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Skycat



Joined: 12 Apr 2017
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Location: Germany

PostPosted: Sun Jun 25, 2017 7:26 am    Post subject: Holiday Strategies? Reply with quote

Hi, So at the end of next week I'm setting off on a long-haul vacation with my husband for almost 3 weeks.

So what advice do you all have for No S on holiday?

Stick with vanilla?
Drop it until you get back?
Make a few mods to keep the general idea with a bit more flexibility?

I'm really interested in knowing what has worked for you, or what hasn't worked for you?
Thanks
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Elyssa



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Location: Eastern USA

PostPosted: Sun Jun 25, 2017 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Skycat Very Happy
In his book, Reinhard pretty much suggests that "American wage slaves" are unlikely to have a problem with lengthy vacations in terms of continuing to follow No-S diet principles.... but there you are, in Deutschland where Urlaub is accorded more weight (uh, NO pun intended). I myself anticipate time off later this summer and later this year so no whining on my end.
Razz

I was thinking - why not continue the weekday vs. weekend rules for myself while on vacation... no reason to throw the habits totally to the wind. If you plan ahead, depending on activities/plans/occasions while on holiday, SELECT days could become extra S days (if truly needed and justified) AS OPPOSED TO taking 21 days of "S" in a row, which I think would pretty much undermine the good habits we have been working to build.
"Just saying." Laughing Anyway, that's my thinking... cheers, Elyssa
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kaalii



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 25, 2017 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i have been asking myself the same thing last summer (and in general, my job is linked to school holidays so i travel a lot and am often in holiday situations) and i have found at least 2 threads with this topic and lots of great advice and experience...
i can't find those threads at the moment to link it here...
but i'm 100% sure that they are on this forum... Smile
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violet crown



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 25, 2017 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Our family is just finishing a multi-week "holiday" abroad (husband has a visiting fellowship; I can homeschool anywhere), and here's how we've kept things under control (though admittedly I haven't been as consistent in my habits as I'd like; fixing that now).

We keep up healthy living -- for me, that's sticking to no-S -- even on vacation.
1. Lots of walking. We choose tourist experiences that involve foot travel: buses and trains for long distances; no rental car.
2. Bring a portable cooler. We rarely eat out when traveling; instead we visit a grocery store & get easy-prep, portable real food: bread, cheese, raw veggies, fruit, nuts. Also a chocolate bar for the kids in case a train is delayed/ missed and they are cratering from lack of calories.
3. Choose eat-out food wisely. Sandwiches, soups, small pasties, milk, takeaway salads are generally available at the tourist spots, hidden amongst the crisps, ice cream, biscuits and Irn-Bru. Calories counts are labeled on all items.
4. Bring running clothes. We've never found a place other than an airport that didn't have some sort of path available for a 30-minute run.
5. Primarily, we don't regard food as part of the holiday experience, except insofar as we enjoy the different fare abroad. If I have black pudding and chips, or haggis and neeps, I treat that as I would equivalent dinner back home: balance out extra calories with a long walk and a salad for lunch; don't feel like I have to eat it all (especially the chips!); skip dessert. Then I've had the fun of experiencing foreign food but still have the energy to shepherd a family through a long holiday.

Anyway these are strategies that have worked for my husband and me. Your circumstances will be of course different.
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breeze94



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 25, 2017 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As an american wage slave I'm jealous. This is a problem I would like to have to deal with! No advice on strategies, just wanted to wish you a great vacation!
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gingerpie



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 1:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We had a multi-week trip a few years ago. I just stuck to no-s. There is so much more to see and do than just the food . . . it really wasn't a problem and made the meals that much more enjoyable. In any case, enjoy your trip.
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ironchef



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got some great advice for my first No S vacation many years ago, here it is.

My advice, for a long, multi-week vacation, would be to essentially stick to No S, but make allowances for things that are truly special and unique to that holiday.

If I am visiting a particular part of the world that has an exciting speciality, I make room to sample some. I'm thinking of a visit to a very special chocolatier in a French village, or the time I drank a cocktail in Thailand that was served in a whole young coconut. But I wouldn't take multiple weeks worth of S days just for the sake of it.
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osoniye



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 11:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am the poster child for going off NoS on vacation and work travel, and gaining weight while doing so. Don't be me!!
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oolala53



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm just going to repeat that it's usually possible to have a satisfying number of "vacation" eating experiences while mostly sticking to Vanilla. I would probably use virtual plating in restaurants for dinner. That can take some firm honesty, but what's the alternative?
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Merry



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 1:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

osoniye wrote:
I am the poster child for going off NoS on vacation and work travel, and gaining weight while doing so. Don't be me!!


LOL, I tend to do this too. Occasionally I'm successful in having some N days in there, but when I'm with people who eat very differently every day...well, what can I say, I tend to join them! Usually takes me a week or two to get over a vacation weight-gain (although occasionally it's taken as long as a month--I don't usually appreciate that! But a week or two isn't bad).

I think--go for what helps you long-term stay with No-S and have losses over the long-haul, and don't focus too much on what happens in any one week or month.
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Skycat



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all your input. I'm going to attempt to stick to No S as far as possible while I'm away, and try to post on my check-in thread as often as I can. Although I'm sure I'll have some red days, each green day will feel twice as valuable. Very Happy
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