Whether you’re someone who regularly tries to maintain a healthy diet throughout the year or not, during the summer most people tend to be more health conscious. We choose to exercise more and be more conscious of what we’re eating so that we are in shape and so we feel better mentally and physically. Unfortunately however, even after all of the hard work we put into exercising and making healthier choices, “exercise” and “healthy” are two words that we like to forget on vacation. While it’s okay to splurge here and there, you don’t have to completely forget about your health for a week. To help you return home with your packed bags without packed on pounds take a look at these tips!
o Don’t skip meals. By skipping meals, we tend to over eat. If you know you’ll be going out for dinner, plan ahead by starting your day with a healthy breakfast and then pack a few healthy snacks or a light lunch.
· Pretzels and peanut butter & fruit
· Turkey sandwich with lettuce and tomato on whole grain bread
· Chose popcorn over fried potato chips
· Sweet & Salty Mixes- dried cranberries, peanuts, mini-marshmallows, M&Ms, Cheerios
· Sliced cucumbers with onions, vinegar, salt & pepper
· Fruit: Watermelon, Blueberries, Apples, Grapes, Mangos
o Be cautious of Drinks: Chose water over sugary beverages. Alternate alcoholic beverages with non-alcoholic beverages that are low in calories.
o Eat in over Dining out: It’s understandable that most of us enjoy going out for dinner as a way to get away from preparing meals in the kitchen. However, eating in will help us make smarter food decisions. If you do choose to enjoy a night out, look for foods that have been grilled, baked or broiled rather than fried, creamy or crispy foods. Avoid heavy appetizers, sugary drinks and desserts or simply splurge a little by sharing with a friend or two!
o Stay Active/Exercise: Make exercising fun by taking a walk on the beach or going hiking, swimming, or kayaking. If you prefer to play games, get everyone active by participating in a tournament of tennis, volleyball or Frisbee.