I’m backkkkkkk… and dang, what a trip! The weather was B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L! Each day the blue sky sparkled without a cloud in sight while parasailers floated nearby. We played tennis, got massages, laid by the beach, swam in the infinity pool and drank WAY too many margaritas.
Of course, I’d have more photos to show you but my phone was stolen. Which was a little bit of a bummer, but then I said hello to the new iPhone 7. This little mama is happy.
Anyway, while I was away I got a few emails asking about airplane food, eating healthy while traveling and staying active. Obviously doing all of these things well while on vacation is difficult for many of us; especially women. We want to indulge, but we also want to feel confident in our swimsuits while on the beach.
But I will tell you this: I’ve been on vacations where I went to town at the buffet. I’ve also been on vacations where I’ve eaten nothing and exercised way too much. Neither has left me satisfied.
If you can relate to this, then you know that worrying about food can consume you. It takes away your happiness, your thoughts and controls your emotions. I’ve been there. Believe me, I’ve been there many times before.
After years of torturing myself whenever I attempted to go on vacation, I learned to let go. Let go of all of the pressure and expectations I put on myself and my body. Let go of what I think my butt looks like when I put on a swimsuit. Just freaking live and be a human being, just how we’re supposed to be: Imperfectly beautiful.
Yes, I’m freaking imperfect and proud of it. We all are.
These days when I go on relaxing beach vacations, I eat what I want. It doesn’t mean I eat in excess or just lay on the beach without moving my body; what it does mean is that I walk on the beach, play tennis and go hiking. And so what if I indulge a little more than usual? It’s not going to change or define who I am. Nor would it for you.
And when I get back home, I know that I can easily get back on track. And that’s what makes it okay. It’s called balance. Being alive and living your life is the most important thing we have.
So there you have it. I don’t eat perfectly. I’m not a model. I’m not a freaking Instagram star. I am who I am.
And this week, I’ll keep it a little lighter with plenty of veggies, lean protein and smoothies. And definitely these cottage cheese breakfast bowls. I’m in love with how easy and amazing they are.
It’s simple: cottage cheese, plenty of fresh fruit and your favorite granola. Look, I love greek yogurt but there’s just something fantastic about cottage cheese. So give it a try.
And remember, you are MORE than how food makes you feel. I love you guys. xo.
- 1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese
- 1/4 cup your favorite granola (I like Purely Elizabeth)
- 1/2 banana
- 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
- 1/2 kiwi, sliced
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- Sprinkle of cinnamon
- Add cottage cheese to a bowl or place in a jar. Then add granola, fruit and chia seeds. Serves 1. Enjoy!