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What with summer being summer, and every friend of mine owning a cottage (seriously, how does everyone afford their own cottage?), weekend road trips are a common occurrence. And along with road trips and cottage barbeques comes a SLEW of unhealthy and indulgent eating. At least in my case it does. I also figured that with Thanksgiving having just passed, this article would be beneficial to all my Canadian readers (don’t worry my American friends, your day will come!)
It ALWAYS starts off the same. I say to myself “Beverley. When someone offers you a bag of chips – you politely decline. Don’t even have one – you’ll never stop. When you make a pit stop for food and you’re not actually hungry, don’t buy a toasted bagel with herb and garlic cream cheese with a chocolate chip muffin. I don’t care how delicious those new flavored bagels are. DON’T. DO IT.”
So I go into this road trip with great intentions, strongly believing I can overcome any temptation.
HAHA. GOOD ONE CHENG.
This weekend that lasted literally 45 minutes before someone opened a massive party bag of Salt and Vinegar Ms Vickies chips. Like seriously, I didn’t even stand a chance. Or, that bag didn’t stand a chance rather. I was literally grabbing handfuls of chips with both my hands.
Fast forward to the end of the weekend. I’m now a blob in a deck chair, filled up with beer, chips, veggie burgers and buns. (And the brownie that I snuck in my bag with me and did not share with anyone… sorry!). We have a five hour drive in the car, and I already feel my stomach upset with me. Digestion seems to come to a complete halt when i’m on vacation.
How many of you have been in this situation and hated yourself for it?!
Well – not to worry! I have been in this situation many, MANY times, and do a few things to help me get back into the swing of things, and feeling normal. These are exactly the protocols i’m going to follow for this week coming up.
1. Drink tons of water
This piece of advice I follow closely throughout the indulgent weekend, as well as when I get back home. Something about drinking a litre of water while eating a bag of chips makes me feel better about myself. It allows me to stay hydrated and helps with indigestion and/or stomach pains (which tends to happen when I eat too much). The day after I get back from a weekend away, I make sure I am drinking water constantly, which makes me feel much more energized and revitalized. It’s cheaper than a juice cleanse and easy to do!
2. Pack lunches that are wholesome (no processed foods, high in protein, and tons of veggies)
This one I cannot stress ENOUGH! The evening I get back from my weekend away, I am at the grocery store getting my shopping in. I like to keep it really easy and clean – usually i’ll buy some fresh fish filets and vegetables. To keep it simple perhaps zucchini, red peppers, red onion and potatoes. I roast the veggies with salt and pepper and saute the fish with a squeeze of lemon juice. These lunches are great because they have everything – protein, carbs, and vegetables. They’re filling, but completely clean and healthy.
3. Hit the gym the next day
Usually on the ride back home, I am already thinking in my head what workout i’m going to do the next day. If you’re like me, chances are you got very little exercise in (if any at all) during your weekend away. Getting up to grab a beer from the cooler does not count, unfortunately. I find that hitting the gym the next day changes my mindset in a positive way – I feel much better about the week ahead, and I spend less time concerning myself with all the high fat foods and extra calories I consumed that weekend.
4. Drink lots of green/Chinese tea or black coffee
Something about green tea, or the herbal Chinese tea I get from the Asian supermarkets really helps to settle my stomach. If i’m feeling peckish during the day, but not exactly hungry, I will always turn to tea. Now – if the weekend eating has really messed up my bowels (yes i’m talking about not being able to poop), then black coffee is my saviour! Avoid adding in all the creams and sugar and keep it as simple as you can. In either situation, I try to keep as many fluids going into my system as possible.
5. Don’t skip breakfast – have something high protein/low carb
I know you might be tempted to skip breakfast and hopefully create a calorie deficit from the surplus you indulged in during the weekend. I would advise not to. Your stomach is probably already a bit confused and upset by all the things it ate during the weekend and at odd times (read: smores at 2 in the morning). Rather than make it worse, start getting back into your normal routine right away. Usually I will have something light, such as a protein shake (almond milk, protein powder, frozen banana, and nut butter) which will keep me full till lunch time.
These are my top 5 tips, and yes I follow every single one of them! By Friday I feel back to normal. Seriously – give them a try.
What do you like to do when coming back from an indulgent weekend?
How was your Thanksgiving (if you are Canadian!)??