Isn’t it a funny thing, how you plan for weeks to go on vacation and then vacation comes and goes and it seems as though it never even happened??? At the same time, in many ways, taking a vacation is hard work. Coming back home can sometimes feel like more of a vacation than actually being a thousand miles away on a beautiful sandy beach.
What I know for sure is that vacation is necessary. It recharges my battery and I come home feeling ready for a new day, a new challenge, a better nutrition plan and a new perspective on my workouts and training sessions. So even though vacation can be exhausting, it also has its rewards.
My husband, Tom and I just got back from Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. The beaches were beautiful and the weather was in the high 80′s everyday. I worked hard to stay fairly close to my regular diet but it wasn’t easy. We also didn’t get to the gym at the resort which was ok since my body needed a break. Instead, we spent time everyday walking on the beach.
There were many food choices at the resort’s restaurants but most of those choices involved meat (actually 99% of them). The chef was kind enough to provide vegetarian meals for us, but I believe vegetarianism is a very misunderstood way of eating. Our evening meals were cooked vegetables mixed with curry powder or soy sauce AND that was it….no rice, beans, cheese, eggs or any type of substantial protein source.
Breakfast was easy for me to eat, enjoy and feel satisfied. Each morning I mixed up the following: hot oatmeal, cottage cheese, some nuts and whatever fruit was available that day.
Lunch was the same each day…vegetable fajitas. We did pack extra nuts and protein bars so that was very helpful. The evening buffets were filled with 5-8 meat choices including numerous seafood options. All of the visitors at the resort that we talked to thought the food was excellent. I guess, for most people it was the ideal spread. I still have to commend the chef because they certainly didn’t have to accommodate our diet at all, but they took the time to make sure we had a meal to eat. One of the waiters even sent bananas and mangos with me back to my room for when I got hungry.
The vacation was relaxing but now I am ready to get back to my regular routine. For me, routine makes me the happiest, and I feel my best when all is in its proper place. Mixing it up every once in a while is still very necessary and a part of my healthy lifestyle.