Group Forum: Trying to Maintain when traveling

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carolteach

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Posted: 22 Jan 2012, 19:15
I am visiting my daughter and her family, and eating healthy is a problem here -- I have lost 33 lbs in the past year and just want to stay here -- however, I feel less in control when I am not at home or in my own environment! Anyone have comments that can help?
uni102

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Posted: 02 Mar 2012, 13:20
I travel a lot. You almost always do worse eating out.

My major priciple of dieting and lifestyle is that you eat what is available. I learned this from the Coca-Cola company. They are the smartest marketers on earth. And they expanded to where they are today on the principle that you drink what is available. That's why they put vending machines everywhere.

At home, you can control what's available. That's hard to do on th road. Here are some of the things I try to control what's available:

1) I pack my suitcase with a healthy breakfast--packets of unsweetened oatmeal. Hot water (even if from a hotel coffee maker or microwave) gives you a great start.

2) When I arrive at my destination, I go to a grocery store as soon as possible, and buy apples, bananas, and healthy foods. Then, I tell myself I don't want it to go to waste, so I focus on eating those things first.

3) When visiting family, I tell them in advance that I care about my diet. My experience is that you get one of two reactions--(A) if you are lucky, you get support. My sister goes and buys foods for me before I arrive, and she understands this is something I care about; (B) if you are not so lucky, you get people who feel better about themselves if you break your diet. Good or bad, I call them on this. I am tired of the people who tell me to eat a bad meal or terrible dessert just to "lighten up." I call them on this. I have enough trouble being tempted on my own, and don't need encouragement. I tell them that I will not try to control or influence what they do with their bodies, but I don't want them making decisions about what I eat. "And, no, if you order that dessert, I am not taking a bite to make you feel better. If you want the dessert, order it. Don't order it cuz you will feel good only if I share it." You don't have to be mean, but you can be blunt.

So when visiting family, go buy foods for you to eat at their house. If they love you, how can they object that you want to be healthy????
Decoratingpl...

Joined: Nov 13
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Posted: 08 Sep 2014, 07:25
I would always take my scale! No surprises when ya get home!
Debbie Brown
Kalamazoo, MI
Nutrimost Diet