Last week, I was in vacation for a few days in the beautiful city of New York. Let me tell you that I could have stayed another week just to see everything that was on my list. It is a huge city and soooo much to see and do!!!
Before leaving Montreal, I made sure we had healthy snacks for the long road we had ahead of us. For me, it’s super important to keep eating healthy during vacation otherwise all the efforts you did the previous weeks go straight in the garbage – heck no! -.
It’s all about planning!
So, what did I pack for the road?
2- Healthy home-made muffins
4- Dried fruits
5- 2 Bottles of water (frozen so it stays fresh all day)
6- Had a list of good places to stop for lunch/dinner in case we needed it.
The thing is, when you arrive in a new city, you have this feeling of wanting to try food like ”NYC famous pizza” or eating like New Yorkers ”Hot Dog on the streets”. But you have to keep in mind, your goals and remember not to splurge in junk food. It’s ok to have ONE cheat meal, but don’t make it a ”cheat day…or week” while on vacation.
When you go on vacation, remember that you shouldn’t derail your healthy eating habits. Entering your getaway with some ideas about how to eat healthy while still enjoying yourself (and indulging a little) will keep you on track. After all, nobody wants to return from vacation with an extra couple of pounds as a souvenir. Here are my 5 tips for you:
Tip #1: WATER! Keep all systems going by drinking your daily water requirement. Traveling can dehydrate you, and so can being out in the sun more than your body is used to. If you can, stock your car, backpack, or hotel room with ice-cold bottles of water. Bring water everywhere you go.
- Avoid coffee and caffeinated drinks. While they do give you a short energy burst, the drop when caffeine wears off can make you even more tired. For stable energy levels, drink plenty of water and eat healthy, whole foods that keep blood sugar levels from spiking and dropping.
Tip #2: EXERCISE! I brought with me my home fitness dvd during my vacations (PiYo). This is what I highly recommend is to bring with you some kind of workouts you will enjoy doing while on vacation. If you fear that your efforts to make healthy choices are not enough and you don’t want to come back from vacation pounds heavier, make time for exercise. Play a game of tennis with your partner, take a nature hike or go on a historical walk of a downtown area.
Tip #3: SUPERFOODS! As a health and fitness coach, I always bring with me my Shakeology. Having my shake once a day helps to curb the cravings or sweets. It’s filled with natural superfoods, vitamins and proteins that will make you feel full for 2-3 hours. Also, fill up on healthy foods at the breakfast or lunch buffet, especially if you are staying at a resort. Focus on getting plenty of fresh fruits, salads and greens, and whole grains such as oatmeal. Then, if you are forced to eat some lesser healthy meals throughout the day, you will have at least eaten plenty of produce and fiber at one or two meals.
Tip #4: AVOID FAST FOOD! Whether you drive or fly to your destination, it’s hard to escape the presence of fast food restaurants. When you’re in a hurry or have limited options available for meals (as is common during road trips), resorting to a value meal is all too convenient. Plan ahead when you’re traveling. If driving across country, pack sandwiches and fruit in a cooler. If you’re flying, you can almost always find a kiosk or store selling fruit, yogurt and packaged salads. It all gets back to making smart choices on the ordinary meals so you can take more liberties with dinner or dessert.
- Remember, a vacation isn’t an excuse to throw all of your healthy eating habits to the wind. Aim to still consume well-balanced meals and nutrient-rich foods while on vacation the majority of the time. By doing so, the indulgences you do consume won’t be a big deal.
TIP #5: DON’T SKIP MEALS! Especially breakfast. Meals are super important to your metabolism as for snacks as well. If you skip meals, you will tend to eat twice as much on your next meal which results of gaining weight. Hunger and fatigue can quickly undermine your efforts to eat healthy. Eating regularly can also help keep your energy level is at its peak.
Here is a Travel Check List that you can print off ! (click the image to enlarge)
Use it when you’ll be travelling to your favorite destination! That way you will be sure you have everything you need on the road or plane !
Have fun with it and feel free to add other stuff on your sheet too!
Most importantly: Enjoy your vacations!
I hope my post was helpful to you 🙂
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