For the first time ever, I’ve come back from a short holiday without cramping and feeling sick. I owe this to my efforts of eat moderately well (for my standards) during this break, and decided to write a blog post about it!
My 2020 wellness goals
I set a bunch of wellness goals at the beginning of the year, and most of these centre around getting my gut health in order, so food plays a big role! In a nutshell, these are:
- Be more consistent with meal and snack planning
- Eat more vegetables
- Eat more dinners made from scratch
- Eat less processed food during the week
- Continue working on portion control
It’s only February, but overall I’ve been quite consistent with following these during the work week. The weekends continue to be a bit of a struggle, and at the end of the month I plan on reviewing how I approach this (that’ll be another blog post).
But either way, this consistency has help set the tone of what I need to do to feel well. Going into this break, I knew it would be difficult to eat more dinners made from scratch and less processed food, but I could definitely apply the others.
We arrived at our destination on midday Friday and left at midday on the following Monday. I knew I wasn’t going to eat completely healthy (because I was on holiday – duh!) but here’s what I did to ensure I did eat some real food.
We went out for breakfast 2 out of the three mornings. Normally, I’d get something greasy like an egg and bacon roll on a brioche bun, and wash it down with a large coffee.
This time, I opted for something that would settle easier in my stomach. I chose the smashed avocado on sourdough toast with feta or goats cheese because it’s high in fibre and contains fresh ingredients.
The first time we went out for breakfast, I didn’t feel like a coffee, so I decided not to get one. Yes, that’s not earth shattering self control, but normally I’d buy one just for the sake of it. However, I noticed I feel dehydrated when I drink coffee when I don’t need it, and sometimes I get a headache from it.
Our final breakfast was yummy french toast with some fresh berries and maple syrup (see below!). I had three slices and was going to say yes to more, but reminded myself to let my stomach settle. I’m glad I did because it was just the right amount.
We were fortunate to find a Thai place that has a $10 lunch special when we arrived at our destination. Not only was this affordable, the servings were just what we needed to feel full but not stuffed. I also had this for lunch on our second last day.
On our second day, I made a high fibre lunch of: 1 90g can of tuna, 1 cucumber, 1 carrot, mixed baby salad leaves and half an avocado. I usually eat carbs at lunch but I didn’t feel like it this time. This was an affordable and healthy lunch and it made me feel good.
I did have a wrap from Maccas today and did something I never do: chose a side of salad instead of chips. I’m glad I did because those chips don’t always make me feel the best and as I sit here typing this, I just know I didn’t need it.
On the first night, we had cevapi (Croatian sausages), salad and bread rolls for dinner. Normally I eat two rolls, but I stuck to one, knowing we’d be having dessert later, and I’m glad I did because two would’ve just been too much.
We had Tacos on the second night. They weren’t the clean tacos, but boy did they taste good!
Last night we ate pizza and garlic bread. I ate my pizza with salad, which helped me get some fresh veggies into my diet.
Cevapi on our first night!
The salad I ate with my pizza. It looks sad here, but it was nice. It had baby lettuce leaves, 1/2 avocado and some tomatoes. I dressed it with a balsamic dressing.
Desserts and snacks
I’m one of those rare individuals who doesn’t like the taste of alcohol. Despite this, I did enjoy some Sheridan’s Coffee and Cream flavoured liqeuer after dinner. On the first night, I ate them with Croatian pancakes (similar to a French crepe) filled with Nutella. On the second night, I ate it with Panettone. Last night, we pigged out on chocolate and doughnuts.
I did snack on fruit and almonds, but I ate a lot of sweets throughout the day, mainly chocolate doughnuts. Because I ate what I needed most of the time, and made healthier food choices than I usually do, I didn’t feel sick. Overshare warning: I was actually regular in the bathroom, which is a big deal for me on holiday!
I did a little bit of exercise during the break. On the second day I did almost 25 minutes of yoga. I also used the foam roller for about 10 minutes this morning and to be honest, I felt like it helped with my metabolism. It’s definitely something I’ll be doing more research on!
I’m glad I listened to my body and ate what I needed, as well as made sure I got a lot of real food into me. I honestly just feel so much better! I’d love to know if you do anything to make sure you stay on track when you’re on break?