10 Tips For Sticking to Your Diet While on Vacation

10 tips for sticking to your diet while on vacation

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We decided about about 2 weeks ago that we wanted to go on a vacation soon. We love planning spur of the moment vacations and this time is no exception. We are leaving this Sunday for San Diego for 5 days and I can’t wait!  I absolutely LOVE to travel!

However, sometimes it’s tricky to stay on track while traveling.  You don’t have your own kitchen and food and you’re forced to eat out almost every meal.  There are several options you can follow while traveling, you just need to figure out what will work best for you!

  • You can track your macros perfectly (or at least the best you can)
  • Loosely track but be ok with the fact that you may go over a little bit
  • Be mindful of what you’re eating and make good choices but don’t track at all
  • Have a free for all and eat whatever you want.

There is no wrong way however, if you follow the free for all, you might have a harder time getting back on track after the vacation is over and the possibility of gaining weight is pretty high. I am going with the third option of being mindful and making good choices but not really tracking what I eat.  I will still try to get in a lot of protein and drink lots of water.  I want to enjoy my vacation since they don’t come around often enough, but I also don’t want to feel like complete crap the entire time.

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How to Keep Flexible Dieting Flexible

Keep Flexible Dieting Flexible

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I firmly believe if a diet isn’t sustainable you won’t stick to it.  How long can you really go with no carbs or no sugar?  I know I didn’t last long on either of those.  A week….Maybe??  Then I felt so miserable, I gave in and ate everything in my house.

If you are too uptight about your diet, you won’t be able to stick with it no matter how good of a diet it is and believe it or not, that INCLUDES counting macros!  There is a time and place to be super strict on your diet.  For me, I was super duper strict for the first 9-10 months.  I had a cheat meal once a week and I had non-tracking days on holidays only but other than that, I was 100%.  And I needed that at first.  It really worked for me while I was first starting and learning. But now that I know everything I do about flexible dieting and my body, I know I can be a little more lenient.  I am not seeing results as fast, but it’s also more sustainable for me and my lifestyle.  I am still very good at hitting my macros but if we are at a bbq or a business dinner, or something unplanned comes up,  I don’t freak out. I live life in that moment and get right back on track the second that moment is over.  I don’t let myself stay off track for long and that is the key.  You can have times where you don’t count or days where you are feeling extra hungry and want to eat everything, but you better get right back on track the next meal or day.  There is no starting on Monday and binging through the weekend.  That’s when things start to get bad.  Allow yourself a little leniency from time to time and the other times, stick with the diet.  I stay on track the best I can 90% of the time so I can allow myself some room to live the other 10%.

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At Home Ab Workout- No Equipment Needed!

At Home Abs Workout

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Here is one of my current at home ab workouts.  In the interest of time, I usually do my ab workouts at home.  There are a few machines or weighted exercises that I like to do at the gym, but I save the bulk of my ab workout for later. I go to the gym before my kids go to school which leaves me only about an hour of time at the gym before I need to get home to get them off to school.   Most days, by the time I do all of my other workouts, I am out of time.  After I get them off to school, I will get in some abs at home usually 1-2x per week, but I would like to increase that to 3x per week.

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Why you shouldn’t eat back the calories you burn from exercising.

Why you shouldn't eat back the calories you burn from exercising

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Should you eat back the calories that you burn from exercising?  This is a common question and something that is often misunderstood.  People often think “I am eating in a calorie deficit (eating less than your body burns) and then I am exercising on top of that. Shouldn’t I eat back the calories I burn?”

When I first started counting macros I wondered the same thing. However, what most people don’t understand is that your exercise calories are already calculated into your macros. So if you are eating your exercise calories back, you are effectively eating at maintenance or even a calorie surplus and will most likely not see any weight/fat loss, if not even some weight/fat gain!

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What is Macro Tracking?

What is Macro Tracking and Why you Should be Doing It

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You’re probably wondering what the heck macro tracking is and why you keep hearing about it everywhere right? You may have also heard the terms iifym or flexible dieting as well.  They all refer to the same lifestyle and way of eating. IIFYM stands for “if it fits your macros”. The concept of iifym is that you can eat anything you want as long as “it fits your macros.” (Yep, even donuts!)

Basically iifym or tracking macros is a way of counting calories by eating a certain amount of protein, carbs and fat.

“Macros” is short for macronutrients.

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Macro Friendly Food Review- Halo Top vs. Dreyers Slow Churned

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There are a lot flexible dieters out there that swear by Halo Top Ice Cream.  Let me back up…. there are a lot of flexible dieters out there that swear by Arctic Zero Ice Cream but I have had that and it in no way tastes like ice cream but is more comparable to air.  It is expensive and I wouldn’t recommend it.  So for this post I am just comparing to Halo Top.  And don’t get me wrong, Halo Top is good!  It has the taste and consistency of normal ice cream with great macros but being a frugal person, I can’t always justify the cost.  So I went on the hunt to find an ice cream with comparable macros but for a better price.  Little did I know, I was already buying that very ice cream.  I have been buying Dreyers Slow Churned for a long time and it’s actually my ice cream of choice because MACROS!  So I decided to put the two to the test.

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50 High Fiber Foods

high fiber food ideas

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If I am being completely honest, fiber is the hardest macro for me to hit.  Women need around 25 grams of fiber a day and men should have around 35-40 grams a day.  For some reason that is just tough for me!  For one reason, I am allergic to a lot of fruit so I can’t use that to help me.  However, I recently I found out that Quest Bars have around 15g of fiber per bar so I have been eating one of those every day and am able to hit my fiber.  So if you’re anything like me, you need a little help in this area!

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25 High Fat Food Ideas

high fat food ideas

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Fats are probably the most fun to eat…well at least when they’re combined with carbs!  Give me all the cookies, brownies, cakes and donuts! Dessert is my major weakness so for me, I have to make sure I save enough of my fat and carb macros so I can have a dessert at the end of the day.  So that usually means I eat fairly low fat throughout the day.

Fat is a very calorie dense macro.  It has 9 calories for every one gram of fat as opposed to protein and carbs which have 4 calories per gram.  So you really want to keep your fats in check.  Fat is very important and necessary so make sure you are getting the right amount, just be cautious because it’s very easy to go over.

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50 High Protein Food Ideas

high protein food ideas

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For the majority of people, protein is the hardest macro to get enough of.  People generally fill up their meals with lots of carbs and fats but fall short when it comes to protein.  I know, I know… the thought of eating 100+ grams of protein a day seems impossible. But if you find foods that you like and know where to supplement those foods in, instead of reaching for a handful of pretzels or peanuts, you’ll be hitting your protein in no time! All of my meals and most of my snacks include protein, so find some things you like, and work them in at every meal and some of your snacks.  You’ll get the hang of it. I promise!  In fact, I don’t even have to try to hit my protein anymore.  It is second nature to me now.

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My Macro Story

Before and After Picture

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Hi!  I am so happy you stopped by!  My name is Amanda Abel and I am a mom of 2 beautiful girls and wife to 1 amazing husband!  I have always been “into” health and fitness and have tried every diet under the sun and NOTHING. EVER. WORKED!  I tried the no sugar diet.  That lasted a week and I felt awful! I tried the low carb diet.  That lasted about 2 weeks until I binged on gummy bears and decided I couldn’t live like that.  I tried the clean eating diet.  That lasted a little longer but I never saw results. Mainly because I was super diligent Monday-Thursday, then Friday, Saturday and Sunday I would have a free for all, eating whatever I wanted and undoing all of my progress from the week if not more.  I was always taking one step forward and 2 steps back. I trained for and ran 6 half marathons and one Ragnar, eating whatever I wanted and thought that amount of exercise alone would be enough.  I actually gained weight!

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