The No Guilt Guide to Italy: Vino, Gelato and Sweat Sessions!

About a month ago I had the privilege of going on an amazing vacation to Italy! I had the most fabulous time with some super fabulous people. When I told people I was going on this trip, most responded about all of the food I would eat, how I am going to eat so much pasta, and about how I shouldn’t weigh myself when I get back. I was not concerned by any of these things; I was excited to tackle Italy and everything it had to offer. Here is a little play-by-play of my workouts and nutrition while in Italy!

Breakfast: Most days I either skipped this meal or kept it super simple. I enjoyed scrambled eggs with Parmesan cheese and fresh tomatoes in Tuscany, and yogurt and fruit when we were on the go in the mornings.Maddy3

Lunch: When we were on the coast in Cinque Terre, we enjoyed going to the market in the mornings to get locally grown ingredients for a tasty salad, some fruit, or a light homemade pasta dish. In Siena, we found some fun hidden restaurants back in the city and enjoyed some regional pasta and wild bore. I even tried Osso Buca, which originated in Italy, and is a cross-cut of veal shanks braised with vegetables, white wine, and broth. YUM!

Dinner: Dinner was my favorite meal in Italy! We tried so many restaurants that were off the beaten path and owned by wonderful Italian families. Often times we would all order something different and share so we all got a little taste of each. This style of eating kept me from inhaling every tasty thing that was on my plate, and I ate slower because I was trying things off of other peoples’ plates. This kept me from getting too full so I could have more room for gelato and wine!


GELATO!!! This is its own meal because I ate gelato 8 out of the 10 days I was there, and it was AWESOME! I never once regretted eating the tasty Italian dessert. It is important to be conscious of your sweet indulgences. Make sure that you LOVE every single bite! Once you get too full, or you don’t really care for the flavor, toss it or share it with your travel companion. DO NOT eat something unless it tastes good and you feel good about eating it.


Wine!!! Another wonderful treat that gets its own category! I definitely drank more wine than I usually do, but I was cautious of my wine intake because I did go on this trip as a nanny. This is why I chose more gelato than wine.

Walking: My number one workout was walking! When we weren’t walking around and enjoying the cities, we would find nature hikes to go on, giant clock towers to climb, or huge cathedrals to wander through. I took it upon myself to walk as much as possible and see as much of Italy as I could.

Bodyweight Workouts:

   #1: 3-5 rounds 45 sec on/15 sec off

  • Short Sprints
  • Push-ups
  • Squat Jumps
  • RKC Plank

#2: 10/8/6/4/2 bear crawl and burpees

EX: Bear crawl from point A to point B and do 10 burpees, then bear crawl from point B to point A and do 8 burpees, etc, until you have finished with 2 burpees and your final bear crawl back to point A.

#3: 3-5 rounds of:

  • 25 Jumping Jacks
  • 20 Mountain Climbers each leg
  • 15 Jump Squats
  • 10 Push-ups
  • 5 Burpees

#4: Hill Sprints

#5: Grab a friend, or your favorite grumpy baby, and go for a walk/jog/run through the countryside or through the city! This is one of my favorite ways to discover new sites, restaurants, and beautiful views. If you are comfortable with it, don’t be afraid to get a little lost and explore the new and exciting           place you are visiting.



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