Eating Healthy on Vacation

26 Apr

 

Cole Millen guest bloggerBy Guest Blogger Cole Millen
Travel Writer & Foodie

Vacations are times to relax. It is a time to leave the worries of every day life back at home while you bask in the sun or ski down some slopes. However, you don’t want to leave behind all your rules and regulations or you may risk putting on those pound that you worked so hard to take off. Here are a few tips on how to stay on track while enjoying yourself on vacation.

In the Air

When you flying, there is a good chance that food will be involved. However, you do not need to succumb to all the high calorie snacks. Begin by eating a healthy meal before you even get to the airport. This can help prevent you from grabbing a snack or meal at one of the many fast food joints that seem to be popping up in airports. When you are stuck at the airport and need to eat, such as on layovers, hunt down healthy food, such as baked chicken and salads. Finally, consider packing some healthy snacks for the flight. You do not have to eat the cookies or whatever other food the flight offers. Opt for dried fruit or other healthy snacks you are allowed to carry onto the plane.

You can also use your time at the airport to burn some extra calories. Instead of sitting down waiting for your flight for hours, spend some time walking around. You can get acquainted with the area, find out some interesting facts about the city, and walk off a meal you may be regretting.

At the Hotel

Finding the right hotel for your healthy lifestyle is a pivotal part of your vacation. Ensuring that the hotel has the proper amenities and that you are utilizing them appropriately can make or break a healthy week. For this reason I have found that a little research goes a long way. In my experience, reviews from other travelers have proved to be the most accurate form of information, probably because they are unbiased. On a recent trip of mine to Sin City, I found a great site that listed reviews for Las Vegas hotels regarding not only their amenities and services, but also reviews regarding the restaurants around them. This allowed me to pick the right hotel for me as well as to pick and plan out which restaurants I can go to for a healthy and delicious meal.

When you are settled into your hotel, there are also steps you can take to ensure that you do not fall off the wagon. For starters, you can refuse the key to the mini bar in your room. Not only are those the most expensive snacks and drinks you can buy, they are usually very unhealthy too. Instead, stock up on healthy snacks to keep in your room. Have some fruit, granola, pretzels, and other snacks that won’t make you feel guilty. You can even get soup and oatmeal that can be easily prepared with the hot water from the coffee maker.

You also need to make sure that you don’t overdo it when it comes to the food the hotel has to offer. For example, many hotels offer a free continental breakfast with muffins, bagels, and more. When you hit this breakfast bar, eat as much of the fruit as you want, but avoid the starchy and fatty foods they are offering. You want to fill up on fiber and nutrients instead. You can also reach for the yogurt and eggs, if they have them, as they are a good source of protein. Keep your healthy goals in mind when ordering room service as well. Many hotels are willing to accommodate any requests you make.

If you follow this advice, you will not undo all of your hard work. You will stay right on track and have no regrets whatsoever when your return home.

You can read more of Cole’s work on his blog.

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