While On Vacation, Don’t Take a Break From Your Health!

Last week I took a much needed vacation and like most vacations, my normal daily routine was altered. I fly fished, hiked every morning, did yoga daily, drove through the mountains and ate foods I probably should not have. While flying home, I pondered why I had taken a vacation from healthy eating as well. I hear it from my clients all the time, “I went on a cruise but only gained 5 pounds!” or “I’m dieting now so I can really live it up when I go on vacation next week.”

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Last week I took a much needed vacation and like most vacations, my normal daily routine was altered. I fly fished, hiked every morning, did yoga daily, drove through the mountains and ate foods I probably should not have. While flying home, I pondered why I had taken a vacation from healthy eating as well. I hear it from my clients all the time, “I went on a cruise but only gained 5 pounds!” or “I’m dieting now so I can really live it up when I go on vacation next week.”

For me personally, I was healthy most of the time but consumed too much white flour, cheese and sugar. Worst of all, I violated my own rule on a number of occasions in that I ate beyond fullness many days. Why?  I think most of us think that as long as we can still fit into our jeans once we get home, we’ll be fine. Well, I still fit into my blue jeans but I definitely did some altering of my genes in the process. It can be hard when we’re on vacation to stick with healthy guidelines but doing so will mean less inflammation, lower cholesterol and higher intake of important essential vitamins and minerals. Next time you take the time to plan vacation, focus on healthy eating as well. Do some research on healthier restaurants in the area; find out where the nearest grocery store or farmers market is located.  If you’re not traveling internationally, bring a few apples or some healthy energy bars to hold you until you can find healthy food.  

Taking vacation is a great way to re-charge your batteries from all the craziness that life sometimes throws our way but remember, your physical health is just as important as your mental health so hike, walk, run, bike etc but stick to the basics when it comes to healthy foods and portions and if you do fall off the wagon on vacation, remember to climb right back on when you get back home!

Blog written by Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD
Kristin Kirkpatrick is a registered dietitian and Wellness Manager for Cleveland Clinic’s Lifestyle 180 program. Kristin has...