Everybody looks forward to their annual vacation, whether it is to Disneyland, to an exotic beach or relaxing at home in the yard. Many people consider vacation time as a vacation from their healthy eating routine, only to regret it when they return and step on the scale a few pounds heavier. You can take your diet on vacation with you and not feel deprived if you know where to eats and what to pack with you. Planning ahead and taking healthy snacks in your carry-on luggage will prevent you from falling off the healthy eating wagon.
Do Some Research
Just as you pore over a map to find the best location for a hotel close to favorite sites or the beach, you can also use the Internet to find healthy stores and restaurants. Google Search has made it easy to zero in on particular businesses in specific regions. You may be able to find some maps that show the number of health food stores and vegetarian restaurants within a certain area. If you’re traveling to a foreign country, the language barrier may be an issue, but in many places, there is sufficient information in English to allow her tourists to get around comfortably. Google translate can be your friend when locating healthy eating resources online.
Healthy Snacks in Your Carry-On
Many people make plans to stock up on healthy supplies as soon as they leave the airport, but the problem can be the airport itself. It is easy to fall prey to temptation before, after, or even during a flight whether it is to splurge on duty-free goods, to drink too many whiskeys on the plane, or to consume a huge cinnamon bun at the airport. Plans to eat healthy while on vacation can go awry before the vacation has even begun. It is important to remember that if you give in to temptation, not to give up for the rest of the trip. One way to avoid temptation to begin with is to make sure that you have delicious, healthy snacks in your carry-on luggage.
High-protein snacks can help you conserve your energy, restore your vitality and make you feel more alert. Bring baggies filled with nuts such as almonds, walnuts or peanuts, but watch the salt. Too much salt can make you feel drained and dehydrated, so it’s worthwhile to bring your own peanuts rather than eat the peanuts in packages that are handed out along with alcoholic beverages.
If you want the sweet taste of home while you travel, consider baking some chocolate chip cookies especially for the trip. Hamptoncreek has readymade mixes and cookie doughs in their Just Cookies product line. The Just Cookies brand contains no eggs and dairy, has all natural ingredients and is free of saturated fat. Bring a bag of cookies with you on the plane, and you can avoid the temptation of sweet desserts and goodies in the airport food court when you land.
Eating Out and Staying Healthy
Eating in restaurants can provide a special challenge for those who are trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Conventional restaurants tend to use saturated fats and a large amount of salt in the preparation to enhance flavor. In addition, the menu doesn’t really tell you everything that is in a particular dish, and you could be setting yourself up for some unpleasant surprises. When you are taking in the sights and relaxing, it is tempting also to relax your standards for eating, particularly when the menu features exotic offerings that appeal to your taste buds. There is little harm in indulging now and again, and giving into a filet mignon while on a vacation does not destroy a diet. You could have a more relaxed attitude towards healthy eating when you’re on the road, but still select healthy options when and where you can. The idea is not to demand absolute perfection, but to make healthy choices when you can.
Healthy on the Road
Healthy eating while on vacation can be challenging, but is certainly not impossible. Given the popularity of health food these days, it is much easier to find restaurants that cater to vegan or vegetarian diets than was in the past. Research dining and shopping options before setting out on your trip, and bring some healthy items with you when you travel.