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4 Ways to Stick to Your Diet on Your Next Vacation

June 1, 2015
4 Ways to Stick to Your Diet on Your Next Vacation

4 Ways to Stick to Your Diet on Your Next Vacation

The time has finally come! You have waited all year for your upcoming vacation, and you can’t wait to jet set and leave the daily stress of work behind. You can stay out late, sleep in, explore new places, and try new foods. However, before you take off, you remember that you’ve been dieting for months and have had great success so far! You are so close to your goal weight and don’t want to blow your chances of meeting it while traveling.

Whether you are taking a road trip to a neighboring state or you are flying across the globe for a lavish European or beach vacation, sticking to your diet while traveling can be tough. Convenience becomes a priority over health when you’re constantly on the go, and it can be difficult to find healthy options.

A lot of people fall victim to decadent foods that taste great, but aren’t diet friendly, while traveling. And everyone can understand why. From the minute you step into the airport or hit the highway for a road trip, you are immediately surrounded with unhealthy options. Fast food is everywhere, and trying to find a meal that is truly healthy might prove to be impossible.

Fear not! There are ways to stick to your diet while traveling. Even though you may not follow your diet plan perfectly every single day, it’s always good to seek out the healthier options and really challenge yourself to say no to that cheesecake, and yes to a plate of fresh fruit.

So before you head on your traveling endeavors, be sure to take these 4 tips into consideration to help you stick to your diet. These tips include:

1. Plan ahead
2. Stick to your routine
3. Be your own chef
4. Portion control

1. Plan Ahead

You’ve heard it before and you will hear it again: the success to dieting in any circumstance is planning ahead. Even if you aren’t going out of town, planning your meals in advance is your one way ticket to success when it comes to dieting.

Even though planning ahead may sound like it will take the fun out of a spontaneous travel adventure, it is a proven method to help you avoid bad foods.

For your trips, you know where you will be going and you know where you will be staying. In addition to planning some fun activities, try planning out where you will have some of your meals. A lot of restaurants have online menus, so take a look over those menus in advance and seek out the places with healthy options.

Additionally, snacking tends to be a huge culprit of weight gain while traveling. To avoid feeling the urge to chow down at your nearest McDonald’s when you’re hungry, bring some heart healthy snacks with you. That way, when hunger strikes, you are prepared and able to put an end to it before making a poor diet choice!

2. Stick to Your Routine

Routines may seem like a bore, but they become your best friend when trying to diet and exercise. For people who have been trying for months or years to slim down, routines become your saving grace; and taking your routine with you on vacation is of the utmost importance.

It’s no secret that when your routine gets out of whack, you slack on exercise and you eat foods that aren’t the best for you. So whenever possible, try sticking to your regular routine while on vacation.

Wake up at the same time as usual, eat your meals in the same general time frame, and ensure that you are getting your workouts in. Even though these things aren’t always possible to accomplish while vacationing, even just taking the time to do them occasionally will make you feel so much better about yourself!

3. Be Your Own Chef

Eating out while vacationing is incredibly tempting. You are usually surrounded by amazing restaurants with deliciously decadent foods—and saying no to that is no easy task.

When you have the time and resources to do so, being your own chef is one of the best ways to stick to your diet. You are able to pick out the ingredients and assemble your own meals, ensuring you know exactly what you are putting into your body.

Some simple items you can create yourself (without a kitchen) are salads, sandwiches, and soups! These easy to make items can all be made healthy if you choose the right ingredients, and can help eliminate the chance of slipping up on eating healthy!

4. Portion Control

Another golden rule of dieting to take on your vacation is portion control. This tactic will not only serve you well while out of town, it will also help you to cut back on a daily basis. We all know it’s impossible not to indulge yourself with amazing food while vacationing, so when these opportunities come, try your best to control your calorie intake with smaller portions.

This method is the way to get the best of both worlds. You can still enjoy amazing and authentic cuisine, but by doing so in moderation you will feel guilt free afterwards!

At the end of the day, you shouldn’t deprive yourself of enjoying a bit of R&R while on vacation. Even though it’s good to try your best to stick to your diet and exercise routine, the most important thing to do on vacation is enjoy yourself! A few days of sleeping in, drinking wine, and eating some amazing food won’t completely set you back on all of the progress you’ve made.

Better yet, when you get back from vacation you will be feeling more motivated and ready to hit the ground running (pun intended) than ever! Even though we all love our vacation time, there is something about our daily routine that is comfortable and enjoyable. You will instantly snap back into your workout regimen and will be ready to detox your body.

Healthy Recipes, Weight Loss

September’s Healthy Eggs Ole Recipe

September 4, 2014
Healthy eggs ole recipe

Photo credit: Jay Wilde

Summer is still in full swing here in Phoenix, AZ. The weather is warm, the sun is shining and bikinis are being worn on the regular. Even though it’s difficult to keep motivated and stay in “beach-bod” shape as the fall months approach, now is as a good a time as any to keep your diet and fitness regimen in check!

For this month’s healthy recipe, we are taking a spicy take on a breakfast dish that is loaded with protein: Eggs Ole! This recipe comes from the mecca of health, Fitness Magazine, and it is simple to make for your busy mornings.

As all fitness freaks know, eggs are one of the go-to options when you are trying to eat a high protein meal while eliminating as much fat as possible. In order to energize yourself enough to keep up your exercise routine, eggs are a must to include into your daily diet.

But don’t stick with the same old, boring hardboiled egg. Switch it up and add a little bit of south-of-the-border to your morning!

One of the best things about this particular recipe is that if you are really wanting to cut back on calories, you can always use an egg substitute instead of real eggs. Regardless of what you choose to add to this simple recipe, you will be sure to start your morning off right, feeling energized!

Try this recipe and many other easy, healthy breakfast recipes from


• 2 large eggs (or ½ cup of egg substitute)
• 2 tablespoons of salsa
• 1 tablespoon of guacamole
• 2 teaspoons of hot sauce (optional)


• Crack the eggs (or pour the egg substitute) into a preheated, nonstick skillet over high heat, breaking the yolks
• Cook each side for 50 seconds, or until fully cooked
• Top with remaining ingredients
• Enjoy with one handful of baked tortilla chips

Nutritional facts per serving:

1 serving: 287 calories 16 grams of fat 4 grams of saturated

Weight Loss

Gastrointestinal Issues Straight from the Doctor: Part 2

December 2, 2013


In Gastrointestinal Issues Straight from the Doctor: Part 1 from last month, we discussed some of the basics regarding gastrointestinal issues. These explained why some people find themselves addicted to food or sick during stressful and emotional times in their lives. To continue the topic of gastrointestinal issues, let’s start off with a quick fact.

Did you know that your gut is actually your main immune system? Well it is, and if that is surprising enough, 70% of your limp nods are found in your gut. This causes skin problems, muscle and joint pain, as well as fatigue. A great way to keep those things from happening to you is by clean eating.

At DreamBody Medical Centers, we see a lot of patients come through with various health related issues. They come to us to find test and find to problem, which then allows us to find a solution as well. The first thing I typically do when someone comes in is food testing. This used to be done strictly for stomach issues, however nowadays, we do this test for a number of other reasons such as obesity, fatigue and acne.

Example 1

A 45 year old woman came in to do HCG for her third time. She was trying to lose 15 those last 15 pounds. What I told her may surprise you, but instead of signing her up for a third round of HCG I said “Save your money! Let’s do a food allergy test.” So we did the test and it turns out she had a severe strawberry allergy. I had her cut strawberries out of her diet for 6 months and she lost that 15 pounds without dieting or doing HCG.

Example 2

An obese man came into our office wanting to lose weight. He had to lose 150 pounds before he could even start the HCG diet. I decided to do an allergy test on him and from that test; I had him eliminate 8 foods from his diet. Within 2 months, he lost 50 pounds and went on to lose 100 pounds total over the course of 6 months.

These are just two of the many examples I have that show how doing a simple food test and eliminating one or more foods from your diet can help you to lose weight!

From Dr. Budnick

HCG Diet, Lipotropic B-12, Weight Loss

Can You Lose Weight with B-12 Injections?

September 10, 2013


One of the most common questions we get asked is if you can lose weight with B-12 injections. If you are looking for a simple answer, the answer is yes. Yes, you can lose weight with B-12 injections. However, if you are looking for something a bit more detailed and in-depth, you came to the right place.

About B-12 Injections

B-12 injections are exactly what their name suggests: injections of the vitamin B-12, along with other vitamins, into your body. While B-12 injections alone do not make you lose a large amount of weight, they are often used in conjunction with the HCG diet and/or other weight loss methods which often result in weight loss.

B-12 injections are known to correctly maintain the functioning of the brain and the entire nervous program. We offer three different types of B-12 injections at DreamBody, each one better than the last.

1. The first level of B-12 injections we offer is straight B12 Methylcobalamin. This injection helps to increase the patient’s energy and promote a healthy immune system.

2. The second level of B-12 injections we offer includes amino acids, which help to break down the patient’s fat.

3. The third level of B-12 injections we offer is called the Super B-12. It is a combination of Vitamin C, B-12 and all of the B vitamins. This injection helps promote a better immune system, decrease fat and increase energy.

Depending on the level of B-12 Injections you choose, the injection can actually work to break down your fat. We recommend that B-12 injections be received in conjunction with the HCG diet. Whether the name HCG is completely new to you or you are curious as to what you can expect while on the diet, take a look at our related blog post titled: “What to Expect While on HCG” to learn everything you need to know about the diet.

HCG Diet, Weight Loss

What to Expect While on HCG

July 25, 2013

What to Expect While on HCG

The unexpected can be one of the scariest parts about starting a new diet or making any new changes in your life for that matter. This is especially true for the
HCG diet
program. A lot of people are unsure of what the
diet program
entails, how they will feel while on it and what to expect overall. Because we have helped so many people start the HCG diet and lose weight, we can tell you what you can expect while on this life changing diet program!

To begin, let’s run through the basics of the program. HCG stands for Human Chorionis Gonadotropic. HCG is a hormone that is produced in women during pregnancy to convert the woman’s fat to calories for the baby, which speeds up the mother’s
. Even though this hormone is usually found in women, this HCG diet is still also intended for men.

The DreamBody HCG
Diet Program
is always managed by a physician to ensure the patient’s health and safety. You will follow a fat-free diet of 500 calories a day while receiving the HCG injections – this will lead to a 15-35 lb weight loss over the course of 20-40 days. [Quick tip: Always have foods measured out by calories to ensure you stick to the plan.] Additionally, you can expect to feel a bit sluggish at the start of the diet plan which is why we highly suggest supplementing with B-12 injections to boost your energy!

This diet program is unique in the sense that it allows you to
lose the weight fast
. While 500 calories may not seem like a lot, working in conjunction with the HCG injections and
B-12 injections
, you can expect to have energy, lose weight, and feel great!

* Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed.