Two weeks ago I was blessed with the opportunity to go to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico with my husband (alone!) for our 10 year anniversary. It was originally supposed to be Puerto Rico, but our flight was scheduled to land at the same time as Maria… We struggled with what to do and ultimately made the decision to keep the trip dates and just switch the location to Mexico. My heart goes out to all those affected by Hurricane Maria.
Since I’ve been keto for about 4 or more months now, there was a bit of an internal struggle leading up to our trip. Would I try to keep up with my eating habits on vacation? What if I undid all of my hard work so far? If you’ve ever been on a restricted or specific eating plan, then I imagine you know exactly what was going through my head. Ultimately, I decided that I would eat whatever I wanted.
You see, so much of our lives is experience. I really thought about how I would feel if I went to another country, on a romantic getaway, and obsessed over everything I was eating because I wasn’t in control of the menu or ingredients (or even the language). That’s just not a life I want to live. I wanted every memory of our trip to be full of joy and not contemplation of if this or that was good or bad for me. I think that God wants us to live our healthiest lives, but that he also designed us all so differently so that we can share things like culture and food with each other.
And do you know what happened? I had an AMAZING time connecting with my husband, other couples at our resort (at an awesome chef’s tasting dinner where nothing was keto), and connecting with the Mexican culture and cuisine. You guys! The food! We had everything from fine dining to $1 tacos, and my husband and I both agreed that the $1 tacos were probably our favorite (all the rest was wonderful as well). You know what else happened? I gained 5 pounds in 5 days. But I didn’t care one bit! The experience I got to have greatly outweighed (no pun intended) the increased number on the scale.
As soon as I got home I went right back to eating keto and working out 4 days a week. And that 5 pounds? It vanished as quickly as it came. Life truly is about balance. I’m so glad I can see that now. I’m so glad that I didn’t waste precious time NOT connecting with my husband because I was worried about “rules”. Only you can know what’s best for you, but I pray you find a way that allows you to live your life to the fullest.