For many people, vacation is a time to let loose and be indulgent. However, if you’ve fought to maintain a healthy diet, the last thing you want to do is ruin it by being impulsive. If you’re not careful, chances are good that you’ll return from your trip heavier than when you left, meaning you’ll have to start all over again. Fortunately, it can be quite easy to make healthy choices during your vacation.
Your time at the airport is likely to be the most inactive period of your travels. Rather than sitting and waiting for the plane, have a stroll around the airport to see what interesting things it holds. There are likely many shops to browse, and some airports also feature stunning indoor water features and plant displays. If you start feeling hungry during your wait, resist the urge to buy the first decadent meal you find. Instead, try to choose healthier options like soups, sandwiches and baked chicken or fish. For the flight itself, it’s a good idea to take your own healthy snacks like fruit, nuts and yogurt.
At Your Hotel
One of the most important aspects to consider when you are planning to stay healthy on vacation is whether or not the hotel you have book has the necessary amenities and offerings that will allow you to maintain your lifestyle. This is a step that is often overlooked and travelers tend to pay the ultimate price in their waistline. I have found a little due diligence can go a long way in this aspect. I did some research prior to a trip in Nevada and found a great site that listed reviews for hotels in Las Vegas regarding their amenities and services as well as the restaurants in the nearby area. This was an immense help in planning out my healthy week.
The temptations you’ll face at your hotel can be some of the hardest to resist. Between the minibar, continental breakfast, vending machines and room service, you’re never more than a few feet away from junk food. An easy way to minimize this temptation is to refuse the key to your room’s minibar. It’ll also help you save some money. At the continental breakfast, seek out the healthy foods, such as fresh fruit, oatmeal and scrambled eggs, and fill up on those. Ignore things like fruit juice, pastries and sugary cereals.
On To Eat
It’s no fun to go on vacation and not eat out at the local restaurants, especially if you’re with friends or family. However, it’s important to make the experience as healthy as possible. Steer clear of buffets and all-you-can-eat places. Pick a restaurant with a varied menu so you have the greatest chance of finding nutritious and healthy foods. Furthermore, read through the menu items carefully. Avoid dishes containing the words breaded, buttered, slathered, drenched, loaded, coated, creamed, deep-fried, gooey or decadent. These adjectives often point to foods that are excessively high in calories and carbohydrates. Take care with your beverage as well. This is one high-calorie area that people often overlook while dieting.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with enjoying a drink or two, but the wrong choice could make or break your diet. It’s strongly recommended that you avoid anything fruity or mixed as these usually contain huge amounts of added sugar. Furthermore, go easy on the beer and hard liquor since they contain the greatest number of calories per drink. If you must have beer, choose a light beer. For hard liquor, avoid rum and whiskey and stick to their less-sweet counterparts like vodka and gin. If you really want to veer on the side of health, it’s best to choose wine instead. Besides being relatively low in sugar and calories, it actually possesses health benefits.