What is up? How's the week? I feel like it's flying by, and I have like 10 more days in Vietnam! Crazy, and I'm having such a good time snapping (@hundredblog) and sharing with you!
So I was thinking this week about how, very weirdly, when I go on vacation, I almost always lose a little weight.
I’ve had my eye on it for a while now through various vacations and trips and its sort of a weird thing that I look forward to when I travel.
You guys remember when Carrie Bradshaw was broke as shit, and she’s like, I got a Vogue Magazine, I just felt like it fed me more.
I feel like travel, just feeds me.
(CORNY I KNOW - BUT TRUE).
(Just dropped a Sex and the City reference, SOS!)
But anyway, I don't do it intentionally, but it's just the living in the moment, extra moving, trying new things, eating when I'm actually hungry...that seems to just shake a bit away.
There have definitely been those trips where I've packed it on (I mean I broke my foot abroad in Luxembourg, and let's just say the cheeks were on FLEEK I was so chubby) but now, with eating local, not drinking and more moving, I have found a rhythm to maintain or lose when I travel.
Here in Vietnam is no different. Food is crazy good, super fresh and so many vegetables, eating vegetarian is easy. Vegan is a bit harder as I don't know all ingredients, but I am trying to just go with the flow and not be so hard on it. We've been biking about 40 miles a day, and I have been walking EVERYWHERE. I just feel like I'm less focused on food in a new environment then at home I'm like at my desk like, spooning peanut butter.
So, how to lose or maintain (that's good too, right? HA) weight on vacay.
Be in the moment
Probably the most important here, is being in the moment. When I am truly in the flow, I listen to my body way more than when I am sitting at my computer at work and someone says there’s cupcakes in the kitchen. When you’re bored, and when I’m bored, it’s SNACK TIME. But on vacation being so busy getting from A to B, seeing all the sights and just truly learning and experiencing another places, keeps you in the flow and not eating out of habit or just being bored. I actually skipped dinner last night (shocking, truly) because I was enjoying conversation and the environment so much, I checked in with my body (for the first time ever) and realized I was still full from our 7 course lunch. Also, there wasn’t shit for me to eat, but still. It felt good to really just be in tune with what was going on not just autopilot eating because it’s time to.
Eat REAL food
I’m the queen of not real food. Protein bars, juices, smoothies, protein shakes, random shit all the time. I just love snacking and so those type of foods make for most my diet but not real food. When you’re on vacation you’re having real meals, with real food most of the time. For breakfast here, there’s an incredible buffet with fruit options, oatmeal, vegetables, just everything. So you’re getting real food calories that fill you up for so much of the day. It’s those type of calories that give you good energy that lasts. Here in Vietnam, they have peanut butter and I am SO happy. But also, in other countries outside of the United States, they don’t use preservatives, and hydrogenated oils like we do. It’s not as intensely sweet or salty and there’s just less ingredients and there’s an easily traced trail to the source. Making it better and more whole.
Fitbitters unite, keeping your steps up and walking everywhere is truly part of the experience and so important for me on vacations. I think it’s in my blood since my parents are like psychopath vacationers with activities planned from 8 AM until 8 PM at night. (When my mom came to L.A. she had us back to back like there wasn’t such a thing as traffic – LOL). So that keeps you moving and burning calories all day long.
Weigh your options
I think this applies to anyone who is even remotely health conscious, that your options are limited overseas, or even on vacation in general. If you’re on vacation, you never know what you’re going to have, and if there’s things like fried fish, or here like sticky rice, you’re not going to eat it. Today at lunch, they were trying to make it American and had French fries (cold ones) and then fried fish and cabbage. I mean my actual hell. So, having limited options and having to be picky about what you’re eating (too taking into consideration how clean places are) helps to cut back on the amount that you actually eat. For me it’s like a diet but not by my will.
Let yourself relax, and be happy
The best sort of way to lose weight or feel good is being stress free and happy. When I’m on vacation I am truly most of those things, because I love seeing the world. Traveling makes you more grateful and compassionate, period.
Oh yes, super key here is that I don’t drink. So, there’s that. I mean I’ll have a glass of wine here and there but I don’t ever drink to get drunk on vacation. So calories via alcohol don’t really count. If I’m somewhere with Justin or friends, I’ll definitely have alcohol, but I’m not a drinker.
I’ve noticed already that I feel a bit lighter, and weirdly I probably won’t workout for a while so we’ll see how it goes. I’ll keep you posted through the next weeks and will definitely be weighing myself throughout if I can. Vacation is the new diet, ya know?
I know this may seem super far fetched, and for vacations where your beach bound in Mexico and I’m face planting in guac, it may not apply but international travel this is 100.
Do you guys have any tips or things you do to prep for vacations? Anything you notice about your health or weight when you’re away? I would love to know some of your secrets!
Okay need to get to bed (15 hours ahead of L.A. time here) which is CRAZY. This jet lag is the real deal and I am dead tired at 7 PM.
Okay off to a flight to Ho Chi Min City (Saigon!) super excited to spend about a week here! Will write a birthday update soon :)
Where I stayed in Hoi Ann:
Boutique Hotel, Hoi An (on the beach and so gorgeous)