On vacation, we all enjoy indulging in some of our favourite foods; however, for those maintaining a strict diet, this means breaking calorie restrictions; consuming an improper ratio of fats, proteins and other micro and macro-nutrients; as well as eating at irregular intervals. While some travellers prefer to leave their diets at home, you don’t need to do the same. With a little planning, you can still adhere to a diet on vacation.
Eat out Less Often
Just because you’re living out of a hotel room for one week does not mean that you cannot make yourself meals. Visit the local grocery store and see what you can put together for simple meals and snacks. Snacks, particularly, are important because when you’re on-the-go in a new place, you’ll feel the greatest temptations to indulge.
Careful What You Eat out
Realistically, you’re going to visit at least one restaurant on your vacation. Even if you eat out once a day, this doesn’t have to be a diet disaster if you’re cautious. Consider the following:
- Restaurants serve over-sized portions;
- Restaurant meals are often high in calories and fat;
- Restaurants do not always post accurate (or specific) nutritional information.
Because of the above, you need to research your restaurants before eating at them and stop yourself from finishing the full meal. There is nothing wrong with requesting a take-home box.
Understand the Difference between Thirst and Hunger
Surprisingly, we often eat when we’re not even hungry—just thirsty. When travelling, it’s common not to drink enough water (and sometimes imbue a bit too much pop and alcohol). Consequently, we have greater appetites and stronger cravings. So always pack water whenever you go out for the day.
Food for Thought on Healthy Vacations
When all is said and done, food is part of exploring a new location. Through eating, we try new restaurants, experience new cultures and, most importantly, taste new food! So, if you find yourself eating more on vacation, here’s how to combat larger food portions.
- Take the stairs opposed to the elevator;
- Avoid eating right before bed;
- Get a cocktail or dessert to help control your calorie intake and the amount of sugar entering your body;
Incorporate activities into your vacation like hiking, bike riding or swimming to burn any surplus calories consumed throughout the day.