I get an e-newsletter from Linda Spangle (she wrote Life is Hard, Food is Easy
and 100 Days of Weight Loss
. This is from today's newsletter.
Great idea: Minimize the damage when you're traveling
Vacations, reunions and summer heat can all make it seem
impossible to stay on your diet or exercise program. But
'getting away from it all' doesn't mean you have to give up on
managing your weight.
Start by labeling any trip or vacation as a time for taking care
of yourself. Instead of doing 'nothing,' and coming home
feeling like a slug, include activities that will make you
stronger and healthier. And whether you're dancing at your
high-school reunion, or standing in lines at theme parks, remind
yourself you don't need lots of food to appreciate the good
times in life.
Here are a few tips that will help you manage your weight during
any vacations, family gatherings or long weekends when the heat
is wearing you down.
1. Start with water
Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up. The minute you
finish it, label your day as being a healthy one. After all, by
meeting part of your water requirements, you've already been
taking care of yourself.
2. Exercise daily
When you're on vacation, begin each day with a walk or some type
of exercise. Use this activity to set the tone for the day. Once
you've exercised, you certainly don't want to eat or drink in
ways that will undo your efforts.
3. Half-off special
When you're faced with a lot of food, use the concept of the
'half-off special.' Simply eat half as much as you normally
would or take half of the amount you actually want. This helps
you control portions at restaurants or family dinners where
other people put food in front of you. Whenever possible, split
meals with someone, such as your spouse or one of your children.
If you can't split meals, be willing to eat only half and throw
the rest away.
4. Do a tasting diet
Feel free to experiment with trying out new foods or enjoying
desserts. But with anything that isn't part of your fuel needs
for the day, have just a taste or limit yourself to two bites.
Savor the food, appreciate all the flavors, then walk away from
the table and do something else.
One of my clients used this concept on a cruise, and instead of
gaining weight on her trip, she came home two pounds lighter!
5. Minimize the damage
Rather than dropping your good intentions once you arrive at
your destination, look for ways minimize the damage. Consider
eating a healthy snack before showing up at the reunion. Or keep
refilling your wine glass with water, and pretending it's a
cocktail. If you do slip up and overeat, minimize the damage by
stopping yourself quickly, then getting right back on track with