I used to think that going on vacation was an excuse to eat poorly. However, as I learned more about healthy living, I found out that there are ways to eat healthy while on vacation. Here are 9 tips that can help you on the road to eating healthy while relaxing on the beach or touring city streets.
1. Pack Your Own Snacks
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Whether you are going on a road trip or riding an airplane, it would be a good idea to pack your own snacks for the trip. This way, you can avoid buying highly processed, high calorie food. Pick your snacks according to the travel time. Try packing trail mix without the chocolate, a variety of sandwiches, fruits, granola, or whole grain crackers. For your beverage, bring water or fruit juice with less sugar. (Of course, if you're riding an airplane, remember safety regulations.)
2. Make Healthy Choices
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Don't just order anything on the menu that makes your mouth water; find something healthy. The words steamed, broiled, or grilled usually indicate healthier food options.
3. Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables
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Don't make being away from home an excuse to miss out on your fruits and vegetables. You must remember to still get your five servings everyday. This will help you get your daily fiber and avoid problems with your bowel movement.
4. Enjoy Healthy Desserts
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Choose desserts that are low in calories and cholesterol and high in fiber. Yogurt and fruits are examples of delicious, healthy desserts.
5. Watch the Portions
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Food portions vary from restaurant to restaurant. If you can, ask for a smaller portion. If you can't do that, then don't feel obligated to finish the whole dish.
6. Stay Hydrated
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If you feel that you are always hungry, chances are you are just thirsty. Drinking water throughout the day keeps you full and refreshed. Water drowns your cravings for carbohydrates and other comfort food. Bring your water bottle on your vacation and stay hydrated.
7. Stay Away from Soda and Alcohol
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Both types of beverages cause dehydration. Just to make things clear, it is not the carbonated water in the soda that dehydrates you; it's the caffeine. As for alcohol, it acts a diuretic and makes you lose water faster than you take it in.
8. Have One Treat a Day
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Don't completely restrict yourself from having a local delicacy. Instead, buy yourself one treat every day. Stick to fruits and other healthy treats for the rest of the day.
9. Listen to Your Body
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Eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full. Learn to identify whether it is hunger or thirst. The best way to eat healthy, whether at home or while on vacation, is to listen to the signs your body is giving you.
Eating healthy while on vacation is not impossible to do. Just make conscious choices regarding food and beverage. With these tips, along with walking or any exercise, you can regulate your weight while still enjoying yourself. Are there any tips you follow while on vacation to stay healthy? I'm sure our readers would love to know.
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