With summer holidays now upon us, you might have a sunny break or little trip booked somewhere over the next few months.
Whilst looking forward to your holiday, you may also be somewhat anxious about potentially derailing your low sugar advancements in terms of changing your habits and taste preference to sweet food.
Although the ‘holiday’ can be a sugar social hurdle of sorts, it doesn’t need to be too bad. I thought I’d pitch up some helpful tips that are easy, practical and bring perspective and peace so you can enjoy your holiday to the max.
I write this post because I am in fact on holiday this week (sunning myself as you read!). I’m writing this a few days before I head off to Skiathos with my family (8 of us… siblings, partners and all). I will just mention here that Greek cuisine is one of the bests when it comes to delicious sugar-friendly eating – feta cheese, greek salad, olive oil and of course, some full fat creamy greek yoghurt. Last year I went to Mykonos and I wrote about my attempt a low sugar hen do.
Anyway, here are some sugar-friendly tips to help you this summer holiday:
1. Ask yourself where you’re at?
Changing your relationship with sugar is a ‘journey’. Now, it has come to my attention that this word is horrendously overused at the moment, but you know what I mean. If you’re in a period of actively changing your tastebuds to get control over cravings, you potentially do need to be a little more careful or restrictive on this one holiday, with a view to gaining that control and freedom with sugar you desire. Thus making future holidays more enjoyable and relaxed.
If you’re a bit further along and feeling comfortable, maybe you can test the water a little.
I feel lucky now that I am very very comfortable with sugar and totally call the shots. I know a bit of ice cream isn’t going to take me back down that craving road, but this is evident because I’m not as bothered about having it anymore in the first place. If I really fancy something, I’ll probably have it, but I will forever be a little mindful of sugar. If you’re still in a sensitive zone where loss of craving control might happen, you do need to be more considered with your choices.
Take stock of where you’re at, your long term goals and priorities. Ok you may have to eat lower sugar this holiday but if that means you’re more controlled and indifferent to sugary food on future holidays, surely it’s worth it?
2. Swap ice creams & fizzy drinks for fruity things where possible
If ice cream is a big deal on your holidays which it can be for many, can you look to swap for a cool banana shake instead, thus opting for a more natural sugar source. Likewise I know in Bali I used to have these fresh watermelon shakes instead of an ice cream. Fresh fruit as a snack or as a pudding. Basically on holiday, especially in hot countries, can you swap refined sugary drinks or snacks for more natural ones at any point?
3. Embrace the continental breakfast
We live in this traditional sweet fruity-granola-muesli based breakfast culture. Use a holiday and (& potentially the hot climate) to embrace savoury continental breakfasts. Hams, cheese, tomato, cucumber and even salad leaves could all be a viable option. In Spain I know you can get this amazing tomato olive oil puree to go on your toast which is a perfect alternative to jam. You could even drink Gazpacho (a vegetable based tomato soup) for breakfast – my mum actually does this! Hunt out those savoury options and push your experimental boundaries. You can have real fun with it, experiencing the culture at the same time.
4. Indulge in fructose free food
You can still indulge and enjoy local food but maybe choose to ‘indulge’ in savoury items instead of the sweet, with the goal in mind that you’re still getting control over sugar. White refined carbs aren’t healthy no, but they aren’t that massive fructose hit like a full on dessert is. If treating yourself to some Italian pizza and then skipping on dessert works, you’re kind of still winning on increasing your sensitivity to fructose without feeling too deprived.
I know these tips are a bit random, but they’re kind of practical and they work when it comes to this whole sugar thing.
What I do want you to do is have an amazing holiday. If there’s anything to ‘over-indulge on’ then instead of sugar make it the connection with your loved ones, the quality time you spend on you and a serious amount of fun.
With much love from Skiathos!!
P.S Make sure you follow me on Instagram if you want to see a few sugar-friendly foodie holiday snaps.
What do you think of being ‘healthy’ on holiday? What challenges have you got this summer and will you be eating ice cream? I would LOVE to know so please share and I’ll reply as soon as I’m back