By: Cole Millen
Our guest author is Cole Millen, an avid traveler and foodie who never forgets that life’s best memories are made through real life apprehension of legitimate “experiences.” He is also the author of Cole’s Mill.
Vacation is a time to have fun and to let loose. It can be a great idea to let go of the stress and chaos of everyday life. But, a vacation is certainly not a reason to toss your healthy eating habits out the window. While irresistible culinary escapades can very much be a part of your trip, it might certainly help to use caution and restraint while eating out. You might have worked endlessly to get rid of the excess weight before your much-anticipated vacation, so it’s understandable that you do not want to reverse all your hard work on your holiday.
After a vacation, wouldn’t it be great to go home rejuvenated and relaxed rather than heavier and frustrated at your lack of control? The useful tips below can help you maintain your healthy eating habits even during a vacation.
The Flight Journey
First and foremost, make sure to eat a healthy and filling meal prior to your departure to prevent impulsive eating. As much as possible, avoid temptations on the plane and at the airport. Rather than taking the elevator, use the stairs. You should walk around, whenever possible, to keep your metabolism high and your circulation strong after flying or prolonged sitting. Eat before you depart for the airport. Always opt for healthier foods such as fruits, veggies and salads, and yogurt rather than purchasing fried snacks, processed foods, and soda. Pack your own servings of snacks that are rich in fiber and protein to stay full through your journey. Read the labels. Low fat, low-calorie, or sugar-free does not necessarily mean healthy!
Picking A Hotel
Where you stay might influence your activity levels. If you stay in a hotel that is a gourmet haven, chances are you will be too tempted to resist. Pick a hotel that is more conducive to outdoor activities such as a hiking or bike riding. Check the facility for health-friendly amenities such as a gym and swimming pool that can keep you in shape. As far as possible, opt for walking or public transportation. It is not only good for the environment but can give you the exercise that you need! Often times finding these hotels can be difficult. For this reason doing a little due diligence prior to your trip can go a long way. I recently went on a trip out west and found a great site that listed reviews for hotels in Las Vegas regarding not only their individual amenities and services, but also regarding the restaurants in the surrounding area. This made it easier than ever to maintain my healthy lifestyle both in and out of the hotel.
A hotel room with a minibar can definitely jeopardize your diet. If you are an impulsive eater, it is best to refuse the key to the minibar. Carry your own crockpot or rent a room with a microwave. You will be able to cook healthier meals such as oatmeal, rice, chicken and soups. When eating out, fill up on fresh fruits and vegetables before even getting to the main course. Try to order whole grains rather than their processed or refined counterparts. Meals with fiber and protein can help you stay full longer. Before going to a restaurant, browse through their menu to find healthier options. Visit restaurants that source their produce locally rather than going to fast food joints. Explore the local market to discover delicious produce that might encourage you to stay on track. Pick grilled, broiled, baked, light and flavorful entrees as opposed to fried, stuffed, basted or creamed dishes. Try to make your meals more colorful so as to include a maximum number of nutrients. And do not forget to take your daily dose of multi-vitamins!
Staying fit and maintaining your weight, even during a vacation, does not have to be difficult. It is always helpful to think about the big picture. Rather than having to struggle with weight loss after returning home, small yet significant steps can help keep you in great shape, while having the time of your life!