Post-Vacation Healthy Reset

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Post-Vacation Healthy Reset

It’s time for a Post-Vacation Healthy Reset. We just got back from Spring Break, I love getting away and leaving some of the everyday stresses behind.  Not having to cook, pack lunches, clean, or race from one activity to the next for a week was wondrous! However, like we always seem to do with vacation, we created a little more stress for ourselves, in way of getting off track with eating and exercise. Now our family’s diet, and Mommy and Daddy’s workouts are in need of a reset!

Healthy Routines on Vacation are Not Easy

I always go into vacation mode thinking that we will still eat healthy and exercise every day. As soon as we are in the car, that plan pretty much goes out the window. 

There’re the gas station temptations, going out to eat with the crappy kid’s menus (I cannot believe how terrible the options are for kids – seriously french fries as a side with pizza?!? Come on America!). Plus, this time, we were staying with family, and so there were just things out of my control, like a permanent candy dish. My kids are not use to that, so what a treat for them! Then, when we got home it just happens to be Easter and now there is candy at our house too!  What’s a Mom to do?

I will tell you the candy will not be in our house long.  It will slowly, piece by piece, find its way to the trash can. I know, what a terrible thing for me to do, but sugar drives me crazy!  I’m always amazed at how normal it is in today’s society, to let kids eat a ton of sugar, and how it’s in everything.  It’s no wonder our kids are addicted to it! 

I just watched the documentary called “The Sugar Film,” on Amazon Prime, I recommend it if you haven’t seen it yet.  The film studies the effects of sugar on one’s body.  The reality of it is shocking and sad!

Anyway, here’s my plan to get back in line with our family’s health habits:

Step 1: Healthy Grocery Trip

Just a few things that I picked up at Costco to help with the Post-Vacation Healthy Reset

This is a necessity! It’s always helpful to make a list and have a meal plan for the week. Make sure to stock up on tons fruits and veggies.  Any and all! 

A post-vacation reset calls for salads and fruit and veggie smoothies to get back on track! Keep it simple, because after a week without much cooking, that’s an adjustment as well.  I like to make a protein and a veggie, like salmon and a salad.  Skip the grains and pasta this week for dinner, if you’re like us, you probably had plenty of both on vacation.  

I am actually excited about packing my kid’s school lunches, (I’m sure this excitement will wear off soon.) For the post-vacation reset, it’s such an easy way to ensure they get good, healthy, nutritious food, that I know will help them feel amazing.

Step 2: Water, Water, and More Water

No more juice, or artificial sweetener (cringe!) Just good ole water! Not only for the kids, the whole family needs to drink more water.  Mommy and Daddy may have had a few cocktails that threw our bodies into dehydration mode a bit.  I’ve been feeling tired and sluggish since we got back. Now, I’m ready to re-hydrated and feel energized again.   My water bottle will not leave my side, and I’ll make sure the kids are off to school with plenty of water also.

Step 3: Back to Play Time = Screen Time Rule

Although, my kids were pretty active on vacation, with swimming, tennis, and baseball, I still felt like there was a little more screen time for them than I like. During vacation, I tried not to worry about the amount of time they were playing games on the Kindle, but now it’s time to get back to our rule of play time = screen time! Check out my post on how we incorporate play time = screen time.

Step 4: Sleep

Sleep is so important.  Resetting the family sleep routine post-vacation should be a top priority. Kids need to be getting between 9-11 hours of uninterrupted sleep on a regular basis. Parent’s, we also need to ensure we’re taking care of ourselves, so that you have the energy to manage resetting our family’s health post-vacation.

I struggle with sleep often, in fact, it’s 4 am and I’m up writing. I thoroughly enjoyed my week off, but it also made me feel like I was slacking a bit.  This post-vacation reset will have me getting to bed earlier and waking up earlier, I’m striving for a 9:30 bedtime and a 5:30 wake up time.  I love sleeping-in and took advantage of it on vacation, so this is not going to be easy for me.

I had to put my foot down last night, because my son loves sleeping with “Mommy & Daddy,” whenever he can, but especially on vacation. We usually do whatever is easiest when it comes to sleeping, but he had to sleep in his own bed tonight, and was not too happy about it.

It’s good for his little body to go to bed early and get plenty of uninterrupted sleep, in his own bed, (not to mention good for Mommy and Daddy.) We’ll see how he does in the morning with getting up early for school, I’m guessing that it will probably be quite the struggle for him.

Step 5: Back to Working Out

After being on vacation for a week, there’s a little bit of a renewed energy for wanting to workout, and knowing that the warm weather is here to stay helps for sure. I’m heading to the gym in the morning and actually really excited about it. I feel like post-vacation is always a good time to switch up the routine a bit. Put your workout time in your phone calendar and stick to it. Strive for some activity everyday, and eventually it will become habit.

My new plan includes 3 days a of weight lifting/ HIIT at the gym and 2 days of running and stretching at home. If you don’t already lift weights in some capacity, even if it’s only 5 pounds, now is a great time to start. Weight training is not only good for strengthening muscles, it helps prevent osteoporosis, is good for balance and posture, & burns calories – did you know muscle increases you metabolism? I found this article, that explains the benefits of weight training for women and also includes a workout routine.

Grateful, but ready to get back into Routine

I am so very grateful for the family time we shared on vacation. We made some unforgettable memories, but I am very ready to get back into our healthy living routine again. With the help of this post-vacation reset plan, we should be well on our way. It’s going to be a great week, I can tell!

For some low sugar, high protein breakfast ideas, that will help get your family’s health back on track, check out my post:

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