Well, it’s not always easy deciding what to eat while you are on a trip, holiday or vacation. The first instinct is to throw caution to the wind and eat everything in sight. When in Mexico, eat Mexican, when in Rome, eat Pizza, when in France…well hello? Bread, cheese and pastries. But what if you indulge slightly and then have a few days of eating well so you can fit into the wonderful cute clothes you purchased for your travels?
I’m in Mexico surrounded by temptation because one of my favorite things to eat EVER is refried beans. I know, it’s weird, but I really love them. Something comforting and familiar about them, makes me go a little overboard. But feeling good is my biggest addiction, so I focused on what I was going to eat today.
I’m on a beach, glorious waters, beautiful sunsets, frolicking and playing in the surf which builds an appetite. I think- what can I do to maintain this playful energy and still enjoy the taste of Mexico. Everything on the menu has beans, meat, cheese, sauce, tortillas, and tequila. So, I go to the kitchen and asks the staff if they will oblige me for the day. The waiter offers me a smoothie, I see a Vitamix… aha, I think….lets have some fun.
Upon waking: Fresh Coconut from the Tree on the property ( I asked the staff to cut it down, no problem…and by the way it was FREE)
After Yoga: mango, banana and Spinach Smoothie (They make smoothies here with boxed fruit juice and yogurt, I asked them to make it with just fresh fruit and add the greens)
After paddling in the ocean: Freshly blended cucumber, pineapple and cactus over ice. (I didn’t even come up with this, the staff was drinking it, and I wanted in…it was FREE too)
Sitting by the pool, TRUE hunger strikes: a mixed salad of any fresh vegetable ( the kitchen has tossed in lemon juice and olive oil…and a BIG FAT scoop of Guacamole -my idea…On the menu they have a wedged salad with Blue Cheese and a Caesar with creamy dressing. So, I asked them to just keep it simple and light.)
A dip in the pool: I pull a banana from the tree, (no kidding, they are every where , and by the way, it was FREE too)
To keep hydrated : Fresh Lime Juice and Water ( The limes here are so ridiculously sweet that they fill the glass with half lime juice and the other half water, this is very alkalizing, I’ve had this three times today. And, they only charge me for the bottled water)
After a walk on the beach and just because it sounded good: Melon juice -Fresh Melon blended with ice (Another Staff drink, sitting in a big bucket in the kitchen to keep the staff hydrated. They ladle me a big serving of this amazing liquid- for FREE)
For some reason I was really hungry at dinner: Guacamole tostada (This was actually on the Menu, and I felt that after a day of mostly FREE liquid, I should order a meal. I thought it was going to arrive with refried beans, but it really was a Corn Tortilla smothered in guacamole, layered with lettuce tomato and red onion. There was some Cotija cheese crumbled on top, but I just brushed that aside.
My girls wanted dessert: Banana Splits, Cinnamon battered banana’s, and ice cream ( I know what your thinking, but it wasn’t that hard at all. The bananas were really good, so I joined them and had a couple bites of the bananas while they indulged in the decadence… Sometimes it’s just fun to watch others enjoy their moment)
I guess what I’m trying to say is that, we all get caught up in the moment. And we certainly let our guards down when we are on vacation…I mean isn’t that what “vacating” is all about? But, do we really have to let ourselves go all the way into a food spiral that leaves us feeling the post holiday bloat?
Don’t be afraid to ask your waiters to make you something special. I have done this before and have been known to create signature dishes on my travels. By the end of this trip, everyone in this boutique hotel will be having green smoothies for lunch.
Most people want to eat healthy, they just don’t know how.
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Also, in The Naked Zone is a 3-day Post holiday detox.
In health and Love