A Trick to Eating Healthy While on Vacation

vacationThree weeks after I announced my new diet plan to my husband, our family embarked on a vacation to Eugene. I was excited to finally go on a trip, yet I had a nagging feeling in the back of my mind. Would I be able to maintain a healthy diet while on vacation? Would I be stuck eating greasy food during the entire vacation and end up coming home heavier than when I left?

During the week leading up to the vacation, I was on my best eating behavior. I was preparing meals full of fresh and healthy ingredients for me and my family.

Spending time with my husband and three boys during our vacation to Eugene is a memory I will treasure forever! Both my husband and I have challenging jobs. The average work week for us is usually quite grueling. In addition, my boys are involved in a number of sports and extra-curricular activities. This means that any time we can have together as a family is considered precious. In particular, the ability to sit down and enjoy a meal together as a family is considered a very special occasion. I knew that during our week-long vacation we would be able to enjoy every meal as a family. As happy as this made me feel, it also created a bit of anxiety in my mind. I knew that the odds were that most of those meals would be unhealthy. Eating out at restaurants for a full week during vacation meant that we would be at the mercy of take-out menus and fast food drive-thru windows for every piece of food that went into our mouths. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to enjoy any of the bonding time because I would be worried about calories. I feared that all the progress I had made in healthy eating in the weeks leading up to our vacation would be destroyed.

I spoke with my neighbor a few days before leaving for Eugene. Tricia is the type of woman who has the figure of a twenty year old; even though I have never seen her restrict herself or go on a diet. I told her about my diet and mentioned my concern about losing control of my eating habits during my vacation. It turns out Tricia had a little trick for eating healthy while on vacation. She told me not to worry so much about calories or portions. She suggested I focus on natural ingredients rather than restricting myself from enjoying food. One of Tricia’s favorite options for dining out while on vacation is to frequent Mexican restaurants. According to Tricia, Mexican menus often feature natural ingredients like tomatoes, avocado, and beans. All of these things are high in fiber and low in calories.

Before leaving for my trip, I did some research on the internet to find a popular Mexican restaurant Eugene residents recommended. My family and I visited the restaurant several times during our stay in Eugene and enjoyed a delicious meal every time. It was fabulous to be able to enjoy eating meals with my family without guilt and anxiety looming over my head.

Top 5 Weighing Scales

If you want to lose weight, it would be worth your money to invest in a high-quality scale. Commit to weighing yourself at least once a week, and record your weight in a weight loss journal. Historically, the “scales” (specifically, a two pan, beam balance) have served as a traditional symbol of justice. This idea corresponds to the metaphor of matters being “held in the balance”. When you weigh yourself in the morning, think about it as a time to “get yourself in balance” instead of a time to feel bad about yourself or your progress. Remember, weight loss is a gradual process!

So which weighing scale should you purchase? In comparison tests, digital bathroom scales almost always outperform analog scales and are a better choice for home use. With that said, here are our top five recommendations:

1. Eatsmart Precision Plus Digital Bathroom Scale

  • Price Range: $36.99 – $64.95
  • Pros: extra foot space; tap-on scale activator; high precision
  • Cons: occasional inaccurate reading (if so, Eatsmart will replace it)
  • Dimensions: 12″ x 15.5″
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2. Weight-Watchers WW67T Body Analysis Scale

  • Price Range: $44.99 – $54.99
  • Pros: digital display; tap-on scale activator; high precision
  • Cons: body fat measurement is not very accurate
  • Dimensions: 15″ x 16″
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3. Taylor Electronic Glass/Chrome Scale 7506

  • Price Range: $28.99 – $36.99
  • Pros: digital display; tap-on scale activator; accurate weight readings
  • Cons: no backlighting on display
  • Dimensions: 11.75” x 13.0”
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4. Biggest Loser Lithium Electronic Weight Management Scale

  • Price Range: $29.99 – $36.99
  • Pros: extra foot room; goal weight & current weight comparison; accurate readings
  • Cons: not as accurate for higher weight ranges
  • Dimensions: 15″ x 15″
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5. Omron Body Fat Monitor & Scale

  • Price Range: $39.99 – $59.99
  • Pros: BMI classification; accurate weight measurement; supports four profiles
  • Cons: no athlete setting
  • Dimensions: 12.2″ x 11.8″
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Code Nutrition – Custom Vitamins to Match Your DNA

Code Nutrition

Code Nutrition

A few weeks ago I was joking about fat genes.  Today, I thought I’d revisit the discussion and look at the link between DNA and health/nutrition by highlighting a Utah-based company I came across: Code Nutrition.

The cool thing about Code Nutrition is that they design vitamins that are unique to you, based on your one-of-a-kind genetic code.  Pretty slick if you ask me (but not cheap!).

They’ve got a three step process:

1.  DNA Test: Simple at-home DNA test takes just minutes to complete.
2. Return Test: Place completed test in the prepaid envelope and drop in the mail.
3. You’re Coded! Your printed DNA analysis and first 30-day supply of custom nutrients will arrive in 3-4 weeks.

So, why is this cool?  Well, my brother-in-law who’s a Biochemistry PhD student would be better equipped to tell you, but from what I can glean…

DNA controls the proteins in your body that deal with absorption of important vitamins and minerals.  So, your personal DNA might not allow you to process certain vitamins as well and might make you more prone to a particular deficiency.  The Code Nutrition vitamins try to compliment your particular needs, deficiencies, etc. to get the most health benefit possible, instead of the standard multi-vitamin that’s just a generic blast of a bunch of stuff.

If you’re as intrigued by this as me, you can learn more about how Code Nutrition works on their website, and if you happen to be less economically challenged then I am at the moment (a.k.a. broke), you can order up some of these bad boys to see how they boost your energy and health.

Combat Abs review – it’s the only thing keeping the waist size shrinking

The bright spot in my first few weeks of training is that my waist has continued to shrink by half an inch a week.  I give the credit to Combat Abs by Matt Furey.

Combat Abs is a training program that consists of 50 exercises that are done primarily with body weight only.  The core of the program centers around the “Magnificent Seven” – a handful of ab firming movements that involve deep breathing, tightening, squeezing – basically isometric exercises and stretches.  The Mag 7 alone is enough to keep me busy for the moment and takes me about 10 minutes to run through.  What I like is that the exercises are simple and can be done without any equipment.