Thursday, August 25, 2016

River Trip & Heathly Drink/Food Choices

There is no doubt that taking trips call for celebrating friends, indulging in the yummy snacks, making cocktails, and relaxing with good friends. For some reason, when a trip is around the corner (especially a river trip where you will be in a bikini most of the time) our minds start to think,“ I need to diet and start that exercise routine I never started. That being said, I’ve learned how to stick to a few helpful tricks and tips that allow me to have roast my s’mores, drink delicious cocktails, and exercise too during trips. 

Watch Your Portions
The easiest way for me to remember how to control portions is by filling up on more veggies and fruit. You don’t have to say no to bread, chips, or that slice of pizza you’ve been smelling… just make sure the veggies and fruit are the main part of your meal/snacks. That way you will fill up on some healthy, nutritious, and low calorie food before reaching for the indulgent stuff you’ve been eyeing all day. 

Grab A Buddy
When going on a trip that is a time to reunite with friends you haven’t seen in a while due to busy schedules. A great way to catch up with friends you haven’t seen is to make your coffee time an active one. In the morning while everyone is indulging in those yummy donuts or kolaches, grab your coffee, the girls, and go for a walk. Apply that catch-up time with the girls to be active and social at the same time. 

Just Add Water/Soda Water
Cocktails are always a must when going on a trip! So let’s face it it’s nearly impossible to try and avoid that one. However, that doesn’t mean you have to gulp down the extra unwanted calories with your refreshing drink of choice. One of my best tips for slimming down those sugary drink mixers is to add water or soda water. If you are still wanting that special drink you’ve been thinking about, indulge in just one a day. You then can choose the low-cal cocktail for the rest of the time (recipe at the end). This also helps when needing to drink water because it will help you stay away from unnecessary cravings and will also help with hydration- we all know you don’t want that awful hangover the next day. Remember to also chug a huge glass of water before bed-it might help with that hangover the next day. 

Don’t Go Hungry
Hunger without drinking can lead us to crazy things: binging on more than one (maybe two) s’mores, downing an entire pizza instead of sharing. Don’t let your eyes and stomach become vultures, ladies! Remember to eat those healthy snacks at least every 2 hours rather than starving yourself until dinner time. 

Don’t Forget the Sweets
I know you are all waiting for me to tell you to grab that cookie or that melting chocolate s’more. The time has come- GRAB IT! Don’t become that person on the trip that is all about eating healthy, working out, counting calories, etc… remember to treat yourself and to have a good time! It’s a time to indulge. Just treat yourself - because you all know what you have to come back to… REALITY! Don’t let all of that hard work you do all year get ruined by one trip. You don’t want to have to work off to much when you get back. 
Needless to say, I’ve managed many trips with indulgence all around by following these helpful tricks and tips listed above. In addition to having that extra s’more with a little self-control. I still haven’t popped a button off of my skinny jeans when coming back. If you have any more tricks or tips you take with you on trips please share. 

Here’s the recipe I promised I would share: 
My favorite go to drink on trips is
Grapefruit Vodka & Tonic or 
-lime juice 
-tonic water or water
-grapefruit vodka
-crushed ice
1. In a glass fill with crushed ice.
2. Add in lime juice and grapefruit vodka
3. Fill the rest with tonic water or water.
4. Note diet tonic is always better if you are wanting that extra skinny cocktail! 

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