Though laundry would certainly top this list, I’m focusing more on steps I take to beat that post-vacation bloat. Somehow between salty sea air, French fries, and afternoon beers I left the beach feeling a little puffy. Even though I don’t throw all healthy eating out the door on vacation (I just feel better if I stick with eating some vegetables and such), I still usually feel ready to clean things up a bit by the time I return home.
Strict detoxes and extremes are not for me, nor is feeling any guilt about letting loose and enjoying myself. However there are 5 things I always do after vacation to feel back on track.
Stock up on clean/real foods.
I don’t waste time getting to the grocery store and I think that’s what helps nix vacation eating in the bud. On the way home from Hilton Head on Sunday, we stopped at Whole Foods for me to grab a few items. It wasn’t a full haul, but enough to get us through a couple days until I had my feet back under me. Salmon parchment packs for dinner, fresh fruits and vegetables, a couple lean proteins, and kombucha would last us at least 3 days.
Getting real food back in me and honestly just making food at home helps me feel back to normal in no time.
Give Alcohol a Rest.
I love a good glass of wine in the evening and am not opposed to having one on weeknights (#momlife), but post vacation, I like to take at least a few days off. Throughout our beach getaway, I enjoyed several margaritas (though we ordered them as a shot of tequila, a shot of triple sec, a shot of lime juice, with a splash of soda water because super sweet drink mixes kill my stomach), a couple beers, and even a glass or two of wine. Stocking the fridge post vacation means sticking in some non-alcoholic options to sip and enjoy during the evenings instead of pouring a glass of pinot.
That puffiness isn’t going to get rid of itself! If I’m being honest, I kind of suck at remembering to drink water, but I put in an extra effort after vacation to combat dehydration and water retention. Things that help me stick with it are drinking a large glass first thing right when I get out of bed, using a larger water bottle, and adding a fresh squeeze of lemon.
Get some decent sleep.
Vacation always throws off my sleep. The first day I woke up at 4:00 am and couldn’t go back to sleep. The last night it was close to the same. There is nothing quite like a solid night’s sleep to help me feel back on track. For me, that means in bed close to 9:30 and “lights out” by 10:00. If I sleep in until 6:00, that’s a solid 8 hours, which is pretty much my minimum. What can I say, I need my sleep!
I’m sure I’ve only mentioned it a few hundred times, but I’m not usually a person that craves exercise. It’s a very intentional part of my life that makes me feel fantastic, but if I were to skip 2 weeks of true/intense exercise, I’d be a-ok. However, I know how amazing I feel after sweating it out, so I make it a priority to jump right back in. Yesterday my morning was booked, so I forced myself to make it to the 4:30 Burn Bootcamp class. Afternoon workouts are harder to get myself going for, but after 45 minutes of strength and cardio, I was riding that endorphin wave!
Vacations for me are all about letting loose and doing whatever feels good at the time, whether it’s an afternoon nap or a long walk on the beach. Maybe it’s peel and eat shrimp or maybe it’s French fries and beer. It’s a time to focus on the experience and the people. Getting back to my normal habits once I arrive home helps me to avoid any big change in my fitness level and I’m usually excited to cook up some new things too. It’s all about balance baby!
Do you stick to your healthy habits on vacation or let loose?
What helps you feel back on track once your back home?