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When you go on vacation there’s a tendency to indulge. You are taking a little break from your normal life and routine plus there are a lot of new things to try. That might mean more alcohol intake than usual or more dessert or less activity or a combination. When you’re an intuitive eater that’s completely okay and expected. You are following your body’s intuition and allowing yourself to have what it craves. So long as you’re not eating to the point of feeling sick or completely forgetting that nutrition still plays a role in your health, those extra indulgences are welcomed.
So when I’ve travelled for vacation before I’ve really never given Intuitive Eating too much thought. I eat differently from home, enjoy myself but come home excited to get back to my routine and a whole lot more vegetables. But right now, I’m not just on vacation. I’m travelling for a whole year and I’ve noticed some obstacles to Intuitive Eating that I’ve never faced before.
Being Restricted by a Budget
I realize that I am incredibly fortunate that I don’t have to think too much about a food budget at home. I make a meal plan based on what I feel like eating and pick up the necessary ingredients without having to think about a specific budget. Sure I look for the on sale brands and if I notice that I planned to buy asparagus and the price is ridiculously high, I change my plan. But generally, I don’t think too much about the cost of food.
While travelling that has completely changed. We have a daily budget that we try to stick to. We record every single penny we spend and so I am very aware of the budget that I have for each meal. So instead of looking at a menu based on what I feel like having, I find myself viewing it based on price and choosing the cheapest option. However, when I start really craving something, like a huge salad, I let the budget slide and indulge myself. My health and satisfaction is worth going over budget on occasion for.
Heat and Appetite
I remember my brother-in-law every summer saying it’s too hot to eat and often skipping a meal. My sister and I would look at him like he had two heads. But finally, I understand what he meant. I’ve always been very in tune with my hunger cues but when I’m in the heat of Southeast Asia I don’t feel my hunger cues at all. My appetite completely diminishes but then when I finally cool myself down I’m ravenous and want to eat everything in sight.
I really struggled with this during the beginning of my trip but I’ve since learned that in the heat I cannot trust my hunger signals and instead need to rely on the clock. When it’s lunchtime, I force myself to get food and by the time I’m sitting under a fan waiting for my food I start to feel my hunger cues. This way I eat an appropriate amount instead of feeling over hungry and making poor food decisions or eating at warp speed and over eating.
Alcohol and Ice Cream
When it’s hot, I want two things – alcohol and ice cream. With intuitive eating, we are supposed to allow ourselves to have what our body is craving. But I also know that if I have alcohol and ice cream every single day I’m not doing the best for my body and I won’t feel as good.
Overall I definitely am having more alcohol and ice cream than I would normally at home but each time I feel the craving I take a pause and consider when was the last time I had alcohol and ice cream. The foods are not off limits but I consider if I really need it today. Sometimes I’m just craving something refreshing and a fruit smoothie or soda water might cure the craving just as well as beer or ice cream. And sometimes it doesn’t and I have the beer and ice cream. The foods are still not off limits but I do need to listen to what my intuition is really wanting and remind myself with gentle nutrition that I need to factor in my overall health to any decisions that I make.
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