Living Thin on Vacation; Don’t Gain a Poundby Sonja Rose on Jul. 19, 2010, under Health
Monday morning. Back from vacation in San Diego. Eight family members in a big house, full of food.
Before I lost 50 pounds in 2001, I would have five pounds to lose whenever returning from vacations. Now that I live the thin lifestyle, that never happens to me any more. However, those Monday mornings after vacation are still heart pounding as I check my weight after being away from the scale for a week.
Ha! Same weight as when I left! (I always feel as though I should be winning something when this happens, probably left over from days gone by).
Here are some tips I’ve learned so I stay thin while on vacation:
1) Eat small portions at restaurants and/or the place you’re staying.
2) Stay active. We took lots of walks on the beach, rode bikes on the strand, played smash ball and frisbee on the beach, and went boogie boarding in the ocean. One day we spent eleven hours walking all over Sea World.
3) Split meals in restaurants.
4) Only eat food you love. Don’t settle for less.
5) Then, stop when you’re full (or even a little before).
6) Since vacation time may include alcoholic beverages, stick to those lower in calories, like beer, and stay away from the high-calorie drinks.
We visited our favorite restaurants like the Green Flash, and ate fish, rice and vegetables. Another place we like is Fred’s, where they serve Mahi Mahi fish tacos — the best kind, with grilled fish and no breading. Yum! At the house we rented in Mission Beach, I was able to eat a lot of my favorite foods, like yogurt, fruits, oatmeal, salsa and scrambled eggs, grilled meats such as chicken, fish, shrimp and steak on the grill — and lots of salad.
One of my favorite wheat beers is Widmer, which isn’t always served in restaurants, so we bought it at Ralph’s grocery store and enjoyed it on our patio. It’s a wheat beer so it is full of vitamin B, so I feel good in the morning as well.
If you like sweets, Ben & Jerry’s has a great-tasting frozen yogurt that can be purchased at the grocery store with few calories and is low in fat, for example, Cherry Garcia for only 170 calories and 3 grams of fat.
On vacation, it also helps to have a family who is game for anything, likes to stay active and is in shape as well.
Here’s to a great San Diego trip, 2010!