If you travel quite a bit or have a vacation coming up and you’re wondering what to do about your intermittent fasting routine, the best thing to do is to make sure you plan ahead and be ready to compromise!
One of the best things about being on holiday is going out for meals and trying new and exotic foods, so it ‘s hardly the best setting to be in to try and stick to an intermittent fasting routine.
Not only is this not much fun for you, it can also be annoying for the people you’re travelling with.
If you’re travelling between cities or countries on your trip, the best option is to plan your fasting days (if you’re a 24 hour faster) for the days that you’re travelling or in transit. Not only are airport restaurants not usually that great, but let’s face it, most of us just eat at airports because we’re bored while we’re waiting for our next flight.
Airplane food isn’t always the best either. So wouldn’t you rather fast on the plane and enjoy a much better meal later at your destination? That way you won’t have to worry as much about putting on that extra weight during your trip.
So for example, if you usually fast for 24 hours twice a week, you can compromise by planning ahead to fast for one or two half days on the day or days that you travel during that week, and adjust your start times to just after a meal with your travel companions and just before your trip to the airport.
If you’re a daily faster, you might be able to stick with your plan because skipping breakfast can be easier to do on vacation. However your fasts may be shorter if you’re having later nights out so be prepared for this to happen and don’t be too strict with it.
You could just adjust your plan to alternate days instead, or just fast on the travel days while you’re on vacation.
Any fasting is better than none at all, but don’t let it put a damper on your vacation! If your only taking a one week trip and fasting is likely to get in the way just let yourself off for the week.
Also be aware that Jet Lag can cause low mood and really mess with your body clock.
If you’re travelling through a few time zones just wait until your body clock is back to normal before starting your intermittent fasting plan again.
Remember intermittent fasting is meant to be flexible and fit in with your lifestyle, so make sure you keep it that way.