Traveling is a time for us to try new things; most of the time that leads us to new food and drink indulgences. While we want to enjoy calorie filled treats its also important to try our best to stay on a healthy track while were away from home. We’ve come up with some easy tips to stay on track!
Pack your own snacks or healthy favorites.
One of the things that gets us into real trouble while traveling is the seemingly never-ending snacking that we do. Often times these snacks turn into unhealthy indulgences because they’re easy and quick. We rationalize that one bag of chips won’t hurt us, but then find ourselves eating 17 bags of chips throughout the duration of the trip. By packing your own snacks, you have the opportunity to pick options that satisfy higher protein and vitamin levels and less sodium and carbs.
Plan to cook if you have the option.
If you have the opportunity, try cooking while you’re on vacation. Although we want to relax when we are away, cooking can become part of that relaxation. Try making a dish that you’ve always wanted to try but never had the time. If you’re going somewhere with a vastly different culture, shop at their local stores and make something inspired by their cuisine. If, however, you decide that cooking will never be part of your relaxation regime, do research before arriving to your destination on restaurants in the area. Look at menus online if possible. This way you can prepare in advance and plan the types of meals you’d want to have.
Don’t indulge for every single meal.
Being on vacation means indulging on all types of things. We indulge by doing fun activities that aren’t available where we live, by spending more money than we usually do, and by eating and drinking things that don’t make a regular appearance in our day-to-day lives. Try to indulge on only one meal per day or a few times during your trip. You still get the fun aspect of consuming a few more calories than normal, but don’t completely jump off the bandwagon.
Don’t forget exercise.
Exercise not only keeps our bodies healthy, it also keeps our minds healthy. If you workout on a regular basis, make sure to incorporate some type of exercise in your vacation plans. This can mean 15 minutes in the morning before you start your day, or it can consist of a new class you’ve wanted to try but never had the time for. Additionally, perhaps you can find places to dine within walking distance. This not only encourages more movement on your vacation, but it’s a great way to see the location you’re staying in!
Eating slowly should be a habit that we exercise regardless of if we are dieting or not. Eating slowly allows our stomach and brain to be on the same page. It takes a while for our stomach to tell our brains that we are full and ready to be done eating. By taking our time we avoid the risk of overeating. It also helps us to savor the flavors in our food more fully, providing a better eating experience overall.
Drinking lots of water helps us to stay in diet-mode in a couple different ways. Often times we mistake boredom for hunger. By drinking a glass of water, we might realize that the feeling was actually just our brain tricking us into thinking we were hungry. Additionally, water fills your stomach similarly to the way food would. By drinking a cup of water before a meal you fill some of that space and will become fuller faster.
Get back on track when it’s said and done.
There are times on vacation that you’ll want to cheat. There are even entire vacations where you decide it’s okay to indulge as much as you want. After all, it is vacation isn’t it? The most important thing to stick to is getting back to your regime when you return home. It’s easy to fall off the wagon, especially when you’ve had your favorite junk food for the first time in 4 months. But it’s important to jump back into your healthy lifestyle when the fun and games are over.
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