Travelling/vacation can be a time of over-indulgence. Here are a few tips I use to make sure I stay on track.
1. Plan ahead – Don’t wait until you’re hangry; that is how you make unhealthy choices. If you’re cooking your own meals, do a grocery run ahead of time. If you’re eating out, have a look at the menu beforehand and commit to a healthy option.
2. Stay well hydrated – Drinking plenty of water will ensure that you’re eating when you’re actually hungry and not just thirsty.
3. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables – Fruits and vegetables are loaded with water and fibre to keep you full for longer.
4. Watch for added and hidden fats/sugars – This is a quick way to add unnecessary calories (usually hidden in fruit juices and salad dressings). Use fresh lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to dress salads and veggies instead.
5. Pack healthy snacks – Fruit makes a great snack as many come in their own wrapper (like bananas). They are rich in fibre, which will keep you full too. Nuts and seeds are also an option – just make sure you don’t overindulge as these are a high-fat snack (albeit healthy fat).
6. Limit alcohol – This is a tough one on vacation, but if you can at least swap out mixed cocktails that are loaded with extra sugars, you’ll be better off. For example, try swapping out that piña colada for a vodka soda with lime for a lower calorie option.
7. Stay active – You may not be able to access a gym, but you can choose to walk instead of taking an Uber, do an active excursion, or get involved in beach volleyball or poolside salsa dancing. There are also great YouTube videos that use only body weight to keep you moving.