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Summertime means road trips, BBQ’s and lazy days at the cabin. This also means that it’s harder to stay on track with our preferred eating habits.
This summer we spent 2 weeks in Colorado, a week at the cabin, a week in Montana, and we have another week at the cabin scheduled. This is the most traveling we’ve done in a summer, and it would be harder on all of us if we didn’t have a little reboot after we got home.
Before I show you my Post-Vacation Reboot, here’s a video showing you some of my favorite healthy snacks and tips for your summer road trips.
Simple Post-Vacation Reboot
Breathe + Stretch
It’s important to get back on routine as fast as possible. For my morning routine I like to either breathe or meditate to get in the right frame of mind.
Then I do a little stretching to wake up my body. I also try to do this while on vacation, but it often doesn’t happen.
Here’s a link to a video of a great, QUICK breathing routine you can do in the morning. This breathing technique is great for bringing balance to the body (something I know I need after vacation) and is calming.
This is an excellent way to release toxins. Squeeze half of an organic fresh lemon into a glass of water.
Drink this first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Your liver has been working all night to remove the toxins and this helps to flush them out.
As I wrote in this post juicing is an excellent way to give your digestive system a rest, consume more fruits and vegetables, and allow your body to absorb nutrients quickly into your bloodstream.
Here’s an easy recipe for my Super Detox Juice. If you don’t have a juicer you can also buy juice at the store, I like the Suja brand, or go to a juice bar.
Super Detox Juice
- 1/2 head of celery separated into stalks
- 1 apple
- 1 bunch of dandelion greens
- 1/2 bunch of fresh cilantro
Wash all produce.
Put all in a juicer.
Put in a glass and serve immediately.
Choose organic when possible.
Have a prep day ASAP
Here’s what I prep as soon as I can to get me back on track:
sprouts: these are packed full of nutrients and are very easy to digest. They are great for balancing hormones, beneficial for your skin and digestive system and so much more. I will do a whole post on these powerhouses soon, but until then, read this article for more information.
- Choose your organic bean or seed. Some easy ones to start with are alfalfa and mung beans.
Soak the beans/seeds overnight in a glass mason jar.
Drain them and discard the water.
Take a small square of cheesecloth and place it over the jar opening and secure with a rubber band.
Tilt the jar upside down and set it in another dish so that the water can drain out and air can still get in.
Rinse them twice a day with filtered water. After rinsing tilt them upside down again.
Follow the instructions of the specific bean/seed that you bought, but in about 2-4 days they will have little tails and be softer and ready to eat.
When they are ready to eat you can store them in the refrigerator on top of a moist paper towel in a glass dish for a few days.
Kids love watching them grow!
coconut kefir water: this is a fermented drink that I use as the base for my smoothies. It fills your gut with beneficial probiotics that are essential for digestive health.
I buy these grains and put them in a mason jar. Pour 3-4 Cups of coconut water in the jar. Stir, cover and let sit on your counter for 2 days. It’s ready to go. Drain it, but keep the kefir grains to re-use over and over. Drink it as is or use it in smoothies. You can refrigerate it after the 2 days.
trail mix: My meal routine can be unpredictable while on vacation, so I try to get back to 3 meals and 1 or 2 snacks asap. One of my favorite, healthy, easy snacks is trail mix. Here’s a recipe I LOVE:
- 2 Cups raw, unsalted cashews
- 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground fenugreek
- 1/2 teaspoon ground chili pepper.
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
- Toss the cashews and extra-virgin olive oil together on a baking sheet.
- In a small bowl mix all the spices together.
- Sprinkle over the cashews, turning to coat thoroughly.
- Bake for about 10 minutes, until golden brown and fragrant. Serve warm.
veggies, veggies, veggies: I eat raw veggies with my lunch as well as a salad before dinner to increase my veggie intake which can also be unpredictable while away.
Smoothie-I have these for every breakfast. It’s simple and nutritious. This is an easy way to sneak in veggies as well as any vitamins or minerals I’m taking.
I make a double batch and save the other half for a snack later.
- 8 ounces almond milk
- 1/2 banana
- 1 bunch kale, stems removed
- 1/2 Cup berries
- 1 pitted date
- 1 tsp. Hawaiian spirulina
- 1 serving Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
- Blend all ingredients in a blender and serve.
- Add more dates or honey if you like a sweeter smoothie.
Papaya- This is excellent to get digestion back on track if it gets off. See my simple Papaya Smoothie Bowl recipe on Instagram.
Put exercise on your schedule
Even if you tend to be active on your vacations like we are, it’s not usually at the same frequency or intensity as your regular workouts. I add it into my schedule a day or two after we get home to force myself to get back into the routine.
Otherwise I find myself sleeping in and brushing it off while I find a million other things to do.
The sooner I get back on track with my workouts, the happier I feel and I find I don’t get that “vacation hangover” where I feel blue for a few days after a trip.
So to Recap…..
Breathe + Stretch
Drink your Lemon Water first thing in the morning
Have a daily juice
Have a food prep day ASAP
and Put exercise on your schedule
Now go have a great vacation, and be sure to Pin this for when you come home.
With love + gratitude,
P.S. I have been hearing rave reviews about Instacart. It’s a grocery delivery service. They just recently came to my area, so I haven’t tried it out yet, but plan to after our next trip. On your way home from your trip, order your groceries and you can have them delivered in as little as an hour! I also saw that you can have a shared cart. So next time you are renting a house with several families, you can each log in separately, add what your family needs to the cart, and have it delivered to the vacation house when you arrive. Genius!
Do you have any tips that help you transition more easily from vacation mode back to reality?
I’d love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below.