Paleo Challenge – Vacation

We went on a fabulous mini-vacation to the mountains with family a couple of weeks ago. ¬†It was so great to get away for a few days, even if snow vacations with kids aren’t exactly the most relaxing kind of vacation ūüôā ¬†16832053_10154184031742466_146743557573806425_n

This ended up being a pretty easy vacation to stay on track. ¬†My family is pretty focused on eating healthy so the meals we planned we all easy and Paleo compliant with the exception of a little bit of rice and quinoa and a few potato chips ūüôā ¬†My biggest temptation was when we went for ice cream, but¬†I just said no and it turned out the ice cream wasn’t the best ice cream anyway so I really didn’t miss out at all.

Here are my best suggestions for when you’re traveling –

  1. Stay somewhere with a kitchen if you can. ¬†This is huge for being able to make your own food! ¬†If you can’t¬†stay somewhere with a kitchen and you’re driving, try bringing a crock pot and some pre-prepped freezer meals. ¬†I like to freeze in ziploc bags and then I can just plop it into the crock pot and go. ¬†Eating in saved us a lot of money and helped us stay on track.
  2. Bring your own food, especially snacks. ¬†Some Jack’s Paleo Kitchen Trail¬†Mix Bites would make great on the go snacks or even breakfast, and they are easy to pack! ¬†I also like to bring¬†nuts to help take the place of chips.¬†Trail Mix Bites Picture
  3. If you’re going to eat out, opt for meats and veggies. ¬†This can mean a burger without a bun on some lettuce or chicken and veggies or a nice big salad, etc. ¬†I prefer to get a chicken burger because it feels better to me to eat a chicken burger bunless. ¬†I still get fries with my burgers sometimes, just ask if they are gluten free. ¬†I know the fry oil isn’t optimal, but as long as it’s not a regular thing I personally think it’s okay, and I know it helps me stay on track because I don’t feel¬†deprived. ¬†I’m not consuming seed oils in my regular day to day life so it’s on my list of okay things to do occasionally.
  4. Stay active! ¬†We walked, skied, and¬†went snow shoeing while we were there. ¬†We¬†had fun and didn’t sit around snacking all day because we were too busy playing.

Between eating in for the most part and staying active, I’m happy to report that I didn’t ruin the last 5 months of work in 5 days. ¬†We work so hard to make progress, it’s really unfair to ourselves to let it all fall away for a vacation and then have to start over again! ¬†The trick is balance – I had some drinks and thoroughly enjoyed a splurge of a few potato chips and some french fries and balanced it out by lots of activity and¬†having the bulk of my meals healthy with lots of veggies.

I know St. Patrick’s Day is the next potential holiday challenge but I’m not going to post about it – We’re going to keep it simple and just have corned beef and cabbage with potatoes. ¬†We’ll skip the green beer or Guinness, which is easy for me since I¬†don’t like beer in the first place ūüôā

So next up – What would a year of Paleo challenges be without the ultimate Paleo challenge – a Whole30? ¬†Even though my diet is pretty darn clean right now, I’m heading into a Whole30 to try and resolve some digestive issues I’m still having. ¬†We’re planning to start March 19th after we get back from a short business trip. ¬†I think the toughest¬†part will be no cookie sampling for 30 days!