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Lessons Learned About Eating on Vacation

Saturday, September 21, 2013

This is an interesting trip because everyone is quite fit, which isn't surprising since it is a 4-day hiking trip! But it's not like taking a cruise, or a trip where you sit on a bus most of the time.

I would say that I'm the most overweight woman here. TC may disagree, but probably only because he's kind!

Our group is interesting: there are 14 of us; there are two married couples, two men whose wives didn't come, a single man, a mother/daughter combo, and the rest are single women.

We eat all meals together so I've had a chance to observe -- and be restricted by -- the habits of others!

Lesson #1: Thin Women Eat Slowly. I've worked hard to adapt that during my trip, and know I need to work harder to adapt it into my eating at home.

Lesson #2: Thin Women Make Good Choices. Chicken, not beef; vegetables, not meat; fruit, not cake. (gah)

Lesson #3: Eat Only What You Want. Some women skip the appetizers even when healthy choices are available; many skip dessert or opt for tea. Most do not feel pressured to eat just because everyone else is. Peru is a meat-eating country, and we have one vegetarian who has been subsisting nearly completely on fruit!

Lesson #4: Thin Women Don't Clean Their Plates. This is hard for me, since I was always taught NEVER to waste food! It seems especially shameful to leave food in a Third World Country where many people do not have enough to eat. But almost none of these women eat everything they are served.

So how am I doing?

I never gauge well on vacation because I don't know how things are prepared and I don't engage in as much intentional exercise as I do at home. But I have to be honest: the habits of others are definitely impacting WHAT and HOW MUCH I eat.

I am thinking a lot about how and what I eat vs. how and what "they" eat. I'll be with this group for another week; maybe some of their excellent habits will rub off on me by then! I hope so!!

Less than an hour until our wakeup call...then breakfast and off to the Inca Trail! Here's a picture of me during our practice hike at the Pisaq Ruins yesterday:

Have a great weekend, Sparkpeeps!

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  • no profile photo CD14170426
    Love the observations. And now I think I am going to make sure I observe others more closely now as a learning tool. Thanks!!! emoticon
    2622 days ago
    Interesting observations. I was taught to never let food go to waste that is tough for me too.

    I know you are burning major calories with all that hiking.

    Thanks for sharing your trip! I love that picture of you!

    2622 days ago
    sounds like a great time.
    2624 days ago
  • BUTTERFLY-1976
    Thanks for the check in!! Interesting observations...I know I need to work on the eating more slowly one & the...well....all of them. lol

    Enjoy the trails!!
    2628 days ago
    Thanks for checking in. It's good to hear from you.
    Have a wonderful time.
    2629 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8634484
    Half the trick is to think like a thin person. I eat what I fancy, including cake, but only if I'm hungry, and as soon as I start to feel full the rest goes in the bin. Eating slowly gives your brain time to hear the 'full' signal. Funnily enough I just put an almost identical comment on someone else's blog, to explain how to give up tracking!
    2629 days ago
    Thanks for sharing the lessons you are learning. Have an awesome vacation!
    2629 days ago
  • JOHAL52
    Thanks so much for those "lessons"! I, too, eat way too fast. And I often don't make good choices. Hope your trip is continuing to be enlightening--in more ways than one!
    2631 days ago
  • SUGAR0814
    Great picture! Enjoy your adventure!
    2631 days ago
    It's so very rare to be in a group of thin people: terrific to observe and take notes!! One thing I remind myself of often: thin people experience hunger, every day, and without panic. Not an emergency. Just a signal that the next meal, when it's time, will be more enjoyable (particularly if eaten slowly!!)
    2631 days ago
    What a surprise hearing from you!
    Thank you for sharing what you are learning.
    Great pic!
    2631 days ago
    What interesting observations! Eating more slowly has been something I've been concentrating on for some time. It definitely doesn't come naturally to me.

    How are you feeling so far? You look great in your picture!
    2631 days ago
    I NEEDED to hear this today. Thanks!
    I'm sure you'll be burning lots of calories in the next few days. Best wishes as you observe these women and emulate them.
    2631 days ago
  • _CYNDY55_
    Awesome Share!!!
    Beautiful Photo emoticon
    Enjoy the Inca Trail.....and your Hike, Today!!!
    2631 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Wow what a pleasant surprise... I didn't expect to hear from you until your return.

    Just remember that everyone has differing needs. What those women do, may be what they need to do for their health, what is it that you need to do for yours. Plus what you observe, may not be the whole story. This wonderful trip will be both taxing and exhilarating, just do what you need to do to keep yourself healthy.
    Have I said that I am a tad envious of you and your adventures, Thank you for sharing and letting me live vicariously through you.

    BTW what are you going to do at Machu Picchu, another plank? :)
    Enjoy living the life!!!
    2631 days ago
  • BEFIT020
    Sounds like an awesome vacation! The history there is unbelievable.

    I'm looking forward to reading more of your trip!
    2631 days ago
    So interesting
    2631 days ago
    Good observations! Sounds like you will be taking a lot away from this trip and probably leaving a couple pounds behind! emoticon
    2632 days ago
    Watching pros in anything is always a good way to learn, be it driving, playing sports, or staying thin.
    2632 days ago
    Wow, thats so cool that you've mase all those observations! Enjoy the hike today!
    2632 days ago
    Wow. What an adventure. I would imagine all that hiking is burning off quite a few calories. This is the type of vacation my husband would like, as he is not one for sitting a lot.

    Love your observations about the other women. Very good points for all of us so thanks for taking time on your vacation to share!! emoticon
    2632 days ago
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