How to Get Back on Track After Vacation
Author - Alyssa Rimmer
Go a little crazy on vacation? Learn how to get back on track after vacation with these 5 simple tips. In just a few days, you'll feel amazing and totally back to normal.
I just got back from a weekend away in Bermuda and I thought it was the perfect opportunity to share a few tips for getting back on track after vacation.
Let's face it: vacation is a time to unwind, relax, let go of some of your routines and just be present in the moment. Does that mean I recommend you throw all care to the wind and don't pay attention to what you eat/drink? No. But I do think it's an opportunity for you to give yourself a break.
I don't know about you, but I'm one for routines. I have a morning routine, a nighttime routine, a match routine, a smoothie bowl routine, a dinner routine, a workout routine. Pretty much a routine for everything and I definitely find myself getting stuck.
I eat a lot of the same foods over and over again, I use protein powders, adaptogen powders, superfoods, etc., and while I think all of those things are amazing, I also think it's good to give your body a little break.
When I go on vacation, I don't use it as an excuse to go crazy and get totally wild. But I do let the pressure off. I don't worry about eating greens every single day. I'm not as concerned with finding vegan food everywhere I go. I order those tropical drinks. I have an extra glass of wine at dinner. And I don't stress about it.
Because I know that it's only a finite period in time and it's not honestly going to do that much harm on my body. Sure, I might come back a pound or two heavier, or perhaps a little dehydrated, but have I ruined all the progress I've made towards living a healthy life. Absolutely not!
Our bodies are incredibly resilient and when you build a solid foundation at home with your healthy habits, your body is in a much better position to get “back on track” when you get home.
Which brings us to the topic for today's post: getting back on track after vacation. These are some tips/rules that I follow when for the first few days post-vacation and it always helps me feel amazing.
How to get Back On Track After Vacation
1. Drink a TON of Water
Chances are, when you come back from vacation you're a bit dehydrated. There are a few reasons for that: flying, have less access to fresh water, drink more alcohol, sitting in the sunshine. And that's why it's super important that when you get back you drink LOTS of water.
My usual rule of thumb is at least half my body weight in ounces of water per day. When I get back from a trip, I double that. I know I'm fully hydrated when I'm peeing every hour. Yes it's a lot, yes it's hard, but it's going to help you feel amazing and will help get your digestion back on track AND flush out toxins.
2. Load up on Greens
I already eat a lot of greens normally, but post-vacation, I take it to another level. We're talking leafy greens at every single meal for at least 2 – 3 days. The reason? There are tons, but here are some of my personal faves:
- Flooding my body with nutrients
- Alkalizing to my system
- Fiber-rich to support my digestion
- Packed with chlorophyll and other detoxifying minerals
- High in plant-based protein
What does this look like for a typical day? Green smoothie/smoothie bowl in the morning, salad at lunch, salad or buddha bowl at dinner. It might seem boring, but trust me it really works wonders on your system!
3. Add Algae to my Supplement Routine
I don't typically take algae every single day, but when I get back from vacation I definitely do. My two favorites are chlorella and spirulina and I find they're actually super easy to incorporate into my routine. I either take them in pill form with my other supplements, or I'll just throw them into my smoothie (or both).
Blue-green algae is one of the most potent superfoods on the planet due to its incredibly high concentrations of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and protein. It can be used as a detoxifier but is also amazing for reducing inflammation, promoting new cell growth and increasing energy.
4. Skip the Alcohol + Sweets
This kind of goes without saying, but after a vacation where I've consumed a bit more alcohol than I normally would, it's time to take a little break to help my body recalibrate. I don't typically drink during the week anyway, but I usually like to give myself at least a 10 day – 2 week window post-vacation where I don't consume alcohol.
Sugar is similar for me. Since I probably drank a few sugary drinks while I was away, I try and take about 5 – 7 days off from sweet treats. I'm still eating fruit, but I'll skip my nightly chocolate routine and try not to bake up any cookies or other tempting treats.
Is this necessary? Maybe not, but I personally find that limiting these two things in my diet really helps me feel the benefits of the other things I'm doing, like the hydration and flood of nutrients from all the good food I'm eating. So go with whatever works best for you, but this timeframe seems to do really well for my body.
5. Sweat it out
Last but not least, I try and get a good sweat on every single day post-vacation (for a week-long period that is). I'll do at home workouts, I'll go to hot yoga, I'll take a Soul Cycle class, or I'll even just head to the gym and go into the steam room/sauna. Sweating is such an important part of detoxing and it really will help you get back on track.
Don't think of going to the gym as punishment for what you ate while you were away. Think of it as a tool to help you feel good and get back to “normal” as quickly as possible. I promise, 5 days of a good sweat will do wonders for your digestion, your skin, your brain and pretty much every other part of your body (despite some soreness of course!).
And that's it!
I hope you enjoyed today's post and I hope you find these tips helpful! If you have any other tricks for getting back on track after vacation, please share them with us in the comments below. The more we can share with each other, the more we can learn.
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