Weightloss Journey: Post-Vacation Diet Clean Up!

Well, I’m back from paradise… Now it is back to reality and routine. Which also means focusing on my nutrition for my weightloss journey. I am so proud of how I maintained my workouts while in Hawaii. Taking Peloton classes, going for walks and meditating, but it was hard to maintain my calories. Even though it was tough to manage my calories, I thankfully didn’t gain any weight and my clothes still fit comfortably. But, most times that doesn’t happen. Either way, I still need to clean up my diet and get back to my journey. 

I think the challenge for me being on vacation while doing my weightloss journey is managing all the amazing food. A big highlight for me while being on vacation is enjoying the various types of food. I mean food is part of the culture of any place you visit, right? For example, being in Hawaii we went to a Luau, ate at Shrimp Trucks, savored Shaved Ice and so much more. All of the food we ate was well prepared and delicious. As a result it is hard to count calories. In addition, while traveling I don’t have access to celery juice and it is hard to meal plan. I did the best I could while still enjoying my vacation, but honestly I need to get back on track. Being on track with my journey helps me to sleep better and digest food better. So when I return from vacation, I feel like I need a vacation from my vacation because I’m so tired and have less energy. 

Do you feel that way after traveling? The need to clean up your eating? And maybe you need a vacation from your vacation too? 

Since my energy is so drained and just trying to get through the week, the key for me is to not make things complicated. It’s hard to travel, not be on a schedule then jump right into reality. So, I do my best to ease into everything and make it as simple as possible. 

First things first are to prepare my celery juice and ginger shots. You may already know, but these are staples to my weekly routine because:

Celery Juice – Helps with chronic illness by breaking down and flushing out viruses, so it has really helped me with my hashimoto’s disease diagnosis and to manage it without prescription drugs. 

Ginger Shots – This is one of the world’s oldest and most popular medicinal spices. It is great in helping to aid in digestion and preventing colds and flus. Ginger can also help to alleviate menstrual cramps, nausea, heart burn, migraines, sore throats, exhaustion, fatigue, and constipation. So I really rely on it to help me during “that time of the month”. 

I know both sounds, YUCKY! But, you get past it after time. Mostly I chug the celery juice. Takes me just a couple minutes to get 16 ounces down and thankfully ginger doesn’t taste too bad and it’s only a shot. I also remember the benefits are worth it. 

Then I get into my meal prep. My meals this week are easy, foods that don’t require a lot of preparation or dishes to clean, and they’re also delicious and satisfying. Thankfully, I have my playbook Heather (my health coach) helped me put together. These foods are low in calories but have nutritional value. This week my menu is:

Dinners:

  • BBQ Chicken Pizza: Using store bought pizza dough, shredded chicken from the freezer and jar BBQ sauce with Simple Arugula Salad
  • Frozen Salmon Burger with Simple Arugula Salad

Lunch:

  • Deli Turkey Sandwich

Breakfast:

  • Hard Boiled Egg, Avocado Toast

Snacks:

  • Cucumber, Carrots and Hummus
  • Apples and Peanut Butter

My pizza produces 4 servings, so I include salmon burgers from my freezer to supplement for the other days of the week. My other meals I buy enough supplies to get me through the week. 

Based on my menu, I create my grocery list, so I don’t forget anything and avoid making multiple trips or online grocery orders. Since I get my meat from Butcher Box, I don’t have to include those items on my grocery list. I find it so easy having various meat proteins in my freezer. 

Next, I spend an hour preparing the pizza and boiling the eggs so they are ready to go for the week. I put everything in their individual containers and in the fridge so I can easily grab as needed. 

Another thing I incorporate into my routine is lemon water. Heather advises me to drink this because it can help with weight loss. Lemon water is also good for the immune system, anti-aging, detoxification, purifying the blood, and regulating body temperature. Since I make lemon water each morning with room temperature water, the only prep work I do is filter the water and store it in a pitcher and place it on the counter for easy access. 

Ok, now I’m ready to conquer my week back to reality. I’m also ready to get back on my weightloss journey stress free. Are you like me and struggle coming home from vacation? How do you get back to reality? Share your ideas below.

Until next time have a joy filled day.

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