The holidays are coming, are you planning to go on a vacation? Maybe you are visiting your loved ones to catch up and celebrate the holidays together. Maybe you just want to get away this holiday season. Regardless of why you are going away for the holidays, you should always be sure to eat right. Eating healthy on vacation is just as important as eating healthy at home. You want to remain healthy and strong, and getting the nutrients you need will help you to do just that. Eating right on vacation can sometimes be easier said than done, so here are a few tips to keep you on the right track!
If you are taking a plane to your destination, then you can request a vegetarian or low fat meal when eating on your flight. If you are going to drive instead, then you can pack healthy food to take with you rather than stopping at fast food joints. You can sandwiches, fruit, vegetables, crackers, yogurt, juice, water, and even milk with you, just pack it all in a cooler full of ice! In fact, you can find certain coolers, bags, and other food supplies that will keep your food hot and cold, allowing you to also take food such as hot soup on the road with you.
If you are staying with family or friends, then you can always offer to bring some food, which of course will be healthy. This way you did not try to interfere with the food they buy, you can still eat healthy, and you even pitched in on the food! If they ask you what you would like in advance, name off healthy food rather than junk food.
If you are staying at a hotel, then you can always turn down the key to the minibar, so that you will not be tempted to eat anything that is not healthy for you. Some hotels offer a continental breakfast, which you can choose cereals, proteins, and fruit as your breakfast. Check in advance to see if the hotel has a microwave, stove, or refrigerator, and bring your own healthy food. Bringing your own food will not only help you to continue eating healthy, but it will help you to save money while you are on vacation as well!
Only eat out when you are hungry, and be sure to look for healthy food on the menu, such as lean meat, salads, fruit, and vegetables. Many restaurants will serve food in large portions. If you eat too much on one meal, then you can always cut back on the next meal.
When eating healthy on vacation, you should try to eat three square meals a day. But sometimes that can be hard to do on a vacation. So if you find that you cannot eat three meals in a day, then break it down into six smaller meals or snacks. If need be, avoid appetizers when eating out, so that you will have the room to eat another meal later. Your body needs fuel every few hours, so you should do your best to not skip any meals.
If you can, try to avoid eating any big meals at night. Your body burns calories at a slower pace when it slows down and gets ready to sleep. You should avoid eating bread or butter before going to bed. If you need a snack before bedtime, then you could eat poultry, fish, and even vegetables.
While eating healthy on vacation can sometimes be easier said than done, you can make it easier by using willpower to eat the good that is good for you. A scoop of ice cream or a slice of pizza once in awhile may not hurt, but be sure you do not overdo it. If you eat right on vacation, you will have the energy and strength to enjoy your vacation. This applies for eating at home as well, if you want to have the energy and strength to face the day. Whether you are spending your holidays at home or on vacation, make sure you eat right and give your body the nutrients it needs!