Hi there 🙂 If you don’t follow me on Instagram then you probably don’t know where I’ve been. If you do, then you know that I’ve spent the last 3 weeks in Estonia.
Summer holidays there are always the.best. – friends, slow days, sleeping in, sunshine, swimming, reading, cycling, walking, fresh air. I don’t go nuts with Estonian food anymore, I don’t eat the rye bread that has a lot of sugar and messes up my digestion very quickly, neither do I eat cakes or pastries daily. I do enjoy myself though but I don’t beat myself up about it.
I know very well what food makes me feel well and what doesn’t. I know that when I’m visiting home once a year I want to have a few treats and even if it’s not the best for my body, it’s good for my soul – I only go home once a year.
I love Estonian bread and was so happy to discover that there is now a great bread on the market that is made from oats. It’s not gluten free as it has some added to it but it is sugar free unlike most other bread there and I found my stomach could tolerate it fairly well. This oat bread with butter and cucumber was my breakfast on most days.
For lunch we’d stop at a cafe and have the usual Estonian lunch food – potatoes (boiled, oven roasted or fries), meat (schnitzel or meatloaf or meatballs), salad and gravy or/and sour cream.
For dinner we’d sometimes have pizza or most of the time I’d just have some bread and cucumber again. Doesn’t sound bad but in between there was beer (daily), cider (daily), some ice cream, some pastries, some Fanta, some chocolate, some cheese. That all adds up and is quite hard on my digestion, but like I said, I don’t beat myself up over what I eat on holidays.
When the days are long and not rushed, sitting in cute little cafes for a bit every day is the best. I read several books, the boys got to play some games on the iPad as most cafes have wifi.
Now I’ve been back home for almost 2 days and back to my gluten free/dairy free ways. The bloating is going, the tan is fading but I am happy and refreshed.
How much I exercised and whether I think exercise should be essential for weight maintenance will be covered in another post 🙂