Many of you ask how to maintain the “JOOS Cleanse” eating lifestyle – or just plain eating healthy – while traveling. So many of us feel like we fall apart when we go on vacation. Fun while we indulge and then we feel miserable when we return.
Like everything in life, we need to strike a balance. Going away and eating healthy is not incongruous. In fact, it is very doable. Just be realistic about it. And remember: this is NOT about being perfect because what is perfection anyway – an illusion!
Here’s a sample vacation eating plan (which, by the way, can be applied to every day life):
Have a big bowl of oatmeal and load it with fruit. If you eat a big enough breakfast, you will not feel so much temptation to consume a big lunch and dinner.
If you are in a warm climate, have a huge salad of greens and a protein – no bigger than the size of your fist, like a piece of fish. Avoid the heavy meat. Make certain you use a light dressing like a vinegrette or olive oil with balsamic vinegar.
If your breakfast and lunch are big enough, you will not have temptation to eat a big dinner or snack during the day.
If you want to order a cocktail, do! Even have a glass of wine with dinner.
Have a protein – again no bigger than the size of your fist – with lots of veggies and perhaps a small portion of a starch, like rice, 1/2 a sweet potato or 1/2 baked potato without the butter, sour cream, etc. If there is a big dessert buffet, take a bite sized piece of a few of the desserts or have 1/2 of one of them. Remember, if you feel deprived, you will binge – so better to have a small amount of something you are craving than to gorge later.
I have to go back to my French woman example. Often they eat a small piece of steak with no more than a fist sized portion of french fries, veggies and a glass of wine f dinner. They do NOT graze in between meals. They watch their portion size. They enjoy their food.
Unlike the French, we feel so constrained in what we eat that it is inevitable that we binge, particularly when we go on vacation.
Establishing healthy eating patterns is a process so take small steps. The next time you go out to dinner or on vacation, start with watching your portion sizes.
Also, you know I have to add that eating an alkaline diet of at least 70% will help you diminish the cravings. What’s the best way to do this? Drink fresh, organic JOOS!