The past month things have picked up. I have been busy working on the social media – do follow me on Twitter and Instagram (Links below!).
I have also been gearing up to a great holiday away for 10 days!
Going away can bring up questions such as ‘what about all those tempting ice creams and fish and chips?’, ‘how many steps work off a Sex-On-The-Beach?’
If you already have a good healthy routine going, you will find the time and will-power when away from home. Hopefully, you should be having a healthy, balanced diet. This means you are not restricting yourself to specific foods you can only find at your organic, boutique local market, and it also means you allow yourself some ‘naughties’ from time to time. I try to remember a few rules for myself: Cheat Meals are just that: MEALS. Not cheat days, or cheat WEEKS. Allowing yourself that pizza or burger and chips of an evening once in a while is just FINE. And do not beat yourself up about it. If you know you’re going to punish yourself after it, simply don’t do it in the first place. It’s not worth it!
- Alternatively, if you don’t have a healthy diet routine at home and you are still in the early stages and DREAD the temptation of holiday goodies, maybe prepare beforehand.
- Have a look at the local cafes and restaurants and plan for the best option for meals.
- Be sure to always have a bottle of water with you (sometimes thirst can be confused for hunger…and it’s great for your skin anyway!)
- If you do order burger and chips, because heck – ‘you’re on holiday!’ – then maybe swap the chips for salad, don’t have that pint of lager or that cocktail that comes with it for £5 all-in (you know where I am talking about),
- Avoid the dessert and have a coffee instead if you feel you need that ‘full stop’ to the meal.
I am sure that it’s not digestively beneficial, but I find a nice gentle walk after a meal helps my stomach feel more settled and I feel less full. Also, ensure you have plenty of walking and sightseeing on your holiday. Exercise doesn’t have to be in a gym, and keeping moving alone can help burn fat and keep off the holiday bloat.
Finally, if you have decided ‘sod it – I have been good all year and this week is my week OFF!’, and this makes you happy, then do what makes you happy. Life is too short. Ultimately, as long as you don’t eat and drink to hospitalisation-levels (!), one week of eating and drinking all the stuff on your ‘forbidden’ list is not going to make a huge difference – just as one week of drinking kale smoothies and eating crispbreads isn’t going to make a huge difference. Just get back to your routine when you get home and you will feel back to normal in no time J
For me, I will be preparing, planning ahead a little, and not beating myself up over the odd G&T or ice cream :D
Happy holidays everyone!