The Entitlement of Eating On Vacation – NOT!

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The Entitlement of Eating On Vacation – NOT!

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What is it about “I’m going on vacation” that becomes “I’m on vacation, I’m going to eat what I want.” Why do we go on vacation? To get away, relax and refresh, change of scenery. Most people do not set out on vacation thinking “I plan to gain 10 pounds this week.”

Just because you’re sitting on the beach or looking at the mountains, it doesn’t mean that you should throw out your diet commitment and eat everything in sight. But a lot of people do that- they struggle for a year to lose 20 pounds and blow it all in a week of eating abandon.

People who choose to go off their diet on vacation are also choosing to throw away all the hard work they put into their diet for the months/year preceding vacation. You opted for a plain salad with broiled chicken at lunch everyday for three months – and now you are going to give up that accomplishment for fish and chips and hot fudge sundaes for a week or two?

Years ago I was in a diet group (sigh – so many years of diet groups) and it was fairly expensive. We were five weeks into a 15-week program and one of the struggling members announced, “I’m going to stop my diet until I get back from my cruise.” Huh!? That’s not faulty thinking – that’s dumb.

I’m not saying that one shouldn’t indulge a bit on vacation if you want to, but GET PERSPECTIVE! The truth is that you are not really committed to your diet if you use any excuse to go off it (be it vacation, a bad day, or “I’m hungry and have to eat now”).

And, it’s true that if you blow your diet for a week, you can always start again when you get home. But – really – what kind of on-again-off-again diet pattern are you in and do you really think you will succeed in the long run if your commitment wavers at every opportunity?

It all comes back to the core question: How much do you really want to lose weight and how deep is your commitment to accomplish it? If fried clams on vacation are what you want, that’s a choice you can make. If you return with a 5, 8, 10+ pound gain, don’t complain because your food choices were all your own and you will likely get no sympathy. However- if you enjoyed yourself and you deem that it was worth the gain, that’s fine. Glad you had fun!