I’ll be out of town this weekend, so I’ve been thinking about obstacles people face when it comes to healthy eating and traveling.
I’ve found one of the best ways to stick w/ healthy eating when you’re out of town is to plan ahead. Bring some snacks, pack some produce, or go to the grocery store when you get there. Ever thought about stopping off an exit when you see a grocery store instead of a gas station convenient store for snacks? Just walk in there and get an apple or some peppers. No one says you can’t :)
Another important thing about going on trips is the acknowledgement that you may not be eating “normal”.. obviously there are more opportunities to stray from your healthy eating. I think it is critical to not do negotiations or compromises in your head of intake and cardio. Thoughts like, “It’s ok, I’ll just do more cardio this week.” Cue huge ice cream cone.
I’m guilty of thinking like that in the past, but I’ve realized it only hurts me. And it causes me to feel guilty about enjoying something I don’t normally eat. Which causes me to eat more. Then it can become an all or nothing situation- “Well, my eating is already “bad” today. Guess I’ll order the mac & cheese.”
Don’t think of yourself as a failure if you’re new to healthy eating and eat something you feel like you “shouldn’t”. The emotional situation you create from these thoughts are detrimental to your success.
I read a quote once that said, “Self-doubt leads to sabotage.. believe you can!”
Think about that when you’re tempted to overdo it. Do you really need the largest size of ice cream cone, or are you actually sabotaging yourself? This is part of the mental obstacles we face when trying to lose weight, or trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Go into the weekend believing you can have willpower. Don’t make it all or nothing. It’s something. It’s an ice cream cone. Move on with your day and don’t stress about it!
I’ll try to blog if I can, but if not, have a great weekend!