California Dreamin’

We just got back from California on Sunday and what an awesome trip! I’m just now starting to feel like I’m getting back on track, but it was so worth it. Five full days of seeing family and friends, eating our favorite foods, and of course indulging in some adult beverages (by some I mean quite a bit).

Going on vacation is always so fun and relaxing. I love traveling. The only downfall of traveling, and it’s sort of a downfall and sort of amazing, is that I splurge while I’m away from my normal routine. I thrive in a routine! I always go into a trip with the mindset that I’ll stay totally on track with my day to day diet. But then I never actually stick to it. I always find some sort of justification, like, “I won’t be in Cali for a while! Do it!” (In n’ Out) or “This is your favorite happy hour, EAT and DRINK, WOMAN!” (Zocalo). And honestly, I don’t regret any of it. I totally believe in just going for it if you want something. I just sometimes wish I could reel it in. Maybe next time 🙂

Now, even though I don’t regret any of my food or drink choices in CA, I can definitely feel the effect they had on my body. I have been sluggish, bloated, un-motivated…but that didn’t stop me from dragging my booty to the gym the last two days to get in some killer workouts. SO hard, but worth it.

I thought I’d compile a list of 5 ways that I like to get back on track after traveling!

Get back to your normal workout routine: I really can’t tell you how helpful it is to get back to your normal workout routine. And if you don’t have a workout routine, start by just going for a walk around the neighborhood. There are so many health benefits that come from just taking a stroll (check some out here). It’s seriously so motivating just to get back into the gym and get after it. I’ve only had two days in the gym after being back but it already motivates me to make better choices this week, so I can perform better in my workouts.

Hydrate: I try to drink a ton of water before traveling, while traveling, and then after traveling. It really helps eliminate any hunger/thirst confusion and hydrates your body after traveling. I like to compare water to gasoline in a car and keeps me drinking throughout the day. It’s like not having enough gas in your car if you’re running low in water intake. This is especially important after flying! This is me going off on a tangent, but I also try to moisturize the heck out of my skin while flying.

Sleep: When you’re tired, sleep. People have different ways of beating jet lag, but I just know that when I get home, I’m always tired. So, I just sleep. At least 7 hours, but the more the merrier.  And it helps. If you don’t sleep you’re more likely to eat carbs and reach for junk because your brain thinks it’ll help wake you up. Usually the carbs and sugar end up backfiring, making you even more tired in the end. Just be aware if you’re truly hungry before you snack. Are you thirsty? Tired? If you’ve had plenty of water, but still fell hungry, have a snack. Reach for a well balanced snack, though, to keep you energized and full until your next meal (like a rice cake with PB or a turkey and avocado wrap…I also like to wrap a pickle in salami and eat it like a taco…don’t judge me).

Veggies: This is kind of a no brainer, but including as many vegetables as you can in your diet will really help you get back on track after being indulgent for a few days. Not only are vegetables hydrating, but they’re full of fiber which should help support digestion. If you’re like me and have a hard time digesting raw veggies, roast them! I put roasted veggies on seriously everything. I eat them with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Roasted carrots, beets, asparagus, zucchini, etc. YUM! Veggies are super high in vitamins and minerals and are anti-inflammatory power houses. Fill up your plate!

Don’t stress: Look, I told myself that I should really cut back on the sugar this week since I went a little hard on my trip home. HOWEVER, if I accidentally have some sugar, I’m not going to beat myself up about it…as long as it’s just a treat- nothing drastic. Sugar is addictive and if you just drop it all together, it’s likely you’ll “relapse” and go hard again. If you slip, recognize it, come up with a if/then plan for next time (if I want to reach for a cookie, then do 15 squats instead), and move on. With that being said, if you feel like you have to completely abstain from something (sugar, alcohol, etc.) in order to get back on track, do what works best for you 🙂

Also, I thought I’d share some recipes I’m loving lately!

  1. Banana Bread 
  2. Eggplant Pizza Crust
  3. Honey Dijon Dressing
  4. Chicken Tortilla Soup

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