Low Carb While on Vacation? Beach Please.

Few things inspire me to take a nosedive into poor eating habits faster than going on vacation. Eating has always been an extremely social event in our home, and I adore going to familiar favorite restaurants at the places we enjoy visiting. The good news / bad news is that this was more of a mini-holiday, and I only spent three of the five days living up my carb-packed feeding frenzy.

In the past, my departure from the ketogenic menu has been swift and unforgiving. I would misstep once and would instantly find myself back at square one. My old eating patterns would resume, and I would be disappointed once more but unsurprised.

The interesting part about this keto hiatus was that it was more eye-opening than derailing. Within a few hours of my chowing on chips and some fried naughtiness, my digestive system decided to prove how unhappy it felt about that action. I won’t be elaborating any further on that. My head started to hurt, my muscles and joints ached, I felt exhausted, and I had nightmares when I slept.

Maybe my symptoms were due to the heat or perhaps they were a direct response to the way that family holidays have a tendency to be significantly NOT relaxing. But I honestly don’t believe that. I just didn’t feel good eating the old foods. The flavors tasted good to me but not so good that I was willing to keep feeling sluggish and achy.

So now I’m back to low carb. I’m not gonna lie. I wish that I could have all that other stuff and still feel good. But ultimately, I can’t because I don’t. It just isn’t worth the body drama and trauma anymore. At least I’m back on track again.

22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. juliehcares
    Jun 12, 2018 @ 06:18:45

    You too? I had a cupcake and crackers when I did my son’s birthday party and felt horrible! There really is something about this way of life. Good work getting back on track!


  2. José María López
    Jun 12, 2018 @ 19:05:06

    My sister has a wedding cake design business and shares her designs almost everyday. I think I am going start sharing the pictures with you just to keep strengthening your will power.


  3. I tripped over a stone.
    Jun 12, 2018 @ 22:47:44

    I hear you!!! I revert to bad eating habits every once in awhile, not a good idea. If you do it on your vacations… you get sick. NOT FAIR! I once read, in an Atkins Diet Book, if you’re going to cheat do it all in 15 minutes and get back on track! I have had a few bakery feeding frenzies! But never more than once in awhile. Hmmm… sound like this wouldn’t work for you. It doesn’t really even work for me! HA!


  4. larva225
    Jun 14, 2018 @ 09:28:51

    I’m trying to do no/low carb as well, and have noticed the same thing when I carb out. But man, I miss the textures of bread and crispy crackers!.


  5. overthehillontheyellowbrickroad
    Jun 15, 2018 @ 07:36:02

    I’m with you! I miss certain foods too…but it’s not worth going back there. I still eat too much “good food,” but I’ve cut way back on foods loaded with sugar. It’s not worth the roller coaster ride in my body I feel an hour later.


    • Jo Price
      Jun 19, 2018 @ 07:16:06

      I was telling a friend the same thing yesterday. My focus has definitely shifted into staying away from sugary items. Those seem to be the real body butt kickers!


  6. thebrightside247
    Jun 23, 2018 @ 00:57:14

    Body drama is right…I just started, and I haven’t felt this good in years! And I don’t want to go back to the aches and pains or the brain fog! great read!


    • Jo Price
      Jun 25, 2018 @ 12:15:17

      Thank you lovebug! It’s funny how our bodies retaliate when we stumble a bit, but that’s a good thing, too. Have you had pretty good luck sticking with it so far? 😊


      • thebrightside247
        Jun 25, 2018 @ 12:24:38

        Sticking to the plan has been pretty easy, so so far so good…but I do worry about when I have to return to school. Even though I love my job, it can be super stressful. And I eat when stressed. I need to plan ahead and keep healthy snack available. The other thing is I work long hours…so . the cooking thing will be a challenge too. I started my blog to hold me accountable…I hope it works!

      • Jo Price
        Jun 25, 2018 @ 14:02:01

        Yes I do the same. I have to make sure that I don’t let myself get to “I’m stressed and famished!” mode. When that happens, I’m so hosed!

      • thebrightside247
        Jun 25, 2018 @ 14:47:38

        me too!

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