Finding balance while slow travelling. One of our main goals when travelling to a new destination is trying out all the local foods. We love exploring the many flavors and dishes that a place offers.
A Good Balance
Back home in our daily routine, both Ernest and I always included fitness. We also ensured we had fairly healthy meals during the weekdays with weekends for indulging.
However, our vacations were for indulging; indulging in all the foods and no working out with the exception of walking a lot.
While on this slow travel journey, we’ve been trying to implement our habits back home here. We’ve been working out 4-5 times per week, while indulging (almost) daily but to a different extent. We’ll have a local meal at lunch and/or dinner, but ensure portion control. I also have a major sweet tooth, but have been trying to keep it at a minimum; meaning that I will indulge in sweets/desserts only a few times a week (similar to if I were back home).
We struggled (myself especially) with the foods in Chiang Mai. By this, I mean that I felt deprived. It could have been due to the fact that this was our first slow travel stop.
First, portion sizes in CM is like a kids meal in North America; even for myself, who don’t eat a lot in one sitting.
Second, protein and veggies are a small portion of the total meal with carbs having the biggest portion. Therefore, I felt like I wasn’t getting enough protein and veggies and only consuming carbohydrates.
This is much different than our normal eating habits. In the last month of being in CM, I felt hungry and deprived. This actually was our own fault, as we only later found places that provided what we needed.
Japan & Vietnam
Since these were short trips, we indulged every single day. We knew we only had a limited amount of time and so we made good use of that time. 🙂 But, we also walked quite a bit; again short amount of time and so many sights to see.
After being in Malaysia for a week, I felt like my eating habit has now normalized and feel like myself again. We were/are exercising (at minimum) 4 times a week and have a good balance of trying all the foods with healthy portions.
However, this was not the case our first week in Malaysia. Since the feeling of deprivation from Thailand, portion control was non-existent. For me, who’s never had an issue with food and control, it was quite surprising.
So how was I able to get back to my norm? I think I let myself have it all and eventually felt satiated. Having a western (as well as eastern) breakfast buffet offered daily at our hotel may have helped. 🙂
Balance When Travelling
Having a healthy balance of food and fitness is essential when slow travelling. However, finding that balance may take some time. But in the end, good health brings more travel days. 🙂