Hi everyone! Hope you all had a great week so far! Just one more day to go and then it’s the weekend! 🙂 I’ve had many great feedback since I started the “My Fitness Story” posts and please keep the feedback coming! If I haven’t addressed all your questions, I promise that I will get to it eventually. Since I’ve been back home from my holiday, I’ve received a few emails asking me about my diet when I’m on holiday, like what I eat and whether I cheat since I’m overseas and naturally I would want to try all the deliciousness out there.
The short and easy answer is, yes! I cheat and I eat whatever I want on holiday BUT you also have to bear in mind that my holidays aren’t food orientated, I eat the normal 3 meals a day and sometimes even 2. When I’m on holiday, I eat when I’m hungry and I snack only when I feel like snacking. In all honesty, I’m so busy exploring, shopping or being a beach bum that I don’t get hungry. If you’ve been following me for a while, you probably know that my all time favourite meal of the day is breakfast (surprise surprise) and that’s the one meal I don’t skip when I’m on holiday and I make sure I eat a good, wholesome and hearty meal for breakfast before I start my day. The best are those hotel breakfast buffets – I tend to pig out a little because I like to try a bit of everything. After a massive breakfast, my next meal is normally between lunch and dinner, then I’ll have a proper meal again. If I’m feeling peckish, I’ll snack in between when I’m on the go.
Do I feel bad about my diet when I’m on holiday? Not really because my holidays generally consist of a LOT of walking, abnormal amounts of walking for us who live in SA and drive everywhere. Public transport is super efficient and convenient especially in Hong Kong, so naturally walking would be part of everyday life. On average, I would say we walked about 7km a day when we’re in Hong Kong, obviously some days are more and some days are less. Walking then combined with the summer humidity there, say goodbye to any form of appetite for a big meal. 🙂
Of course, you cannot go traveling and not be tempted by local delicacies (that’s the best part about traveling to new places) so here are some things I had while I was on holiday, which isn’t even a proper glimpse of the amount of deliciousness I had while I was away. The one thing I love about going to Asia is the food, sure I love a good pizza and a burger with fries every now and again but if I could choose, I’ll choose to eat Asian food for the rest of my life. There’s never a dull moment!
Sorry about the quality of the photos, these were taken with my phone camera, it was awful having to lug our DSLR around in the heat!
After all this, I guess the point I’m trying to make is that I don’t go crazy with the carb-loading when I’m on holiday but at the same time, I don’t restrict myself in what I can eat because I think it’s very important to try new things especially when you’re traveling to a foreign country. When it comes to drinking, yes I do drink alcohol and no I don’t get drunk on a daily basis when I’m on holiday because I don’t go on holiday to drink when we have perfectly good quality alcohol at reasonable prices here at home. I do enjoy a few cocktails by the poolside or on the beach though. I think of my holidays as a reward for all the times that I’ve been clean with my eating and my working out when I’m here in SA, you should too. 🙂
Hope this answered some questions!