One of the biggest things I encountered while living in Taiwan was all the guys I worked with that moved to Taiwan the same time I did lost a ton of weight, and most of the girls gained weight – including myself. I didn’t understand how this was happening. I knew a bunch of the girls I had kept in contact with since training would have more late nights and downtown Taipei dinner dates than I, but I was still one of the many that gained weight. Why? How? I was constantly moving around – going on scooter adventures, hiking, swimming, surfing. I didn’t understand.
I soon started to realize that a lot of the women, including myself would resort back to junk food and western foods. I was always looking for that delicious sandwich shop and the local fried rice stand. I was looking for comfort food rather than eating what the locals ate which consisted more of fish, white rice and liquids. Another thing I realized was the winter’s in Taiwan were COLD! Believe it or not. So naturally I wanted to curl up in a ball after work, stay warm and watch movies. Barely exercised…
Once I started backpacking through SE Asia, I noticed myself losing weight and feeling way more healthy. I had more energy and wanted to explore more than normal. It could’ve been because of my wanderlust, or maybe I was overall a more healthy person.
What was I doing differently?
Eat the local food
I was eating the local food for the most part in Taiwan, however, I did resort to junk food and 7 Eleven a lot. Eating more of the local food and going to the local markets helped me remember to eat more fruits and less processed foods.
Drink lots of water and bring a reusable water bottle
I never drank as much water as I did when I was backpacking SE Asia. We went during the summer there so it felt ten times as hot as it probably was. I was sweating constantly and always felt like I was dehydrated. It turned me into a water chugging maniac and even today I feel like I have to drink a gallon of water or more.
Find outside activities to do
Like I was talking about above – It was cold in Taiwan and I just wanted to cuddle. But while backpacking I knew that I would only be in this specific area for a short period of time and wanted to see and do EVERYTHING! Being outside is one of my favorite things to do and definitely helped me lose weight and stay healthy.
Give yourself “YOU” time
This is a big one. When you’re traveling you feel like you want to do everything (like I said I was above) and you tend to be with people a lot. It’s nice to be alone sometimes. One of my favorite things to do on Sundays is go to the market, take a shower and put a face mask on, drink some tea and write or read a book. Be alone. Sundays are for rest and I take full advantage of that time even when traveling.
Write, Read, Pray, Meditate
They say writing is a form of therapy. I agree. But I also know that for some it helps to pray or meditate to clear their mind and relax. Being healthy isn’t just about eating clean and exercising, make sure you’re taking care of your mind, too.
What works best for you when it comes to staying healthy?