173. Vacationing with mom and sister who eat and exercise differently

By: Michael Beiter

 

My 41 year old lady client went on vacation with her sister and mother.
She ate, drank, stayed up late, and did the typical vacation things to her heart's content.
 
She felt like ass by day 3.
 
"I had lots of heart burn. I never have heart burn at home. I looked at my sleep and was getting less than 4 hours of good sleep nightly because we had so much booze. My gut felt gassy, bloated, and I was just unhappy."
 
For a whole week when she got back she felt these hangover effects.
 
She decided in the future she would make different decisions. She will still vacation with her family, but she is prepared to have a conversation with about what she noticed after eating and drinking that way.
 
It will go like this:
 
"Hey mom and sis. We have our annual trip coming up. I experienced some distress last time because of how we ate and drank. I'm planning on making different decisions next time. I was thinking about putting a limit on my daily drinks, being in bed by a certain time and making sure I get some exercise in each day.
 
I don't want to feel like I need a vacation from my vacation when I get home.
 
What do you two think about some of these changes? Do you have any ideas on how we could be healthier when we vacation? I would love your input."
 
The last piece is crucial. No one likes to be told what to do. When you involve other in decision making they are much more likely to stick to the plan.
 
This approach works very well. But, she is prepared to fully do these things on her own if her traveling partners don't agree.
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