Can you do keto on vacation? Absolutely! Do you want to do it? Not necessarily. Here’s my take on staying keto on vacation and how it all turned out on my recent trip to Seychelles.
However, I also happen to be an athlete and about a month ago I reached the point where I had almost no power, no energy, constant hunger (and “hanger”) and cravings for practically anything bad like alcohol, sweets, carbs, artificial sweeteners or energy drinks. I tried to fight it. I started over multiple times. At one point I just couldn’t stick to any sensible dietary routine for longer than a day or two. Intermittent fasting, OMAD (one meal a day), TMAD (two meals a day) and keto all seemed to stop working.
Constant headaches, lack of energy, mood swings and insomnia made things even worse. Ever heard about the keto crash? That’s probably what I’ve gone through. That was the result of over-training, poor sleep, caloric restriction and a total lack of carbohydrates for a long time.
The good news is that I got through this and I’m stronger and more motivated than ever. What did I do? I spent two weeks on Seychelles and listened to each signal my overly-stressed body sent me. I managed to reset myself, my system, my mind and refill my depleted motivation. Below are a few more details from my not-keto trip.
Whenever in the world you go, the chances are you will find at least several types of keto friendly foods there (click to view the whole list of keto foods) and be able to stick to a keto diet. I took a lot of canned fish, dried meat, dried vegetables, nuts and Quest bars with me, so I was all set up. This is what the content ofmy baggage looked like:
However, the moment I landed on Seychelles I realized that I don’t want any restrictions or rules. I had been living by them by the past 6 months almost non stop. This is one of the views that convinced me to totally chill out and relax:
It’s completely true that a keto diet is probably the easiest plan to stick to because it reduces your appetite and cravings. However, it still needs a bit of your motivation, persistence, patience and determination. This is what I was temporarily out of.
I decided to go with the flow and eat anything I feel like eating. Surprisingly, I didn’t end up binging on processed carbs and junk food but trying out a lot of local meals and fruits. I stopped doing intermittent fasting for these two weeks and ate delicious breakfasts every day. And that felt awesome!
I’m not saying you cannot do keto on vacation. You absolutely can and it doesn’t seem very difficult. It’s also very budget-friendly compared to eating at restaurants while on vacation. However, I wanted my vacation to also be my dietary reset and carb refill.
At first, of course, I was a bit afraid that I would gain tons of weight after finally eating breakfast, fruits and other carbs. I gained little even though I didn’t work out as much as I usually do. I only ran 4 times during these two weeks so it’s a huge reduction.
So what did I do that helped me chill out and restart? I ate everything I felt like eating, I drank some local alcohols and I slept more than 8 hours every night.
I ate some of the food I brought with myself but I rather treated it as snacks. I mainly ate:
And that’s all. I didn’t really need to eat total junk food and processed carbs.
Of course, I drank a lot of water but there was also a lot of not-keto-friendly stuff like:
Sweet and sugary drinks tasted good on the trip but I’m happy to be done with them finally (including alcohol).
I was mostly waking and swimming a bit. I managed to ran four times and I also took part in a 10K race (which I won by the way). This is the photo from the race I won.
That was all of my physical activity during my vacation. Besides that I slept at least 8 hours every night. I never used an alarm clock. Only after a week did I start to finally feel rested and relaxed.
I’m back doing keto and intermittent fasting but there will be some changes to my diet after this massive carb refill. Here are the things I’m planning to change:
Even though I ate lots of carbs (mostly from fruits) and didn’t really count calories, I didn’t gain much weight. I gained 2-3 pounds at the most. However, it’s possible that some of it is still water weight. The bottom line is that it was worth doing such a reset and chilling out completely.
I feel awesome now.
I managed to get back to reality and get back on track. At the end of the trip I even started to miss my daily routines, duties and plans. I’m happy to be back and able to continue my keto journey.
My next milestone is the 30th of September which is the date of my second marathon this year. This is an extremely important race for me. Until that time I’ll be doing a strict keto diet with occasional carb refills (around intensive workouts and races) and, of course, working out together with my running coach.
I’m also totally giving up alcohol for these four months. And the most important part is I will keep growing ABC Keto. Lots of new recipes, articles and tutorials are coming! Back to work!
P.S. I recommend doing such a keto “reset” mostly for those who have been on keto for many months in a row and feel really exhausted, low in energy or stalled.