Many of us have spent a lot more time at home over the past 15 months, probably a lot more time than we wanted to spend. On a positive note, it can be easier to follow the Basic Principles when you are mostly eating at home or packing food to take to work. But now that things are opening back up, many of you will probably be doing some traveling this summer. I think all of us are ready for a change of pace and deserve some rest and relaxation. So how can you enjoy your vacation without completely getting off track with this program?
Following the Health Plus program does not need to be an all or none situation. You don’t need to throw in the towel and completely stop trying to follow the Basic Principles if you have an “off day” (or even several “off days”). If things aren’t going well one day (e.g. ate more than you planned on, drank quite a bit of alcohol, didn’t get your steps in, etc.), look at the next day (or even at the next meal or snack) as an opportunity to do better with following the Basic Principles and get right back on track. Vacations are a time to relax, have fun and explore new places (or sometimes familiar places). With some planning, preparation, and changing your mindset you can have a wonderful vacation while still staying on track with your weight loss.