As the holiday season approaches, you might be wondering, "How can I travel and enjoy my holiday while maintaining my post-weight loss surgery lifestyle?" Well, stick with us and we’ll show you exactly how with our 7 best tips to make travelling easy-peasy this holiday season.
Whether you're venturing across the ditch, across the globe, or just across the road for a barbie, with a sprinkle of strategy and a dash of discipline, every trip can be a healthy one.
Pre-Travel Planning: Before you pack that brand-new bikini (and you totally should, by the way), remember, preparation is key! Stock up on your meds and post-op supplements, and keep them handy in your carry-on just in case your luggage gets lost! They're your little travel buddies, there to keep you nourished and energised for the adventures ahead. Pro tip: If you're hopping time zones, set phone alarms to stay on your medication schedule.
Choosing Accommodations: When booking your stay, hunt for places with kitchen facilities. Why? Because you've got the power to whip up some healthy magic in the kitchen! Plus, staying near grocery stores or markets means fresh and nutritious ingredients are just an easy stroll away.
Healthy Eating While Travelling: Now, let's talk food. Keep tracking your nutrition - it's like a travel journal, but for your meals. Keeping track of what you eat will help you spot nutritional gaps like not getting enough protein, or a surplus of carbs for example. And breakfast? Don't you dare skip it! A protein-packed start to your day is your secret weapon against snack attacks. When eating out, be bold and ask for bariatric-friendly portions. For a more discrete option, ask us for a My New Tum wallet-sized Bariatric ID card. This lets your server know you’ve had weight loss surgery and would like to order from the kids menu. Most places are more than willing to accommodate your dietary needs. It's all about portion control and savouring each and every delicious bite.
Snack Smart: Snacks are the unsung heroes of travel. Pack those protein bars, nuts, and fruits. They're your trusty sidekicks, ready to rescue you from the siren call of convenience store junk food. And hydration? Sip, sip, sip! Did you know that your body's ability to signal thirst might have changed, meaning dehydration can sneak up on you quicker than a ninja in the night! Taking a water bottle with you everywhere you go is the simplest way to stay on top of your water intake.
Staying Active: Exercise doesn't mean you have to hit the gym like a maniac. Explore your destination with a walk, a hike, or even a leisurely bike ride. Embrace the joy of moving more and enjoying the sights and sounds around you. Slap a FitBit on your wrist - you’ll be surprised at how much ground you can cover just strolling around. Remember, every step counts!
Managing Cravings and Social Pressures: Faced with a buffet of temptation? Plan your attack. Scope out the options and pick what fits your nutrition plan. When offered food that doesn't align with your dietary needs, a polite, "non, merci" goes a long way. You don't owe anyone an explanation, but if you feel comfortable, share a bit about your journey with your travel companions. It helps them understand your needs and can turn them into supportive allies!
Emotional and Mental Well-being: Travelling post-weight loss surgery isn't just a physical journey; it's an emotional and mental adventure too. It's a time to embrace new experiences with a sense of presence and an attitude of gratitude, which can profoundly impact your overall experience. If you can, maintain some small self-care rituals that ground you. It could be a morning meditation, a nightly skincare routine, or a few minutes of deep breathing. These rituals offer a sense of normalcy and relaxation amidst the excitement and stresses of travel. A good nap goes a long way too!
So, there you have it travel buddies, as you pack your bags and set off, remember that travelling post-bariatric surgery is not just possible; it's a fantastic way to celebrate your new lease on life. Things might not always go as planned, and that's perfectly okay. Each trip is a new adventure, an opportunity to make memories and healthy choices. Share your stories and tips with us. We can’t wait to hear all about your adventures!