Traveling is all about trying new things, especially the cuisine. I generally eat pretty healthy at home, but when I’m abroad I don’t think twice about indulging in the local fare regardless of the calorie count. Worrying about what you’re eating while on vacation is just no fun! During a recent girls’ trip to an all-inclusive in Puerto Vallarta, our days were filled with buffet breakfasts, 3 course dinners, unlimited cocktails and late night room service.
While I definitely enjoyed the decadent dining, I returned feeling less than my best. Vacations are supposed to be an opportunity to relax and splurge, but too much of a good thing can leave you feeling in need of some serious cleansing once you get back to reality. To jump start that process and get back on track, I like to implement a post-travel detox when I return. Try implementing this quick and easy routine the first 5-7 days after a particularly indulgent trip, and you’ll be back to feeling like yourself in no time!
BREAKFAST: STEEL CUT OATS
It’s important to start the day off right, for me that’s with a bowl of oatmeal topped with a drizzle of honey and fresh berries. This is a healthy and filling alternative to heavy or sugary options.
LUNCH: EAT GREEN
Fresh salads, green veggies and dark greens such as spinach and kale help me hit the re-set button after an indulgent getaway. A simple kale salad dressed with lemon juice, olive oil, fresh garlic and a dash of salt and pepper is my go-to detox food. If the salad alone doesn’t cut it, have a Greek yogurt and some fruit (dark berries are best!)
DINNER: EAT CLEAN
In the evenings, I focus on eating clean by avoiding fried foods, rich and heavy foods, alcohol and sweets (which isn’t easy because I love me some sweets!). A balanced meal of chicken or fish accompanied by steamed veggies and some quinoa will help you hit the reset button after overeating while away.
Staying hydrated is a must for post-travel detox, particularly if you’ve consumed a few too many cocktails while traveling. I prefer good old H2O with lemon, lime or cucumber slices. But If you need a bit more flavor, there are plenty of alternatives- Vitamin Water, LaCroix or hot tea with lemon and honey are all great options to help keep you hydrated and flush those toxins away.
Whether you prefer a solo workout at the gym, a hot yoga class or just a few quick reps in the comfort of your living room, exercise is a must when trying to detox after an indulgent vacation.
While returning from a trip means catching up on work that was neglected while you were gone, it’s important to find some time to enjoy the outdoors before diving back into the daily grind. Taking a quick walk or bike ride is a great way to detox and can actually help make you even more productive.
Do you have a post-travel detox routine? Share your comments below!
Disclaimer: The preceding does not constitute medical advice. Any questions regarding diet and health should be directed to a physician or nutrition specialist.