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Getting Back on Track After Vacay

There's nothing like a good vacation to renew the body and the soul. Whether you spent time on a beach or hiked in the mountains, trips often involve heavier food than you might normally eat. While it might be tempting to start a post-vacation "detox" or cleanse, it's not necessary to be this extreme. Instead, focus on gently returning to your normal habits, and you'll feel like yourself in no time. Here are some tips.

  • Healthy Hydration: Airplane trips can leave you dehydrated, and you may drink more than usual on a trip. Reduce alcohol consumption back to your normal, moderate level as soon as you return home, and ditch soda and sweetened beverages.
  • Get Back to Basics: After a week of heavy foods, you might be happy to return to your normal eating habits. This doesn't mean skipping meals or trying to make up for the food you ate on your vacation, however. Instead, fill your plate with more fruits and vegetables, choose lean meats, whole grains, and dairy.
  • Move More: If you were less active than normal during your vacation, that's normal. Try and get back to your normal daily physical activity as soon as you can.
  • Home Cooking: When you are on vacation, you are more likely to eat out every day. When you get back, commit to eating at home for a few days. You'll save calories and money too.
  • Realistic Expectations: If you gained 5 pounds on vacation, don't panic. Unless you ate 17,500 calories more than you burned on vacation (that's a LOT of shrimp), this is unlikely to be real weight gain. Much could be water weight from saltier restaurant foods, and it will come off in a few days.
  • Be Kind: Be kind to yourself with exercise, a balanced diet, get enough sleep, and let the stress management benefits that come with vacation continue for weeks to come!