Staying Healthy On Holidays (Part 2 of 3)

Hey, 
Welcome back to my next instalment in my 'Staying Healthy On Holidays' series. 
If you haven't checked out part 1 yet, make sure you do that first. You can find it here - https://becomeaplantbasedbabe.com/blogs/news/staying-healthy-on-holidays-part-1-of-3
Once you have checked that one out, you are ready to get started on part 2. 

Enjoy! 
4. Get Active 
Now by getting active, I don’t mean you have to hit the hotel gym every day.

I don’t even do that!

If you want to, you can. But if you aren’t feeling it, don’t force yourself while you are on holiday.

You can find other ways to get your exercise in while you are on holiday that are more fun! Go snorkelling, swim in cenotes or rockpools, go on hikes and explore, if you are in a city get a bike or walk around to check out the sites rather than taking a cab or public transport. Or if you are more adventurous, take surfing lessons, go abseiling, kayaking or kitesurfing. Depending on where you are there will be heaps of different opportunities to stay active on your holiday, while still having fun.

5. Keep the 80/20 Rule Going

I like to have an at least 80/20 rule to nutrition when I am not competing and just enjoying life or maintaining.

So at least 80% whole food plant based, 20% treating myself.

Now that might seem strict, but it isn’t all that bad.

When you work out your 80/20 you can see that it does give you quite a bit of flexibility.

So how do you work out your 80/20?

Meals per day x days per week

So for me, 4 meals per day x 7 = 28

80% of 28 is 22.4

So even if you were to do 23 out of your 28 meals per week healthy whole foods, correct portions etc, that would give you 5 meals per week where you could treat yo’ self a little bit.

So while you are away that could give you five nice dinners or lunches out per week, while the rest you enjoyed fruit, salads, smoothie bowls, etc.

6. Do Intermittent Fasting

As you probably know, I am a huge advocate of intermittent fasting.

I normally do 16:8 as it works best for my lifestyle.

But while I was in the UK last year, I upped that to 20:4 and 22:2.

Why?

Because I started to recognise that I was wanting to eat all the food, and try so many new things and I was starting to feel like I was slipping into a bad pattern.

So before I got into a bad place, and before I started to get out of control or hate myself, I went on the offensive and took ownership of where I was at and made adjustments.

Having the tighter window meant I only had a smaller time period to be tempted and it is much harder to overeat when you don’t have much time.

It also gave me time to enjoy other things, rather than constantly thinking about food, or trying this food, or wanting to visit that cafe.

I would wake up and get out and enjoy the day before I even thought about what I was going to eat.

It gave me more freedom.

So intermittent fasting might be something you can incorporate into your holiday, and if you want to know more about how to do it and get started with it, you can check out my Intermittent Fasting blog HERE.

So I hope these next 3 tips have given you some things to think about. 

Remember, you don't have to be perfect on holidays, I just want you to feel empowered and make choices that are right for you and make you happy! :) 

Stay tuned for part 3 Friday! 

Amanda 

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