EATING HEALTHY WHILE TRAVELLING
Last November we took the kids down with us to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. I remember back in the day when I would go on vacation I would always return home 10-15 lbs heavier. My motto was 'hey, I'm on vacation so it's all good - let's party!'. I'm actually of the same motto now, but choose to live it up and take part in life's luxuries by making smarter choices.
We stayed at the Now Amber, which is an all-inclusive resort. They offered high-end restaurants, buffets, and a little beach café. When you're active in the sun all day with vacation activities, it's totally normal to have a greater appetite than you normally would at home. I personally chose to fill up on salads, fruit, rice, beans, veggies and smoothies.
Because I kept active with my kids swimming and walking, and because the majority of the time I filled up on healthier foods, my waistline didn't budge as I enjoyed fine wine, dessert, and the occasional cocktail. I felt great the entire time - never too full, never left feeling hungry, and with absolutely zero regrets.
It's all about balance, right? Give your body the nourishment it needs 95% of the time, and you'll be in a position to indulge in your favourite 'non-healthy' foods without feeling guilty, gross, or ashamed. There are so many options out there for vegans and vegetarians when you travel. Do your homework before settling on a destination and don't be afraid to speak up and ask questions or make specific requests.
To cut down our flight time, we flew out of Portland, Oregon (our kids do much better in a car than on a plane). I had heard so many wonderful things about how vegan-friendly Portland is so I was very excited to visit and will definitely return. While we were there, my husband and I visited Harlow, a funky vegan restaurant with some of the most delicious food I've ever had. I ordered a Betty Bowl (pictured above) with lemon ginger dressing and my husband enjoyed the MF BBQ Tempeh Veggie Burger (his first ever encounter with tempeh).
Maintaining a healthy, plant-based diet while travelling shouldn't be hard in this day and age with so many options out there. Do your research, make smarter choices, and live it up on your next vacation!