Slow carb on vacation
With the weather getting better in a lot of the North American continent, your thoughts might be turning towards summer vacations and weekends at a lake, cabin, beach or park.
Of course, this also means a time that inevitably means wearing less clothes and perhaps having more incentive to be looking great and better than ever.
So how do you combine a vacation with slow carb fat loss?
I’ve been asking myself exactly this question lately, but it is this week that it is especially important; we’re on vacation this week on the Californian coast, and with the sun shining, the beach is calling, but so are the evening drinks and some of the tastiest meals I’ve seen offered in a long time.
So what’s the strategy?
I’m working with my ‘best version’ way of doing things. That’s where you take the current situation you’re in, and figure out what is realistically the best case scenario for what you have in front of you.
Let’s take a quick look at my usual routine:
- Regularly sleeping in the same place
- Shop at the same shops
- Have a familiar routine
- Have a fridge nearby
- Have cooking facilities on hand
And now a look at what a vacation gives you:
- Varied and different routine
- Different sleep patterns day to day, in different places
- Shopping at different shops, on the run
- Having no routine
- Not having cold storage
- Not always having anything more than a microwave and coffee maker
What a difference! So I take a realistic, ‘cold light of day’ look at that list, and realize that the possibility of my following a regular slow carb eating routine is very unlikely, and most likely impossible.
So, instead of going with an ‘all or nothing’ perspective, I consider what I can do, to minimize what’s different.
So, here’s what is easy to do:
- Buying pre-cooked hard boiled eggs
- Using pre-made protein shakes like Muscle Milk
- Having some prewashed spinach handy
- Bringing and can opener, and buying some black and dark red beans
- Using a protein bar that’s low on sugar
- Packing some other vege snacks like baby carrots
- Choosing salads with meat at cafes
- Being ok with some rice or some corn
- Working with menus to focus on protein rich meals
- Looking for lower carb options on meals
- Adding protein shake if opting for meat salad option
- Limiting consumption of rice and potato, but allowing some
- Generally necessary, unlike regular slow carb, due to travelling over Meal 3 time (around 4pm)
- Using a high protein bar, or protein drink
- Keeping clear of beer and milk
- Staying away from cereals, fruit juices
- Avoiding those fried foods
- Enjoying a really great ‘cheat meal’ during the vacation
And that’s it. I figure a menu like this means my vacation time isn’t disrupted too much, but I am taking some simple and easy actions that can help limit the changes while away. So far so good!
Have a think about what little changes you can make to your normal vacation routine that will make it a healthier one this year, and reap the rewards and maintain the great results you’re working hard for.
Have tips? Share them with everyone and we will all have great summer vacations, without blowing out all that hard work done in spring!
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