Happy Thursday! It’s been a bit longer than I had planned on being away from posting, but we were on vacation. Our internet was so spotty, I couldn’t get anything to load. It was the perfect time to put down the computer and just enjoy being with my family.
We headed out two weeks ago for an 11 day vacation at the Sunscape Sabor in Cozumel, Mexico. Staying at all inclusive resorts can be both awesome and terrible in many ways. On the bright side, you can pay for your trip up front and then spend very little during the rest of your vacation besides tips and excursions. This is nice because you can easily budget for your trip without too many surprises.
On the other hand, these resorts can be really hard on your health and wellness because it can be very easy to fall into a trap of eating too much, too often, and consuming a ton of calories in alcoholic drinks. Meanwhile, there are sunny beaches and pools to lounge at and avoid activity.
From my experience, there is an interesting mentality that occurs when people head to a buffet. Even in a cheap hotel where the food is of relatively poor quality, people flock to the buffet and start piling tons of food they typically wouldn’t consume. Did you ever notice that the eggs that sit in those containers are usually some sort of liquid egg substitute that doesn’t always even taste like eggs? Sit back the next time you are in this situation and watch what happens.
Being mindful of what we ate at the buffet was key to a healthy vacation. I’ve been continuing to eat mostly plant based foods and this actually made eating easier on this trip. The quality of food at the resort wasn’t that great but they always had a ton of vegetable options. I was able to make salads each afternoon for lunch and each evening I stuck to mostly veggie based options. With a buffet this is surprisingly easy.
We had a really great time at our resort but we were also very aware of how we approached this vacation. First of all, Rock and I both really enjoy exercise and try to make a point to get some activity in each day and also spend time being active with our family. The first day we were there we went for a 7 mile run together. There is a nice one way road along the resorts that allows you to safely exercise outside. However, we weren’t used to the heat and humidity and struggled pretty badly for the last mile.
Fortunately the Sunscape Sabor had an excellent small gym that had really nice quality cardio machines and a really beautiful yoga studio. I was able to get an 8 mile run in most days during the girls hour long nap time. Getting a daily sweat in really helped keep me feeling energetic, which is important when traveling with an infant and toddler. When you stick to a normal activity routine, your body and mind feel better.
Finally, when it comes to alcoholic drinks, I try to be aware of what I am consuming. While I do enjoy beers, I avoid drinking them too often because they are loaded in carbs that go right to your belly. I also avoid fruity or creamy based drinks because these are basically like consuming multiple alcoholic milkshakes or juices. I personally enjoy wine and this is a lower carb, lower calorie choice.
Other great options if you choose to drink on a vacation are mixed alcoholic drinks with a club soda or diet cola base and a light amount of alcohol. Moderation is always key and it is always important to hydrate plenty throughout the day. Aim to drink a big glass of water when you wake up and then with each meal. Sparkling water is also an excellent and refreshing option to mix things up.
Also keep in mind that sleep is vital to staying healthy. Budget for good sleeping time whether it be a siesta or going to bed at a reasonable hour. Waking up ready for the day not only is important for health and wellness, but also makes your vacation more enjoyable.
How do you like to stay healthy on your vacations?