So last summer I studied in Italy and I really immersed myself in every part of the culture… mainly the food! I think you should really enjoy yourself yourself on vacation and this time around I didn’t limit myself a ton but I did make different choices when it came to what I ordered.
Last summer I indulged in pasta and pizza regularly and gelato twice a day sometimes! It was the best authentic Italian food and I quite literally lapped it all up. But I came home a little curvier, my face a little rounder, and you won’t believe it but someone went in my closet when I was gone and shrunk all of my pants! 😉 Even walking many miles a day doesn’t cancel out all the carbs I was eating and the calories I consumed.
This trip since I’ve tried a lot of Italian food already, I didn’t feel the need to eat pizza and pasta every day and I paid more attention to what the Italians eat. My Italian friends seem to eat more fish, meat, and vegetables. They actually didn’t order pasta once. My new favorite dish is carpaccio which is thinly sliced fish or meat and I always ask for lots of lemons on the side. On the coast I would eat mussels or shrimp with a side of vegetables & lemons of course. I would also order caprese a lot or a meat & cheese plate. When I did order pizza or pasta I would try not to finish the whole thing. “Taste everything, eat nothing” is a phrase I’d heard before and honestly thought it was a little silly but you can eat all the bad foods in moderation and still enjoy yourself!
I don’t weigh myself regularly but I just happened to before this trip and again when I got back and I weighed the exact same! So I feel like this approach really helped me and when I go back I’ll do the same thing!