Summer is now officially here, and that means vacation time for a lot of us. No matter if you are going on a quick weekend trip to the countryside or on a longer beach vacay, your good eating habits can become less of a priority when away from home.
So how can you keep up with your health goals when summer vacation temptations (ICE CREAM + BBQ!) are right there, in your face, ALL - THE - TIME?
Well, let me tell you: it's totally possible to be away from home and still be healthy, without feeling like you are restricting yourself. Follow these 4 simple tricks.
1) Make healthy eating a part of your identity - the moment you commit to eating healthy because you decide to take care of yourself, every day, no matter if you are sitting at the office or hanging out by the pool, you will find that temptations become obsolete. Don't consider health as an accessory but as a commitment that you pledge to every day. The moment we start thinking about 'cheat days', the battle is lost, because we justify binging on unhealthy foods. The same goes with vacation: it's not a time to 'cheat' on your diet but it's a time to enjoy yourself and part of that is taking care of your body in a reasonable way, with little indulgences here an there.
2) Do your research - this is really essential. When I travel (especially abroad), I look up what local culinary specialties are and how I can veganize them easily if they come with animal products. Ask for your pasta and pizza to be without cheese and ditch the chicken in your stir fry. Most cultures have a ton of vegan dishes or veggies dishes that can be made vegan with no problem.
3) Get a lay of the land - look up where you are staying and what grocery stores + restaurants are around. It's important to know where you can get healthy and vegan options before you go somewhere so you don't even get tempted. If you know that there is a health store around the corner from your camping ground, or a Whole Foods right across the street from your hotel, it's easy to go there instead of falling for the local snack shack with limited options.
4) Think like you think at home - what would you do normally? What foods do you buy when you go buy your weekly errands? It's not different when you travel and it's super convenient if you stay at an Airbnb or a place that has a kitchen. Just cook your own food! Beans, grains, pasta, fresh veggies and fruit can pretty much be found anywhere you travel so get your staples and explore some local vegan foods at the grocery store.
I hope these simple tips help you to navigate the summer temptations and all food distractions that can appear when on vacation. Keep in mind that you don't have to be perfect - just make an effort to continue your good habits so that you don't feel regret after vacation. It's not worth it to binge and go crazy for a couple days. It's way better to allow yourself treats on a regular basis so you never feel like you have to live in between extremes.
Jenné & Isabelle
We're both passionate vegan foodies with backgrounds in nutrition. We decided to bridge our skills to create Buddhalicious; a program that guides members to find balance, excitement, and flavor on their plates, and in their lives.