Hello from the Sunshine state – yes that is right, I am in Port Douglas and more than likely you are not. Be jealous. After a hectic start to the year, I am thrilled to be holidays with the Beard doing a whole lotta nothing! I am going to use the next 8 days or so as time to catch up on some zzz’s, soak up some vitamin D and punch out some general non-cooking related blog posts.
I thought I would use this first post other than to gloat about the warm weather I am enjoying but give you some insights into how I am holidaying – maintaining some sort of cleanish diet, relaxing and exercising.
Firstly food and diet can be the most challenging thing to manage when away from home and routine. I am notorious for going crazy eating wise on holidays for example minimum one gelati a day when I was in Italy for 5 weeks (and stacked on 3+ kgs), minimum one crepe a day when in France a few years ago and then the US last year I kind of lost my mind and was eating everything in sight. Just because it came from WholeFoods doesn’t make it healthy. To avoid losing my mind this time, packed a few essentials to bring with me. These include:
- Coconut Oil: dual purpose for cooking but also as a body lotion and hair treatment
- Raw Cacao Powder: to mix with coconut oil or yoghurt to satisfy sugar cravings
- Coconut flour: to make pancakes and add to yoghurt to make an almost pudding, it is like an instant thickener but doesn’t really have a smooth texture. I like it, may not be your cup of tea
- Assortment of Teas: some herbal some not, the main two – one a liquorice root based for digestion and also sweet cravings and a dandelion root tea – kind of like coffee and good for liver detox
As you can see by the assortment of things I packed, sweet treats on holiday are my achilles heel. I am hoping the above will help me combat my cravings. When I don’t have the routine of work, I tend to be more ‘snacky’ not just sweet stuff, just eating in general. This even happens on weekends. One big win is that we do have the luxury here of being able to cook a lot of our meals and we will only eat out a couple of times. If you don’t have kitchen facilities available for the majority of your meals, my top eating travel tips are:
- Have snacks on hand, especially the most satiating ones like nuts, coconut, cured meats or even cheese. Too avoid getting ‘hangry’ (hungry and angry) and making poor choices. Careful of things like muesli bars, nut bars etc as they are often loaded with sugar
- Order smart and balanced meals – ensure that your meals will sustain you with a good whack of protein, healthy carbs and good quality fats like avocado, full fat dairy etc
- Don’t be afraid to make changes to your order – eg no toast extra vegetables with your eggs if you are out to breakfast
- Watch your portion sizes, if you are eating out a couple of meals a day your portion sizes are most likely going to be larger than normal
I know what I am about to say is going to be a bit of a contradiction to all of the above. But the other import thing to remember is that you are holidays and you might be in a special place with awesome unique food. It is ok to relax and enjoy yourself without going crazy eg. minimum one crepe a day, very stupid. Whilst I am up here I am going to enjoy a couple of serves of gelati, a few cocktails and maybe even a beer. As long as I am eating ok the remaining 70% of the time, it probably is not going to rock the boat too much.
On this holiday, I intend to be fairly active as in a couple of weeks I am going to be bridesmaid for my best friend and after my hard work during my Whole30 the last thing I want to do is blow out. Plus exercise is a nice way to relax and recharge.
In addition to long walks along the beach and doing some laps in the pool here. I have a couple of little circuits that I will be doing up here as well. My friend Charby at the Ancestral Body has done some great posts about DIY workouts and I am going to follow these three:
- Stairway to heaven: There is a walkway up to a lookout that is combination of stairs and a very steep path so I will be running up and down that. Then adapting the workout to include dips as I cannot do a pull up
- Adding some Tabata Sprints to the end of my walks. I will probably look like a complete nut job on the beach but who cares
- Finally giving this workout combo a crack to ensure my whole body is getting a good once over
If you haven’t liked The Ancestral Body or subscribed to his blog. I highly recommend you do. Charby has such enthusiasm for health and fitness with a holistic balanced approached – most definitely not have 5 protein shakes a day bro sort a guy, like real men he eats real food! He is working with Ivy at Paleo in Melbourne to present a Paleo for Blokes event at the end of June. If you are a man interested in changing your lifestyle for the better, it is a must attend event.
Well the beach is a calling so I better fly. As always, I am keen for your feedback and to hear your holidaying hints, tricks and tips. Leave a comment below.