Tomorrow my Number One (aka my 18 year old son, Christopher) and I are going on HOLIDAY! I am so excited. Every year we have one week away together just the two of us hiking in the UK. This year we are going to be hiking around the glorious Devon coastline. This truly is my favourite week of the year and I am struggling to calm down!
As a Nutrition and Weight Loss Coach I know that food planning for every journey is key to avoiding the pre-packed, sugar drenched, high salt, low fibre, taste free, out of desperation and very expensive motorway fare.
So, as I pack the car I always make sure we have the following with us;
- Bottles of water
- Sandwich bags of mixed nuts & seeds
- A homemade salad or sandwich – depending on the expected length of the journey
- Sugar free gum
This little bit of pre-planning takes 5 minutes, usually the night before but is invaluable. It is one of the biggest potential weight loss disaster to leave the house unprepared!
Even if I go out for the day, I always have a little healthy, filling something in my bag and I never leave home without a small bottle of water. I want to feel my best when I am out and about and the one sure fire way of not feeling that way is to find myself with low energy levels and a rumbling tummy and then searching for something/anything that will keep me going without making me feel worse. I don’t want to have to grab a bar of chocolate for instant energy and then have a horrible sugar slump, I would rather have a small bag of nuts and seeds which will keep my satisfied and alert for hours. I don’t want to pay £2 for a bottle of water when I am over thirsty or have to grab a can of drink. I want to have my own little bottle with me ready so I don’t get to that point.
Saying all the above, I often have a coffee when out, just the one, as I also enjoy the social aspect of being out and about and I love to people watch, but it is a treat not a necessity. So be prepared, enjoy the journey as well as the destination. Happy Holiday To Us!