Your vacation starts from the moment you leave your home and lasts until the time you arrive back. If you are in a hurry to catch your flight or pick up your rental car, it may be tempting to grab some fast food. This is why it is important to plan ahead and prepare your own food for your trip.
A good rule of thumb to keep in mind when preparing your own travel food is to pack an assortment of fruits, vegetables, and other portable snacks, such as nuts or dried fruit. Many experts say to eat different colored foods such as apples, bananas, and celery to make sure that you are getting an adequate variety of nutrients. Also, keep in mind the calories in your beverages. Many drinks such as sodas and juices contain large amounts of sugar and “empty calories.” Stick to drinking water instead of sugary drinks and alcohol. Consuming too many high-sugar beverages can diminish any diet or workout efforts.
If you decide to fly to reach your vacation destination, make sure to eat a healthy and satisfying meal before your flight. This will help you resist the temptation to eat unhealthy snacks on board and indulge upon arrival. If you arrive early for your flight, do some physical activity while you wait such as walking around the airport. You would be surprised how much short intervals of exercise can help your fitness goals.
If you plan in advance, you can find a health friendly hotel that will serve a healthy breakfast with foods such as eggs, fruits, and oatmeal. Most hotels have gyms that have weights and cardio machines. You can search for one or talk to people who have vacationed in the area before. Request a room that has a microwave and refrigerator so you can go grocery shopping once you get to your room. Purchasing food to cook in your room saves you money and is healthier than most foods you can find while on vacation. If you are going to the beach, fill up your ice chest with healthy foods and drinks so you won’t have to walk over to a local fast food restaurant.
Finding the appropriate hotel with the amenities that you need, can often be extremely difficult. For this reason due diligence is pivotal in a healthy vacation. I have found reviews from other travelers to be extremely helpful when determining truthful information. On my latest trip out west I found a great site called Gogobot that listed reviews for Las Vegas hotels regarding everything from their own amenities to the restaurants in the area. There was even a travel guide that offered things to do. This was extremely helpful in maintain a healthy lifestyle even in the buffet wasteland.
Just because you are watching your diet does not mean that you cannot go out to restaurants while you are on vacation. Almost every restaurant that you can go to has a healthy menu. If the healthy items are not highlighted on the menu, just look for items that are baked, broiled, grilled, and fat free. Limit foods that are fried or contain high-fat sauces. You can look at the menu before you arrive and pick out a few healthy alternatives that will fit your diet. It can be very tempting to indulge while on vacation, and while it is more than okay to enjoy a few “cheat meals,” you should try not to over-indulge at every meal!
Following these simple tips will ensure that you maintain your nutrition and exercise success while on vacation. You will return home feeling refreshed with no guilt from going too far off your healthy diet and exercise routine.
Author: Cole Millen
Cole Millen, is an avid traveler and foodie who never forgets that life's best memories are made through real life apprehension of legitimate "experiences." Follow his blog at Cole’s Mill.