My family and I just returned from a week-long vacation to Vermont. We stayed in a beautiful house shared by 5 families (my in-laws and their families). It really was breathtaking. Almost every bedroom had a view of the lake.
My family as you know eats pretty well, meaning organic and as healthy as possible. We knew that going on vacation meant that we’d be letting the rules slide a bit so that we could eat with the rest of the family. It was harder than that though. My kids are 6 1/2, almost 5 and 21 months. Their “cousins” were 15, 13 and 10. They had a few things in their diets that we don’t normally touch: Gatorade, Fruit Loops, Tootsie Pops and juice. We do give the kids juice, but usually 1 a day and it’s organic. It was soooo hard to say no to the kids while the other kids were eating these snacks in front of them. It was even harder to explain answers to their “why” questions in front of these other kids and/or their parents. I didn’t want to be rude or stuck up by saying something to the effect of, “we don’t eat that type of food because it isn’t good for our bodies” or “that has too much sugar in it” or ” that has dye in it”. How awful does that sound? It’s like saying they don’t have good parents! Or that their parents feed them food that isn’t good for them. It was interesting to say the least.
I was able to stay away from the Fruit Loops because of the dyes. I just said, “no but you can have….”. They ended up having a few Tootsie Pops with the other kids. I also let my son, who is 4 and 3/4 try a few sips of clear Gatorade. He liked it of course! Oh and I bought my own Nitrate-free hot dogs even though we bought a whole container of regular hot dogs for the rest of the family. I felt guilty but I had to do it.
As for myself, I ate as well as I could. I had greens at almost every meal and drank lots of water. I bought a green smoothie at the store and drank a bit every day. It made me feel better about the over-eating during meals. My body definitely felt a little “off”, but since being home it’s getting closer to normal.
The kids had crazy bedtimes on vacation, again because the older kids didn’t go to bed until much later. Sometimes it ended up being 10pm before we got them to bed (the baby stayed pretty consistent though with a 6:30/7pm bedtime). We have been home two days and already are on a much better schedule.
There is no place like home. It’s so good to be back.
Do you feel as if vacations send you spiraling into unhealthy eating?