Surviving and Thriving on Vacation

Wouldn’t it be great to feel balanced, relaxed, and perfectly indulged on vacation? And then to return after a week away feeling better than ever? Not to have that feeling looming over you upon your return, the pressure to hit the gym, start a cleanse, or diet to make up for overindulging on vacation?

Vintage Balance ScaleAs you probably know, I spent last week on a family vacation in the Dominican Republic. I remained balanced, happy, indulged, active, content, and returned feeling great too. I know that this isn’t always the case after a week away from our normal routine, (for me included) so I thought I’d share my top tips on surviving and thriving on vacation:

1. Allow yourself a break from your everyday habits, your body will thank you. It’s good to switch things up and stray from our routines every once in a while, with both diet and exercise. Taking a break from certain foods may actually make those nutrients double effective upon your return. Same with exercise, giving your body time to rejuvenate is key.

2. Find a happy medium between pure laziness (which we all know will ultimately make you feel crappy) and any strict diet or fitness routine. This balance, not deprivation, will result in both satisfaction and lasting confidence. Stay active, not strict.

3. Find the local produce and go to town. Fill up on fresh fruits and veggies, especially your favorites that may not be available at home this time of year.

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4. Indulge with all of your senses. Food is only one piece of the puzzle. Open your eyes and ears to all of the wonders of your surroundings, wherever you may be. Being more mindful in this way produces gratitude, calmness, and contentment far greater than a piece of pie.

5. Focus on the purpose of your trip. Quality time with family? Friends? Business? R&R? Culture? Whatever it is, keep that in mind and embrace it. My week was all about family time, R&R, and basking in the warm sun (with SPF of course!)

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6. Try new things. For me, it was water aerobics one day and parasailing another. Not a day went by without a walk on the beach. And while I didn’t ditch the gym all together, my indoor workouts were shorter and less frequent, which was exactly what I needed.

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7. Learned this one from Gabby Bernstein: “when in doubt, play it out.” For example, you’re eyeing the bread bowl or dessert. Play out the situation. If you indulge, will you feel satisfied and content or will you feel guilty and sluggish? Opt for those indulgences that fully satisfy and enjoy every bite.

One Healthy Breakdown: vacation should be a positive reset, both physically and mentally. A step forward, not backwards, in our healthy journey.

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