Summer has finally arrived and you’ve been training and working hard to be beach ready and in great shape for it. Here’s some great easy tips so you can stay on track and keep those great results coming. And still have fun while you’re doing it!
It can can be very tempting to abandon your good sense of healthy eating on vacation. Although you may strive for healthy eating if you don’t put some thought into it and plan accordingly with clear intentions you can see your good work go up in smoke. Plan a little before and watch how well things go… and you’ll save money!
If you’re lucky enough to be travelling by air it’s easier than ever these days to request a low fat or vegetarian meal on airplane flights. If you choose to instead drive to your destination, the quest to find healthy food can get a bit more complicated but it’s still really workable with a bit of planning.
So instead the stereotypical fast food road trip fare take some time and simply pack some nutritious foods in a cooler with a couple of ice packs. Fruits, veggies, nuts, crackers, yogurt, hummus, avocado, and wraps or sandwiches are all great to have with you on the road.
You’ll feel better for eating right when you’re driving and won’t have those afternoon energy crashes because you’ll be well nourished. When we did extensive road trips through New Zealand we had so much fun with road snacks and they tasted absolutely delicious. Just hit an inexpensive store, purchase some basic utensils and you’ll have a little road kitchen before you know it.
If you can eat corn Real Foods has a delicious rice cake like Organic Corn Thins that we would load up with avocado, hummus and hemp seeds and whatever else was about and they were awesome. It also saved us a ton of money and gave us more travel time as we could just keep driving instead of doing pit stops at restaurants.
Once you arrive at your hotel, you should do yourself a favour and take a pass on the minibar key so you can avoid that temptation. If your hotel offers a continental breakfast, stick to fruits, cereals, and proteins. If your hotel has a stove or microwave, bring your own healthy food. You’ll enjoy getting out and shopping in the locations you’re visiting instead of doing the typical tourist restaurant experience. It’s fun getting out with the locals.
When you must eat out, do so only when you are hungry and choose wisely. Restaurants will usually serve large portions, so be careful of portion size and remember they probably don’t use as well sourced ingredients as you would at home. If you do go a bit over on a meal, simply cut back a bit on the next. There’s no point in letting it take the fun out of things by feeling guilty over it. After all you’re on holiday!
If you find it hard to fit in three square meals a day, try to fit in six smaller meals or snacks, as your body needs fuel every four hours or so. When you eat out, watch out for the appetizers…. They can be really overloaded with salt and fat. Whatever you do though, do not miss any meals.
As much as possible try to avoid eating large meals at night. When your body gets ready for sleep and slows down, it also burns calories at a much slower pace. So if the day has gone longer than planned try something that’s easy to digest and not too heavy.
It will help you to not be up all night digesting food and a lot of times it’s harder to get a good night sleep when you’re away from home so it’s a win win that way. You’ll always enjoy yourself more when you’re well rested to do whatever it takes to set the stage for a great night of sleep.
If you prepare properly eating healthy on vacation and staying consistent with your good habits isn’t really that difficult. All you have to do is use a little common sense, and pass up foods that you know aren’t good for you. This way, you’ll enjoy healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle wherever you go. And you’ll look and feel better for it!
So now that it’s vacation time, remember that eating healthy is a way of life and lifestyle. And it’s the lifestyle of choice that will take you where you want to go from a health and wellness point of view. It’s well worth putting in the effort to take good care of yourself.
That way you’ll enjoy your holidays more and you’ll experience a higher level of enjoyment because you are truly looking and feeling your best.
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