How to eat healthy while on vacation

Life Style_Couple-walking on beach-closeup_IS-000014455311_RF-S_cmykIt’s that getaway you’ve long been waiting for – a chance to relax, get a change of scenery and let loose on your own terms. The “why not, I’m on vacation” saying can quickly become a regular mantra while traveling; vacation time can easily become a tricky time for waistlines. From breakfast buffets to tempting main course offerings and decadent desserts, those vacation calories can easily add up. Below are a few tips to help you eat healthy while on vacation.

  • Do your research – Have a restaurant hot spot you’ve been eyeing? Before you head there, check out their online menu to see what low-calorie, low-fat options are available. Planning ahead can make all the difference!
  • Eat smart, regularly – Much like any other day, it’s important to eat regular, small meals while on vacation. Don’t let overeating get the best of you. Rather than fries, pizza and other calorie-rich menu items, try to load up on veggies, lean meats and fruit.
  • Limit your caffeine and alcohol intake – While traveling, it may be better to skip the exotic-sounding drink with the cute umbrella, as well as that specially whipped coffee. While black coffee only has 2 calories, the calories quickly pile up when you add heavy whipping cream (52 calories), sugar (49 calories) and half-and-half (20 calories). Did you know that the standard, 1.5 ounce serving of 80-proof alcohol has 96 calories? This is before the addition of mixers. The calories in alcoholic drinks and coffee can quickly sabotage an otherwise-healthy vacation diet. Remember, moderation is key!
  • Stay hydrated – Try to drink as much water as possible, at a minimum of eight 8-ounce glasses per day. Zero-calorie drinks can also serve as a great option as well. Filling up on water is not only a healthy option for hydration, but can also help you to stay fuller longer and avoid overeating.
  • Make time to exercise – Just like while at home, try to fit in a regular exercise schedule while on vacation. No gym available? No problem! Try walking as much as possible to your destinations while traveling. What’s important is that you keep active and keep your metabolism up, helping your body to more readily burn off fat and calories.

While pampering yourself some much-needed rest and relaxation, remember to have fun, stay active and keep your food and drink indulgences in check. That way, you won’t need a vacation from your vacation when you get home.


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