Eating While On Vacation

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October 11, 2019

I've heard that lifting is not a suggestion... so I started lifting about 6 weeks ago! Roughly following Starting Strength, and making some progress in my strength. Obviously, diet is important to work on in concert, and to that end, I've been doing my best to minimize processed foods and maximize actual food, like steaks, chicken, eggs, vegetables, fruit, nuts, etc. I haven't started tracking anything (one step at a time...) but I have a hunch that I may not be eating enough. But that's probably a post for a different time.

Regardless, I'm about to be on vacation with my family for 10 days. I'll be staying in a hotel room and won't have access to cooking equipment to prepare food like I normally would. There will be plenty of meals eaten out (this is normal and expected). The rest of my family doesn't know I'm working out and trying to eat more heathly and may or may not put up resistance to it. I'm looking for suggestions on ways to eat as well as I can under the circumstances. Dinners and lunches should be OK as I can always order a steak or chicken but breakfast may be the most difficult. Any thoughts?

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Title Eating While On Vacation
Author caterpillar345
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Comments 6
Date 11 October 2019 05:39 PM UTC (1 year ago)
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[–]redwall925 points6 points  (0 children) | Copy

10 day vacation? Don't sweat it. Roughly stay away from the biscuits and pancakes and cookies and pastries.

Real thoughts? Start tracking what you eat as soon as you get back from vacation. Stop wasting your time on hunches.

[–]OsmiumZulu2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

Don’t stress about it on your vacation. Considering where you are at in your fitness journey it would probably be seen as strangely out of character and otherwise derailing to a good time. Don’t sweat it, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.

That said, stop pussyfooting around and start tracking what you eat. Download MyFitnessPal as soon as you’re done reading this and start entering in everything you eat. Ballpark estimates are far better than nothing, so don’t let foods without barcodes go untracked. Building this habit of tracking is more important right now than what you are actually eating; just by knowing what you are consuming you will begin to eat better. Ball park estimates are all but worthless unless you’ve been tracking long enough to actually have an idea of the macros of a given food. Don’t stress about doing this on vacation, but you are stunting your progress in a huge way by not doing this ASAP.

Finally, so you don’t entirely blow any progress on vacation, rather than being fussy about what you eat just plan to eat less. If you know dinners are going to be a big meal, eat light in the morning and for lunch. Want to save money and calories? Split a dish. Etc

[–]lololasaurus2 points3 points  (1 child) | Copy

You know what I love about eating out? They usually mark how many calories each dish is on the menu.

Of course, there's all the salt, and they probably estimate low in many cases, but if you choose protein heavy meats and avoid crap food like French fries, it's not too hard to maintain progress.

I personally deviate from the "don't sweat it on vacation" crowd. Yes, it's a marathon, but building the habits of self discipline are critical to keep building progress. If your family hassles you about eating healthy flip the script on them and tease them in an amused way about why they hate delicious meat.

Enjoy your vacation either way you go though!

[–]cdnrpc1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Former hugely fat guy here--you're just in start-up phase right now and should try to practice consistency as eating to fuel your mission is a lifestyle. I think you've got more room to coast on a vacation once you're at cruising altitude. Choose protein heavy meals -- steak or chicken as tacos, wraps, sandwiches or with vegetables and a whole food carb (rice, baked potato) are great. Just track it on MyFitnessPal while you're on the toilet or something.

Chains like applebee's or whatever will have calorie content listed on the menu or website. Realize those little dip/sauce container's at most restaurant hold like 1/3 of a cup (that's like 500 calories of cream-based dressings). Maybe you want that if you're undereating, never been in that position lol.

Also, try lifting at the hotel gym! Some of my best workouts have been on vacations, where I'm sleeping and recovering at peak capacity.

[–]Billy_King0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

I wouldn’t worry about it that much for a vacation. If you want, you can still go on a run or other cardio on vacation

[–]Willow-girl0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Breakfast shouldn't be too difficult; just stick with mostly eggs and meat (I'm assuming you're not a vegetarian if you're having steak and chicken for dinner, lol). Those hotel buffets want to fill you up on cheap carbs ... stay away from the DIY waffle station! Although those things are soooo good, aren't they? Satan, get behind me!! LOL

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