5-day Pre and Post Travel Detox plan!
She said, she looked like a spotted hyena…I was like what?
She goes…Julie, I am looking at my skin right now with rising dread, I seem to have grown a hyena skin overnight…
What the heck had visited her body while she slept…I wondered!
She was in a state of panic. I told her to sit down, grab a piece of paper and write down the following:
1. Anything new she had introduced to her skin and beauty routine in last 7 days
2. Anything she had eaten in the last 7 days?
I suspected that following her valentine’s getaway and excesses, it may come as no surprise why her skin may have gone on strike… Lets call her Abby!
Tell me you go on vacation or a getaway and eat like a Monk on a fast-fest? I thought not..so no Judge Judy panel here, okay! 🙂
If truth be told, most of us, esp. I, don’t skimp on the sinful dessert, or that juicy steak, not forgetting the usually full on breakfast when I travel!
Yet, correct me if I am wrong; dont you want to carry a wee bit less of you when you go on that long planned getaway? And lose some when you get back right?
On every trip I intend to go all ninja and try out new dishes and foreign exotic foods! That’s the whole aim of travel, right? I mean I don’t want to miss out on any experience…and sometimes we eat stuff our bodies don’t agree with…
So, prior to most trips we do a bit of a detox, just so we are carrying a wee bit less when we get there…Creating room for the overindulgence if you may!
Okay, we also try to eat healthy where possible, yet, the truth is being not in control of the menu most of the time, it just isn’t possible to eat 100% healthy.
So, once we get back to normalcy aka home from any trip be it a weekender or a 5+days vacation, its detox time.
We just like to get our bodies back and flush out the exotic stuff and any possible side effects thereof.
So, Pauli and I almost always go on a 5 – 14 days post travel detox. Mind you if we are going away for 5+ days we do a Pre-travel Detox usually for a week or so.
Who doesn’t like to look sexy in a mankini right? 😊
While we had the Valentine’s fun together with my friend, the good news…. I was already on a cleansing Spiritual Fast. A 40-day Detox so to speak, while also tuning into the higher consciousness. That is GOD in my life and thus I knew this spotted hyena-like little problem wouldn’t visit me!
The thing is she had a business trip around the corner and she was in a panic. So, I decided to share with her my 5-day Pre and Post Travel Detox plan!
On average I drink 3 ½ litre bottles of fruit infused water daily while at home. I also travel with my bottle and fill it up at the breakfast bar or fountain of the hotel. We usually go a minimum of B&B. Everything else truly depends on the accommodation or falls by the way side.
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So, without further ado, here are our….
5 days Post Travel Detox Meal Tips!
#1. Cut out the Take Out & Restaurant Meals
Yes, both a saving and a discipline. Plus, you get to decide every single ingredient you put in your mouth.
You can also make your own breakfast smoothies with fresh fruit and no refined sugar. For the detox days, only Eat at Home or Pack your own lunch and snacks to work. Or hold a solids day fast!
This has proven one of the best ways to keep on track during our pre and post travel detox times!
#2. Light Exercise: Burn those calories!
We genuinely love getting up and keeping fit…Why? Because we love looking sexy and good naked…Oops too much info! 😊
Surely you didn’t think you could get away without this? And we don’t think about it as exercise, how about you dont either!
Lets focus on the benefits we get by doing it. In other words, we keep flexible, mobile, lighter, can run up a staircase without huffing and puffing the list is endless…How about you plan some fun activities you can do to get your sweat on! It doesn’t have to be outdoors esp. on freakin wintry freezing days! YouTube has made life so much easier with all kinds of Fitness exercises – walking, hiking, running indoors! We also do the Couch to 5K indoors!
On nicer days we do it all in the outdoors, etc.
Guess what else I do, I simply blast the music and dance like crazy in front of a mirror for 30 minutes! A fun high aerobic activity!
Don’t get all uptight about it lol! And continue way past the 5 days, at least 3 times a week.
DO THIS BY THE WAY: Treat yourself to a Spa day. If you can why not detox at a spa, Hammam Steam, Sauna and sweat it all out via your largest organ – the Skin!
You work so damn hard, its your money, you better enjoy it!
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#3. Berry Breakfast – Smoothie
Breakfast being the most important meal of the day needs to be filling yet also cleansing!
Here are our best Breakfast Smoothies. So now you know I have an Achilles heel…It’s what we call a QP aka Quality Problem! Who wouldn’t… 😊
Until a year ago, our household didn’t even have these things! Unless we went to MacD’s. Even then we ordered the calorie filled shakes or sugar filled juices as our drinks choice…
We wondered why the heck people were gaga about smoothies…I bet so were you!
Today, we are self-confessed breakfast smoothie junkies. We cannot tell you a better way to start your day than by eating a colourful bright bowl of sweet, organic, indulgent pure joy from nature’s garden – or supermarket! 🙂
Check out what you could be digging into without guilt, “a Glass full of happiness,” my son calls it!
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These are packed full of awesome antioxidants, pretty perfect for a 5-day post travel detox. I don’t know when we last had ice cream in our freezer…Seriously!
#4. Drink Fruit Infused Water or Green tea for the 5 days
Cut out milk, only for 5-7 days really, unless you need milk for health purposes. We replace milk with unsweetened Almond water, Soya milk or Rice milk.
My best flavoured waters are:
Lemon, Ginger, green apple and mint and for that sweet tooth, a spoon of manuka honey! I get to eat the apple at the end of the day! 😉
Lime, Mint and Ginger!
Orange, Apple, ginger
And nope, no fizzy drinks or alcohol! What are those when they are home again?
In other words, forget that glass of vino for a week…Plus fizzies are no good for that gorgeous smile you know!
Pro -Tip: Don’t go on an alcohol bender on the weekend or after the detox. All that effort down the drain! Instead have a small lil glass of your fav drink as a celebration. How about you become a social drinker until that next trip!
#5. Snacks – Don’t forget these!
Lots of people think that Detoxing means depriving yourself…We are not of that school of thought!
Your body has different needs from that skinny so-n-so and you must treat it accordingly!
So, serve those cravings with a healthy snack, an apple, pear or banana for that sugar hit.
Pauli loves savouries so I make sure he has some Sun Bites. A savoury organic low-calorie crisps brand. Recently we discovered kale chips! Bingo you are on track with your post travel detox plan!
Stay away from breads esp. white breads, cookies, biscuits, chocolate!
Our Suggestion: Replace bread with grissini if you must! If you weird like us, you will enjoy your nuts: almonds, peanuts, squash nuts, pecan, walnuts, Brazil nuts etc. during this time!
By the way did you know Brazil nuts can up the heat in the boudoir? Well now you do! Don’t take my word for it though, check out an expert expose on Brazil Nuts for Selenium! You are welcome 😉
#6. Lunch – Pack in That Salad
Having had a vitamins and antioxidant filled breakfast smoothie with a cleansing refreshing tea. Topped up with you infused water, you won’t be that hungry at lunch time.
By the way check out our Super Green Travel Smoothie too, great for breakfast or small snack!
And unless you are holding a Lent fast as we do pre-Easter, you can treat you to some veggie and fibre love at lunch time!
This is important for keeping the sweets and hunger gremlin at bay. He normally manifests as sugar cravings most afternoons!
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Usually I make a pea, carrots, cauliflower salad with some green olives and goat cheese or boiled egg.
OR I make a raw vegetarian green salad with some grapes for flavour. This with more water and a fruit should keep you going till dinner time!
#7. Make Dinner Light yet Filling!
Okay, it’s been a long day, you miss that gorgeous holiday food. That laundry basket looks menacing after all the frolicking and your boss was a green-eyed charlatan!
Or if its pre-travel, you are simply tired from all the excitement, prep, packing and getting ready to travel! So, it can be easy to get tempted to order that Takeaway of greasy fish n chips!
Don’t do it!
My plan is always to prepare a load of healthy veg salads for these very moments and freeze them. I also buy, marinate and freeze a load of Chicken, different Fish, Beef fillets and Prawns!
So, it is easy for me to plonk the fillets in my Air fryer. Or in the oven! I then plate these on a bed of the lovely defrosted veg. Throw on some soy sauce or homemade mayo! The meats break up the monotony of salad, for the die-hard red-blooded meat eater.
I just make sure the meat is about 200- 350gms. Remember you are on a detox. You want to lose that travel belly and get rid of the toxins, right!
By the way have you ever tried oven baked fries! Well there you are, you can still have some chips. Just no greasy stuff.
Super Tip: Par boil our potatoes, spray on some olive oil, throw in the oven 25 mins later, they’re done! Make them sweet potatoes and you have a plate of super food right there!
Well, there you have it, you can also do 7, 14, 21 days detox simply create variety in what you eat. Very little white rice and pastas please for now and you will feel like a bazillion dollars!
Also you can consider this your first steps to saving for the next vacation!
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46 thoughts on “5-day Pre and Post Travel Detox plan!”
I’m doing some traveling over the next few weeks, and I never even considered this before. Love the idea. I’m going to try a detox!! 🙂
Yes, do try it and see how that goes, you will love it 🙂
This is wonderful! Sometimes with traveling you eat too much, in sugar, carbs, fats, and it feels good to come home and eat light.
It almost always feels good to return to the normal…whatever that may be. But having had a taste of the exotic, we find our bodies need some help to get sexy back 🙂
Great plan! I try to pick up my walking right before a trip. We aren’t the sit around type when we travel, so I want to make sure I’m up for all the sightseeing.
Thats the thing Heather, sometimes people miss out because they cant make the hike! So its great to improve on endurance before the trip and if we keep bus on vacation we can enjoy a bloat free return! 🙂
THIS. I always eat like I’ve never seen food before when I travel haha. I’ll have to try taking care of myself better before and after our next adventure <3
We are in the same club 😀 So yes, enjoy the detoxing on your return 😀
I highly recommend these tips, they’re all feasible and possible no matter where you are. I’d start out with a friendly fruit smoothie then some jogging. Then salad! That’s extra fun for me on top of what I’m expecting for my travels.
Thats it Esme,
Good to see you here. How have you been?
Snacks really come in handy when traveling, especially if you have a kid in tow. I should try detoxing before our next trip. 🙂
Snacks keep the hunger games away 😀 And kids can be calm with their fav snack-friend! 🙂
This post has so much great advice in. I like the idea of a pre and post travel detox as someone who tends to go all out on holiday!
Glad you got value Elizabeth and thanks for stopping by! 🙂
When I go on a vacation I try not to overeat on things or over do it with it comes to going out because body will be angry with me. I always try to pack snack and stuff to make at the room so I wouldn’t have to go out to eat so much.
We allow ourselves to live a little because Life is a Gift, we just sometimes over do things and this is the solution 🙂
I have a lot of these ingredients at the ready at my house. I have to say that I have never done a detox.
Everybody needs a detox at least once a month. Imagine never clearing out your sink pipes and plughole? Same to your body’s system. Enjoy the feeling of mor energy, glowing skin and lusher hair if you do this more often!
I just got back from India last week and am heading to Poland in less than a month — this is something I definitely need to get on board with ASAP! 🙂
Glad you found it in time, enjoy our trip to Poland 🙂
this is so true! I know I overindulge when i’m traveling or for the holidays so its always a good idea for me to reign it in a bit before then!
Yes Hal you reign it in before to create room for the over indulgence and sort it all out Post travel with our meal plan 🙂
Oooooh I surely need this. I’m traveling right now and could definitely use this post travel detox.
You will love our Post Easter 5-Day Beat the Bloat Bikini meal plan coming out soonest!
This is such good advice! I always eat too much and eat badly when on vacation. And some foods trigger my allergies. I always pay for it when I get home from a trip. It really affects my digestion and my skin. A detox always helps!
A post-travel Detox does a great deal for your body and self esteem. We dont want holiday blues xoxo 🙂
These are great ideas! It’s so hard to be good about making all your meals at home while you’re preparing for a trip, but it’s such a good suggestion! When you’re the one making the food, you can be careful about exactly what you’re putting in it.
Indeed what is hard makes us stronger Melinda…its only packing for a trip right? So if we planned our meals way before, bought them, prepped and froze…voila…no stress! And if we are chomping on fresh mostly raw foods. there is hardly any prep required so how about that! 🙂
This program is so thorough and I love that. Detoxing is so important to staying healthy.
You can say that again Marissa. Everyone needs to detox every once in a while. Why not Pre and/or post travel!
Good to see you here! 🙂
I’ve never tried a detox but sounds like it is a great thing to do. I would love to try this with my husband. great way to start a healthy living.
Thats is exactly what this Post Travel Detox plan is, a great way to kick start your healthy living lifestyle 🙂
I’m going on a cruise in April and want to look beyond awesome – so I love the idea of doing a pre-travel detox plan! Definitely going to give this a shot.
You got this covered I am sure. Start the Pre Travel Detox plan now and Amazing wont even come close, come cruise time 🙂
I have to do this. I get caught up in the excitement of a trip that I forget my diet. I come home not only with excess baggage but with excess weight as well. Haha. Thanks for these tips. I will remember to do this next time.
Dont beat up on you. We all get to relax our eating habits while on holiday and we enjoy that lil bit more and extra. Its all part of the fun. If you Pre-Detox and hit the ground with a Post Detox on return home, that extra padding will disappear and stay off, if you keep at it a wee bit longer. Litmus test is if you go away for 3 days you get to d 5 days pre and 7 -14 days post travel detoxing! 🙂 With a bit of more intensity exercise, even if its walking an extra 10 mins a day! 🙂
Guess what, you get to recoup your costs too by the savings you make while shopping and eating out less!
I’ve never detoxed, but I do love smoothies chalked full of good stuff. Its always important to take care of your health and get in some activity every once in a while.
Detoxing is amazing for the body Heather,
You should try it some day because you also get to drop that extra padding and if you are good with the re-introduction of your normal eating habits you get to keep it off 🙂
When I travel I usually come back with a lot of water retention. Maybe if I do a detox before and after traveling I won’t have to deal with that issue.
Do you fly a lot on your travels? That could be the cause. Also a change of diet can cause changes in our metabolism…which can cause retention! 🙂
That said, have you seen your GP about that?
One of the best parts of traveling is the food and I do tend to relax my diet a bit during this time. However, I travel a lot, so it can become a problem! I think the idea of a pre and post travel detox is a great one!
Indeed Jessica it is and we too relax our lifestyle meal choices to enjoy the cuisine and the amazing new tastes. So we still get to over indulge just a wee bit!
our post travel detox plan helps get us back on track once home and settles the belly faster! 🙂
We always overeat on vacation! Our pre-vacation activities included getting in some walking and eating dinner at home! That helps on the budget too!
Yesss. Glad we agree Shirley, throw in lots of water and less milk and sugars and you are ready for hat vacay 🙂
I “try” to eat real food which includes fruit, vegetables, meat and a non real protein bar every day, however, that only happens about half of the time. My goal is to be under 300 even if only by 1 pound by my April doctor visit. This is not easy but a few lbs at a time I can do it!
Hey Gladys and we stand with you in spirit to achieve that goal, you can do it, you got this. Thanks for your continued support! 🙂
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