Cole Millen is an avid traveler and foodie who never forgets that life’s best memories are made through real life apprehension of legitimate “experiences.” http://colemill.blogspot.com/
Taking a much-needed vacation is one of the great pleasures of life. Time away from the stress of work and your regular routine is a good thing. However, that very break in your routine can present some pitfalls to be avoided. For example, you may find yourself eating unhealthy foods in large amounts. Let’s look at a few ways to eat healthy so that your vacation does not end up with you packing on the pounds.
Bring your own snack on the plane or for that road trip. This makes it less likely you will stop at a convenience store or vending machine for unhealthy snacks. Some great choices for healthy snacks are trail mix, unbuttered popcorn, apples, hummus, granola, plums, and pears. You will want to eat fresh produce before traveling to an international destination to avoid running afoul of customs regulations.
Picking the Right Hotel
While it is often overlooked, picking the right hotel can be the most important aspect of remaining healthy on vacation. After all, you are living there during your stay. For this reason, make sure that the hotel you choose has all the appropriate amenities and offerings to ensure that you can maintain your lifestyle even while away. The best way to do this is to read reviews from other travelers regarding the different aspects of the hotel and area. On my recent trip to Sin City I found a great site that listed the reviews for Las Vegas hotels regarding not only their amenities and services, but also the restaurants nearby along with things to do. This type of information from people that have experienced it first makes it so much easier to plan ahead and have an enjoyable vacation without having to stress about how to stay healthy.
It may sound obvious, but it can be easy to not pay attention to eating only when we are truly hungry. There are so many opportunities to eat during your vacation that you can get out of a healthy mindset very easily. Just try to notice when you are no longer hungry and stop eating at that point. But an occasional indulgence is just fine. It is a vacation after all.
Thinking of eating out as a special reward usually leads to overindulging. In turn, this gives you permission to eat too much. This attitude probably comes from the fact that eating out is relatively rare for many people.
One way to avoid this tendency is by eating smaller portions. You should also keep in mind that many restaurants give you generous portions. You can eat a good-sized meal at the restaurant and bring home what you don’t eat. Many hotels offer fridges where you can keep your extra food for lunch the following day. If not, just bring back items that will not spoil.
Try and pick the healthy choices and avoid fried foods and foods with lots of carbs. These types of foods are calorie-dense and not good for your heart. If you are eating bread, go for the whole grain variety. This type of bread will prevent blood sugar spikes that lead to weight gain and increase your risk of developing diseases like diabetes. Make sure that you are going for choices like grilled chicken and salmon. These will provide you with a delicious meal while also nourishing your body with the right nutrients.
Walking is a great way to burn off calories from your meal. It is also something that fits right in with a vacation. You can scout out some sights that you might otherwise have missed, all while getting in some exercise. You can also burn extra calories by carrying your own luggage, taking the stairs instead of the elevator.