How to eat healthy while on vacation

May 17, 2017

You finally get to enjoy time away without emails buzzing at you. You want to live it up, try the regional cuisine, but not get carried away and derail all the healthy habits you’ve developed.

Making sure you keep your indulgences within reason can go a long way towards helping you stay on track with your long-term health goals. Here are some tips to eat smart while on an escape:

  1. Eat more frequently so you don’t overeat at main courses: This simple principle is good to follow at home too. When you are really hungry, you tend to make bad choices. If you have smaller bites consistently throughout the day, when you hit the nighttime luau you’ll enjoy a reasonable portion of imu pig and lomi lomi salmon and not feel too full to dance later.
  2. Find a hotel near a grocery store: This will help you with tip #1. Stock up on healthy snacks like Greek yogurt, unsalted nuts, and fruit. If there’s no refrigerator where you are staying, grab a Styrofoam cooler and a bag of ice to keep your healthy snacks fresh.
  3. Stay at a place with a kitchen: The popularity of Airbnb has given travelers more accommodation options with nice kitchens so you can cook a few meals. Many hotel chains also have serviceable kitchens or kitchenettes too. Hit up the local supermarket and enjoy a few relaxing meals at your place. Hopefully sunset views at dinner are part of the scene.
  4. Pack your own snacks for the plane: The preservative-packed food served on airplanes tends to be expensive and unsatisfying, so add Kind Bars, hummus and veggie packs and apples to your carry-on bag.
  5. Make sure you eat breakfast: It’s tempting to grab a cup of coffee and head out for the day’s adventure, but eating a good breakfast will deliver the energy necessary to sustain your day’s activities. Choose a high-protein and high-fiber breakfast. Take advantage of the complimentary morning meal some hotels offer. Load up on veggies at the omelet station.
  6. Plan out your indulgences: Research the best places for local cuisine so you won’t waste your decadent calories on choices that are so-so versions of the best. So if you’re in Texas, make sure you grab the most recommended barbecue spot (like Franklin) rather than the first place you see after getting off the plane.
  7. Walk (bike or swim) when you can: Not only will you soak in the local culture by walking everywhere, staying active allows you to offset some of the negatives of eating too many treats. Besides, hiking, paddling or surfing in incredible locales will invigorate your spirit.

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