I am back in the OC visiting friends it is always Five Guys, a cheese burger with jalapenos and their amazing Cajun fries, in TX visiting my BFF it has to be Del Friscos Chocolate cake and a VIP Martini for dinner (yep! for dinner) and this weekend it was lunch at Sunset Magazine’s Savor the Central Coast which consisted of two count em’ two desserts, Champagne Cake from Madonna Inn and Maple Bacon Donuts from SLO Donut Company washed down with a little Byron Vineyards Chardonnay.
You are on vacation, you don’t want to feel like you can’t have what you want. Enjoy, splurge then move on!
5. Move your body!
The best way to move your body on vacation is to walk and explore your surroundings. Go to a Farmer’s Market and pick up some fruit and walk around. Go to the beach and take a jog, go hiking or take a swim in the hotel pool. Just find a way to get off your tush and shake it!