Learning how to stay healthy while on vacation can be tough, but it is absolutely doable. You may take a lot of vacations and just tell yourself, “It’s vacation. I’m going to eat bad, because there’s no other way around it.”
It’s no secret that Summertime and vacations do go hand-and-hand! They get us out of the monotony of life. Vacations get us to a new location where we can actually RELAX a little!
That being said…
Vacations can be a doozy on someone’s health. The first step is telling yourself that you can make good, healthy eating choices while on vacation. The setbacks vacations can cause on one’s health are not simply due to what they consumed (or didn’t) while on the vacation, but rather due to the challenge of getting BACK INTO IT when they get home.
If you take a 7-day vacation and give yourself 100% freedom on food and drinks, you better believe that the first day back will be rough – and so will the second, and the third…
Now, for some of you, it’s a worthy trade-off. You are experienced at taking time away, and for you, eating like this ENHANCES your life. But for many, many others, it may be a ticking time bomb waiting to go off!
So what are we supposed to do???
Allow this trip to be a full splurge, or try to find some middle ground? Sometimes you might choose the last option, and sometimes you might choose the former. Ultimately the choice is yours. That’s the key to living a healthy life. You always have a choice, and you are in control of your decisions. The important thing is to get back on track when you return from your vacation.
There really is not “perfect” time or conditions to get and stay healthy. Becoming a parent, taking on more responsibilities at work, having less free time as your children grow up… these are all examples of ways that living and eating healthy can bring new challenges to your life.
God hasn’t asked us to only take care of our bodies when it’s easy. He asks us to take care of the temples we have… PERIOD. We must work THROUGH our challenges, work WITH our resources, and EMBRACE the life God has given us!
If you feel overwhelmed by al these suggestions, or any of the tips we’ve laid out as we’ve blogged about making this Summer as healthy as it can be for yourself, just choose one to try and implement it this week!
You don’t have to do ALL of these. Only do something that might lighten your load!
We hope the tips were helpful in giving you some new ideas and a fresh outlook on the Summer. Most importantly, we want you to know that you aren’t alone in the Summer transition!
Here’s to your health!!!