A vacation is a time to unwind, to celebrate, to rejuvenate, to see new places and try new things. But it can also make you very uneasy about eating! If you are trying to stay focused or to lose weight while on a vacation here are some ways to keep you on track and still enjoy yourself!
1. Resist the Urge to Splurge
We tend to splurge when eating out, and then eat normal amounts during our other meals in the day. This means we end up with an abundance of calories and fat much more than the body needs! Why? Because:
• We tend to splurge by choosing higher-fat and higher-calorie menu selections,
• Restaurants are serving us large portions,
• And we are eating all of it.
2. Have It Your Way
When it comes to table-service restaurants, customers are asking to have it their way more and more. They often want menu items prepared or dressed a different way than is listed on the menu. People also like to have a range of portion sizes to choose from.
3. Enjoy the Scenery and Enjoy the Food
You are on vacation, it doesn’t make sense to deprive yourself of an enjoyable food; the trick is carrying “moderation” in your back pocket. Sample these delectable foods, instead of feasting on them.
4. Walking Is Your Secret Weapon
Walk all day, every day, and this seems to offset any extra calories you might consume. So go ahead and take that stroll after dinner, swim in that beautiful hotel pool, take your kids up on that early morning hike!
5. Better Choices on the Menu
Make healthful choices that appeal to you at fast food and restaurants whenever possible. Why is it important to order more healthful choices only if they appeal to you? Because if they don’t, you’re going to feel like you are depriving yourself and resent it.
Sometimes you can make a fast food or restaurant choice instantly better just by ordering it with a different condiment or sauce (say, Dijon mustard instead of mayonnaise, or marinara sauce instead of a white sauce).
6. Water Is Your Friend
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.
7. Take “Five a Day” on Vacation with You
Now, more than ever, make an effort to get five servings of fruits and vegetables a day. It will make meals seem more filling and satisfying. It will provide enough fiber in your diet, and keep your intestines regular. And it will keep your levels of antioxidants and important vitamins high so you are less likely to get sick.
8. Eat When You’re Hungry and Stop When You’re Comfortable
It sounds simple, but many of us have gotten out of the habit of paying attention to whether we’re truly, physically hungry. Eating opportunities and celebrations are all around us when we are vacationing, and we’re in the “I’m on VACATION!” mindset. That’s when we will be the most vulnerable to eating even if we aren’t hungry and not stopping when we are comfortable.