Dear Friends, initially this blog post was just about showing you how it is possible to go on vacation and still have fun without feeling like you missed out on something. "FOMO" (fear of missing out) on any kind of food or drink equates to not having the fun you previously associated with vacation.
This past weekend my husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary, so he booked a quick weekend getaway for us to Las Vegas. I love to go to Vegas, because it is nice and sunny (just as Seattle weather is about to turn gray), but also, because it holds a special place in my heart. In my role of Director of Life Enrichment at Aegis Living, I visited our Aegis of Las Vegas community often, where very special employees and residents live. This building is 100% memory care, so it is absolutely the frailest of population that needs the most love in the last few years of their lives.
We had a wonderful weekend, lots of sun by the sparkly waters of the Red Rock Resort and Casino, beautiful room, overlooking the Red Rock Canyon, gambling (for hubby), great food (for both of us - more on that later), a fun Vegas! The Show experience, and of course time spent on the Strip gawking at the sights and sounds with thousands of other people on a balmy Saturday night.
Little did we know that a madman was already planning his massacre for the very next day, killing 59 innocent people and injuring more than 500 before he was dead.
While incomprehensible and painful to wrap our heads around this senseless violence no matter when and where it would have taken place, the fact that it was right there and then makes it even more heartbreaking. Some of the very people we were standing next to when admiring the Bellagio Fountains could now be dead or hurt. I'm a sensitive person, I feel so much, that's why I love being a Health Coach, and this horrible and evil act just hit me very hard, as I know it affected all of you as well. My heart goes out to everyone affected by this tragedy. Truly truly.
But before that happened, I was going to tell you more about food options. It warms a Health Coach's heart that the food and restaurant industry is most definitely trending in the direction of accommodating people with health conscious attitudes or special dietary needs. Remember, good food doesn't need to be complicated. Simple preparations are always best. When I work with clients, the end goal is to strive for 80-90% compliance, meaning you allow a few splurges and special meals during a vacation, or even at home. Remember, this is your life, not a diet.
Here are a few pictures from my meals - each and every one of them was delicious - I had acai bowl, or egg whites scramble with kale, sweet potatoes and quinoa for breakfast; a quick RX Bar or fruit with nut butter for snack; a soup with salad for dinner and fish with salad, brown rice, or quinoa for dinner. I even splurged on a delicious gelato from Jean Philippe Patisserie at the Aria. THIS was well worth it! Again, having a "planned lapse", as I call it, allows for a treat without the guilt.
When you work with me, we will develop strategies around food and splurges. We will tackle cravings and eliminate all guilt associated with eating. We will, together, elevate your eating experience and lifestyle to make you whole and well. Remember, I work with clients in person and/or via FaceTime or Skype.
I'm here to help. Have a wonderful week - hug your loved ones tight and I send all my love to everyone in Las Vegas and to all of you.