5 Tips for Healthy Eating While on Vacation

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5 Tips for Healthy Eating While on Vacation

A vacation is the perfect time to unwind. It is also the worst time to eat healthy.

Endless meals, late night drinks and family gatherings make it nearly impossible to control what you’re eating during this time. That’s why it’s important to keep calm and maintain your healthy eating habits, even if the people you’re with aren't concerned about what they’re eating.

Instead of punishing yourself mentally every time you eat something you don’t normally indulge in on a normal day, below are 5 tips on how to realistically keep your eating habits in check while traveling.

Avoid Fast Food

It’s okay to let your strict diet go a little bit while on vacation, but there has to be a limit.

One of those limits should be fast food. You don’t want months of hard work and discipline to go down the drain that easily. Instead of driving to the nearest fast food establishment during your trip, consider eating healthy versions of your favorite meals. It may take some planning and searching, but it’s a lot better than wasting calories on fast food.

Consider Small Portions

Vacations are unpredictable; that’s why they’re fun!

Unfortunately, an anything-goes schedule can easily affect your healthy diet. Unplanned meals may cause you to eat more frequently, which can add up after the trip is over. Because of this, it is recommended to eat small portions while making room for your next possible meal. At the end of the day, if you feel that you didn't eat enough, simply eat a snack in order to meet your daily food requirements. When it comes to healthy eating, it’s always easier to add calories to your diet than to subtract. Also, you may not have the energy to exercise after a long day out.

Drink Plenty of Water

Staying hydrated during vacations is a must.

It can help you feel full throughout the day and prevent snacking binges. Additionally, it can flush out toxins from alcoholic drinks and baskets of fries you may be casually eating during your long trip. If you’re going to the beach or expect to be spending most your time under the sun, don’t forget to drink more than your usual eight glasses of water.

Ask a Friend to Help You Monitor Your Food Intake

Most people underestimate the amount of unhealthy food they take in during their vacation. In order to get a more realistic point of view about your eating habits, it is advisable to ask your friend to help you monitor what you’re eating. This tip is twice as effective if your friend is also concerned about his or her eating habits. Reciprocal accountability can be extremely powerful and motivating.

Use a Food Journal App

If you’re going on vacation alone and would like to have some form of accountability, try using an app.

There are numerous apps that allow individuals to keep tabs of their meals. If you’re the forgetful type, set up an alarm to go off every day to remind you to enter your meals in your smartphone or tablet. Apps that automatically provide a tally or total of the calories eaten are worth looking into and can decrease the time it takes to manage your daily calorie requirement.

Staying healthy during a vacation does not have to be difficult. Successfully eating healthy under compromising conditions might be the extra motivation you need to hit the gym after your trip.

How do you maintain a healthy diet while on vacation? Share your experience with us!