Whenever I find out that I’m going on a tropical getaway, I usually come up with some elaborate plan as to how I’m finally *finally* going to get a 6-pack. I head to my favorite grocery store, find my favorite beer, pick up a 6-pack and head to the check-out lane. Kiiiiidddddddinnngggg! My real plan for a real 6-pack usually involves lots of smoothies, an intense routine of daily hour-long ab workouts, military-style runs around the neighborhood, and basically swearing off food until said trip. If you know me, I’m sure you’re laughing by now because we both know me swearing off food is the biggest joke ever. I mean have you seen my blog??! Two days ago I posted a dip compromised of cheese, beer & bacon. Yesterday, I was in the kitchen up to my eyeballs in cupcakes, chocolate, caramel, cookies, cream, and butter. “Diet” is not exactly a word that is in my vocabulary. Instead, I subscribe to the philosophy “everything in moderation” (and by moderation I clearly mean moderately testing all foods to make sure they are ok!). When it comes to preparing for a beach vacation, I’ve learned to adopt the same philosophy. Starving yourself and stuffing green juices down your throat isn’t going to give you an instant 6-pack, but incorporating a few of the below healthy tips into your vacation prep will help you put your best foot forward once you hit the beach.
1. Drink detox water // When I’m gearing up for the beach, I usually start making at least half my daily water intake some kind of detox water. At the minimum, you’ll want to make sure you’re having at least one glass of detoxifying water a day.
2. Avoid foods that cause bloating // Broccoli, brussel sprouts, onions, beans, lentils, peas, asparagus, cabbage, sugarless gum, apples, frozen dinners, processed foods, carbonated beverages, and some dairy products can all cause your stomach to expand. To insure a flat stomach try incorporating some of these items into your diet: lemons (hello lemon detox water), avocados, kale & spinach (both can be added to smoothies), eggs, nut butters, bananas, salmon, and non-fat Greek yogurt (also good for those probiotics).
3. Replace a snack with a smoothie // I’m all for snacking but I’ve found that one of the easiest ways for me to cut a few extra calories prior to a trip is to replace a snack with a smoothie. Plus, it’s a great way for me to pack lots of nutrients into one small beverage. Here are some of my favorite smoothie combinations. I also love this orangeberry smoothie.
4. Incorporate dietary supplements // Part of my daily vitamin routine is to take a probiotic and digestive enzyme with every meal. To see effective results this is something that you need to incorporate into your daily routine well before your vacation. However, there are some other effective ways to get probiotics in your system in only a couple weeks time. My favorite way is with yogurt, but I also really like drinking probiotic beverages. We discovered GoodBelly juice by accident, but now we love drinking it. We even add it to seltzer water for a “soda”. My favorite flavor is the Pomegranate Blackberry.
5. Cut portions in half // This is a habit I try to do on the daily, but it’s one I especially make sure to stick to leading up to a trip. It’s hard to completely resist the urge to have a cupcake or a slice of pizza, so cutting the serving in half ensures I won’t feel guilty now and I won’t binge later.
6. Use a body scrub // I always make sure to use a good body scrub prior to leaving on a beach vacation. My favorite is this homemade pumpkin scrub (perfect for this time of year) because the coffee helps with cellulite, the pumpkin is full of enzymes, and the coconut oil is moisturizing.
How do you prepare for a beach vacation?