Vacations should be a luxurious time to indulge oneself and have fun. Though it does lead to eating out more often, it also removes many of the day’s temptations: you won’t be wandering over to the kitchen when you’re bored, or overindulging at the grocery store and then feeling “obligated” to eat what you’ve bought.
Spend time in the pool, on the sand, and at the shops, not at the restaurants. Most vacation hot spots are ideal for eating on the go; you can pick up a small meal from a roadside vendor and eat it while walking the boardwalk and enjoying the sights and sounds.
Don’t make food about suffering. If the smell of saltwater taffy engulfs you, treat yourself-to one. Having a small amount will indulge your craving without compromising your diet. Better yet, after you buy your taffy, don’t begin eating it until you’ve walked far enough away to avoid being tempted by the smell.
Try making a rule like, “If I eat, I need to enjoy a fun activity, too: a walk, bike ride, swim, tennis, putt-putt, etc.” Then coordinate daily “pairings” or events with meal planning. Life, including vacations, does not have to be all about food. Nor does it have to focus on food.
Vacations and meals out are intended to be enjoyment, not torture. If you do go a little overboard, it’s important not to beat yourself up over it. Forgive yourself and get on with life. Simply use that experience to learn where you can improve the next time you are in that situation.
With the right approach, eating out can be a pleasurable experience. Remember, a successful diet is a lifelong lifestyle modification. You need to be able to incorporate healthful eating out activities into your routine.
What happens if you DO stress? Add extra activities to your schedule. Swim some laps. Walk or jog. Leave your wallet in the trunk and go to a mall for a shop-walk. Take a tour. Visit a museum. Enjoy a park and feed the ducks. Just get out, focus on something else and enjoy life.
Gregg Hall is a business consultant and author for many online and offline businesses and lives in Navarre Florida with his 16 year old son. For great diet products go to http://www.zefarilhealth.com