How to Eat Healthy While on Vacation

Written by Guest Blogger on August 11, 2013 in Wellness - No comments
nutrition | healthy eating | Vegan and vegetarian diets

By Guest Blogger Cole Millen

If you are like most people, you have worked hard to establish healthy eating habits before your vacation. You probably cut carbs, went to the gym, and cut out fast food from your diet completely to get the perfect body for your vacation. Wouldn’t it be a shame to throw away all of that hard work you put in for preparation for vacation? Here are few things you can do to make sure you do not sabotage your healthy eating habits and still enjoy a variety of foods while on vacation.

Remember, your vacation starts from the moment you leave your home and lasts until the time you arrive back. If you are in a hurry to catch your flight or pick up your rental car, it may be tempting to grab some fast food. This is why it is important to plan ahead and prepare your own food for your trip.

A good rule of thumb to keep in mind when preparing your own travel food is to pack an assortment of fruits, vegetables, and low fat foods. Many experts say to eat different colored foods such as tomatoes, bananas, and celery to make sure that you are getting adequate nutrition. Also, keep in mind not to drink too many calories. Many drinks such as sodas and juices contain large amounts of sugar. It is a good idea to get used to drinking water instead of sugary drinks. Consuming too many sugars can ruin any diet or workout plan.

If you decide to fly to reach your vacation destination, make sure to eat a healthy meal before you get there. This will help you resist the temptation to eat unhealthy food. If you arrive early for your flight, do something physical while you wait. Try walking around if you are in a large airport. You would be surprised how much short intervals of exercise can help your fitness goals.

If you plan in advance, you can find a health friendly hotel that will serve a healthy breakfast with foods such as boiled eggs, fruits, and whole grains.  Most hotels have gyms that have weights and cardio machines. You can search for one or talk to people who have vacationed in the area before. Request a room that has a microwave and refrigerator so you can go grocery shopping once you get to your room. Purchasing food to cook in your room saves you money and is healthier than most foods you can find while on vacation. If you are going to the beach, fill up your ice chest with healthy foods and drinks so you won’t have to walk over to a local fast food restaurant and ruin your diet.

Finding the appropriate hotel with the amenities that you need, can often be extremely difficult. For this reason due diligence is pivotal in a healthy vacation. I have found reviews from other travelers to be extremely helpful when determining truthful information. On my latest trip out west I found a great site called Gogobot that listed reviews for Las Vegas hotels regarding everything from their own amenities to the restaurants in the area. There was even a travel guide that offered things to do. This was extremely helpful in maintain a healthy lifestyle even in the buffet wasteland.

Just because you are watching your diet does not mean that you cannot go out to restaurants while you are on vacation. Almost every restaurant that you can go to has a healthy menu. If the healthy items are not highlighted on the menu, just look for items that are baked, broiled, grilled, and fat free. Try to resist the temptation to get anything that is fried. You can look at the menu before you arrive and pick out a few healthy alternatives that will fit your diet.

Following these tips will ensure that you will not waste all of the hard work you put in before your vacation. You will thank yourself later for sticking to your healthy eating habits.

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