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How To Get Back On Track Post-Vacation

If you even so much as glanced at my San Diego recap, you already know that my favorite way to explore a new city is by mouth. This is probably not very sophisticated of me to admit, but I’ll take a renowned restaurant or weekly farmers market over a bus tour or museum any day, any trip. While it likely has more to do with my general lack of patience, I’d like to attribute this tendency to my desire to experience any city I visit as a true local. (As an example, I spent 5 weeks in Chicago last summer and didn’t visit the Bean a single time, choosing instead to explore as many coffee shops as I could.)

So eating in a new city is awesome, but walking tours, monuments, and history museums are probably better for your waistline. But… Eating in a new city is awesome. And part of being a #realistRD is knowing that there’s room for indulgences in every healthy life. You already saw how I lived in culinary luxury while on the West Coast, but I’ve since returned to my regular grind, and it’s time to get back on the wagon. Here’s how I bounce back.


Listen, I’m not suggesting that you spend your valuable vacation days thinking about meal prep, but you can do yourself a favor and start getting back into “real life” mode as you travel back home. I like to take a bit of time in the airport or on the plane looking at the week ahead, planning my workouts and making a grocery list.


On a normal weekday, I’m fanatic about having water with me at all times. On the weekends or when I’m traveling… Not so much. For me, getting my hydration levels up is first priority and always makes me feel much more myself.


Hit the grocery store as soon as you can, ideally right after you get home from the airport. If you’re not quite ready for that, pick up a day or so of healthy prepared meals from somewhere like Snap Kitchen (#shamelessworkplugbutIreallymeanit). That way you’ll have plenty of time to think through and execute on a grocery list during your first full day back in town.


An important part of getting back into your normal routine is returning to a solid sleep routine, ideally 7-8 hours per night. Between changing time zones, late nights out, and hotel beds, the quality and quantity of your sleep may have suffered. Help ease yourself back into the regular grind by getting plenty of rest your first few nights back home.

What about you guys? How do you get back into the swing of things after some time away? Would love all the tips and tricks I can get!

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Hey, I’m Claire. I’m a 20-something registered dietitian with a penchant for real food (ft. lots of veggies), accented by the occasional wine-fueled night out with girlfriends. The Petite Professional is where I document my journey to master the balancing act, hoping that I can help you do the same along the way. Read More…

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