The Living Beauty – Travel Diet

Amelia Ricci

Amelia Ricci

I confess I hate the word diet but had to cut through the news feed crap, and get your attention!!

Everyone wants to know what to eat when on holidays so you return feeling rejuvenated not drained – and you can avoid the post holiday blues, feeling energetic and ready to tackle life again!

I recently returned from Far North QLD. I went there:
– to relax after 8 months of 12 hour days
– because I love QLD and supporting Aussie tourism
– love farmers markets and looking at all the locally made produce (see photos)
– incredible nature and wildlife
– only a very short and direct flight

Supplies from the farmers markets!

Supplies from the farmers markets!

My travel regime was simple and I am going to share my tips and how to avoid the post holiday over indulgence – so here we go!

EAT
– no need to eat the whole buffet, stay calm and choose only what you know will make you feel great AFTER the meal, who cares if it is “all you can eat”.
– the purpose is to feel nourished not stuffed full!
– snack well – activated nuts, blueberries, strawberries, locally made trail mix
– meals are to be enjoyed – love that local seafood!
– I love the every second day rule – I will have a wine, a cocktail or a dessert every second day (this is moderation). Stupidity lies in eating and drinking with reckless abandon and thinking you will feel great when you get back from your trip – you will feel terrible – why is more food or alcohol better?? Moderation gives me just as much enjoyment.

we ate at the Paleo Cafe for lunch one day - Paleo is no grain, sugar, dairy, preservatives. Aligns closely with how I eat but I don't apply it too strictly and I don't call myself paleo.

we ate at the Paleo Cafe for lunch one day – Paleo is no grain, sugar, dairy, preservatives. Aligns closely with how I eat but I don’t apply it too strictly and I don’t call myself paleo.

TRAIN
– body weight exercises, resistance bands (easy to pack in the suitcase) or the hotel gym are great to stay active
– walk everywhere
– ride a bike
– walking trails are breathtaking and the scenery is amazing – nature is rejuvenating
-Breathe in the beautiful fresh air.
– I also love power yoga and found a class whilst away which was challenging and loved it!!

SWITCH OFF
– I have a “media fast” – therefore only check email on set days (once), no social media, no newspapers, no TV
– I get amazing clarity from this media fast
– have a massage (or two!!)
– read books – so instead of hanging onto current media, I escape with a good book – in one week I did not miss anything!
– music is an awesome way to relax and I love spotify or Tune in free radio from around the globe

Salads for the plane flight and snacks I brought with me

Salads for the plane flight and snacks I brought with me

 

SHOP & PREP
– Stock up pre- holiday and pack your food
– Hire an apartment so you make prep some of your own meals
– Use the local farmers market and supermarket whilst on holiday

my travel essentials - quinoa, green tea, chia seeds, activated walnuts, sleepy time tea (my secret weapon for a good nights sleep)

my travel essentials – quinoa, green tea, chia seeds, activated walnuts, sleepy time tea (my secret weapon for a good nights sleep)

SEE
– you want to feel energetic to walk, hike mountains, ride bikes and see the sights
– even more incentive to eat well and drink loads of water!

Bliss Balls made high in the rainforest mountain area of Kuranda and also sold at many places in the tropics including Paleo cafe - met the owner she was lovely!

Bliss Balls made high in the rainforest mountain area of Kuranda and also sold at many places in the tropics including Paleo cafe – met the owner she was lovely!

LOCAL SECRETS

– we found some amazing single origin coffee at a hidden coffee shop “Single Origin Roasters”

– Bliss Balls, made locally – Love going into the shops and speaking to the owner and finding out how they source ingredients and make their product – it is so interesting

– fresh, recently harvested nuts for example QLD macadamias are amazing – the taste is so very different to those over dried varieties we get back home

– Coconut grown locally with no additives – amazing!

– There was a restaurant seabean (www.seabean.com.au) we visited that has a gluten free menu. Seek out these gems when travelling and ask the owner where they source their ingredients. This tapas restaurant owner had previously worked at famed establishment Nautilus and now opened up his own much more casual venue and his mum made the most delicious gluten free bread which we had with amazing marinated white anchovies, a crisp organic lettuce and a grilled goats feta with lemon.

– see the farmers markets for essential oils and also locally harvested oils for cooking (and raw recipes) such as those below

Organic Vanilla for my recipes - bought for $10 bargain!!!

Organic Vanilla for my recipes – bought for $10 bargain!!!

 

locally made oils for body - I try to think about what I put on my body just as much as my food - from farmers markets

locally made oils for body – I try to think about what I put on my body just as much as my food – from farmers markets

My food intake for the trip included the following:

Breakfast: pineapple and ruby red grapefruit, omelette with spinach, tomato & mushroom

Snacks: berries, activated walnuts, daintree ice cream, daintree chocolate, bliss balls (note desserts not every day)

Lunch: rice wraps with salad and chicken

Dinner: fish, vegetables, salads, gluten free bread (and much more!)

So next time you are heading off on holidays remember if you eat healthy, fresh and natural foods and listen to when your body is full you will return feeling STRONG, HEALTHY & CREATIVE and ready to tackle life again with all its challenges.

Last day of holidays I took this selfie - I think selfies are a bit "self indulgent" but I wanted to illustrate how you can get a flat tummy after a week of holidays

Last day of holidays I took this selfie – I think selfies are a bit “self indulgent” but I wanted to illustrate how you can get a flat tummy after a week of holidays

Stay tuned for upcoming blogs on two awesome girls I have trained  – Christie (2013) & Alisa (2011).

Best of luck to the beautiful Living Beauty girls Megan and Thuy who have been training with Living Beauty for these upcoming shows. I am incredibly proud of your dedication.

DIARY DATES FOR FITNESS/BODYBUILDING COMPETITIONS:

29th September, INBA Competition
Norwood Town Hall Adelaide
See the Living Beauty girls compete, visit Gemma, Amanda, Christie and Elle at the Living Beauty booth raising money for childhood cancer.

6th October, ANB Competition
Norwood Town hall Adelaide

 

And, for those who have enquired about comp prep 2014 please come and introduce yourself, I will be at the judging table or the Living Beauty booth.

Until then train hard.

Love and Light

Amelia x 0

 

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