Let’s call a spade a spade. Half of you are probably secretly wondering if I gained like 15 pounds while we were in Italy and the other half of you are like, Kat is talking about healthy living and watching paint dry is more exciting so we’re going to skip this post. Live and let live!
If I had to guess, I probably gained somewhere in the neighborhood of 3 pounds or so while we were in Italy. Whatever. I didn’t weigh myself before the trip, so this is art, not science. But it was vacation, we only ate carbs, When In Rome, and all of that.
The food in Italy was really wonderful. Pizza! Pasta! Focaccia! Tiramisu! Cannoli! Sfogliatelle! Arancini! Gelato! Panini!
The portions the restaurants served were very reasonable. The ingredients were fresh. We walked a great deal each day.
Eating those things (some or all of them) for a night out is one thing. But eating those things on a consistent basis for 17 days wreaked absolute havoc on my digestive system. Would I do it again in a heartbeat? Yes. Like I said, the food was wonderful. But (there is always a but), eating that way for that amount of time really crystalized for me why we eat the way that we do (high protein/vegetables/fruits, low processed carbs).
This is the first time I have come back from vacation and I really haven’t been worried about how many pounds I gained. Mostly, I just want to feel physically good again, which is crazy I am telling you! I remember when we got back from our honeymoon and the idea of having to lose vacation weight overwhelmed me. How far we have come!
I can already tell you that I’ve been off the Italian food bandwagon for 48 hours now and the difference is like night and day. I knew that when I started eating normal-to-me-food, I would start to feel more like myself (aka like my digestive system was functioning normally), but I had no idea that it would happen SO quickly. Truly, I just feel better. Now, I’m just looking forward to a season of springtime that is full of running and enjoying the gorgeous weather and getting the grill uncovered and cleaned up so that we can start doing dinners on the deck again!