When I left for a month-long trip to Europe there was this little voice in the back of my head that kept saying, “Don’t eat too much bread.” And I honestly finally had to tell that little voice to fuck right off. I'm a food writer and a body positivity advocate and I still sometimes struggle with my own inner judgement.
But here’s the thing. Warring with your body over how many net carbs or how many grams of sugar you consume on vacation is not only BS, but it’s just so passé. I’m too old and too comfy in my own skin to care about a measly five pounds I might gain on vacation to torture myself the entire time I’m there.
What was I going to do while spending time in France and Italy? Not enjoy bread and pasta? Who ever came home from vacation in Italy saying, “Gosh I just had the best spinach while I was over there!”
Spoiler alert: NO ONE. Zero people have ever said that.
So, I had this moment with myself where I said screw it, it’s one month. Enjoy yourself. You’re walking and sweating so much each day that it doesn’t matter anyway and torturing yourself about every bite of indulgent food you put in your mouth is only going to make you miserable.
Guess what? I came home from Europe the same size I left. And I’m so, so glad that I enjoyed myself while I was there. If you're going on vacation, don't worry about your weight. Enjoy the food. Enjoy the culture. The gym and your kale salad of choice will be available when you get back.
Here are some of my favorite super carb-y meals I ate while there.
Suck it, diet culture.
8/16/2022 08:53:19 pm
THANK YOU! It is so stupid to fret about our bodies while on vacation and it's so hard sometimes to see bloggers and influencers with tiny little bodies eating pizza. It makes you feel terrible if you aren't a size double 0 while traveling. Appreciate this post so much!
8/16/2022 08:54:18 pm
I couldn't agree more. There is nothing healthy about torturing yourself about everything you put in your mouth while on vacation. Vacation is about relaxing and enjoying the moment!
8/16/2022 08:55:06 pm
Enjoying food while traveling is part of the culture. You don't get to experience it for real if you don't partake. So glad you were able to let go and just enjoy!
8/16/2022 09:02:00 pm
8/16/2022 09:02:37 pm
You look like you're having the best time! Don't let your inner critic disrupt your FUN!
8/16/2022 09:07:27 pm
LOLOLOL PREEEEACH GIRL!!!!
8/16/2022 09:20:54 pm
Amen :-P Very well said. Aren't the rich meals the whole reason to go to those countries?! My mouth is watering over the photos of those meals. (And I can vouch for a few of them!)
8/16/2022 11:09:23 pm
Great piece. Life is short and pleasurable moments are few and far between. I believe that when you are really in the enjoyment of the moment, your energetic vibration is so high that the calories just burn right off you. I too went to France and Italy for nearly 3 weeks and didn’t gain an ounce!!
8/17/2022 09:06:21 am
8/17/2022 01:37:38 pm
I KNOW THAT’S RIGHT
8/18/2022 05:44:01 pm
Hmm, I guess this article pertains to people who can eat carbs. My body doesn’t process them well and gluten wreaks havoc on my body, so if I did this my vacation would be miserable.
8/25/2022 03:49:56 pm
I would definitely not suggest anyone with celiac or gluten sensitivities to just go out and eat a bunch of pasta on vacation. That would be insane.
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Hi! I'm Erin Shaw. I'm a freelance food, travel and lifestyle writer based in Los Angeles. My happiest days are those that are spent packing a suitcase for my next adventure! More at Erin-Shaw.com