Who doesn’t look forward to vacation? You get to kick back, relax and you don’t have to worry about a thing! Unfortunately, vacations have a way of derailing a diet and breaking good habits.
On the other hand, trying to stick with those healthy habits while traveling can feel like an uphill battle. A survey from Tripit.com revealed that travelers find trying to exercise and eat healthy more stressful than airport security!
But the fact is, it doesn’t have to be stressful. There’s a happy medium! Here are some of my favorite ways to enjoy vacations and still find it easy to pick up where I left off when I get home.
Don’t Make Every Meal a Cheat Meal
Food can be one of the most exciting parts of any vacation. It doesn’t matter if you’re going to New York City, The Virgin Islands or Disneyland (which is where I was a week ago!), you’re going to find food that is fun and unique. If you want to maintain your good habits, keeping your eating under control is important and to do that you need to do a little planning.
If you know there are a couple restaurants that you are dying to try, splurge there. For the other meals, set aside “vacation mentality” and go for healthier dishes—for example, meals that are based on lean meats and veggies. Just remember you don’t have to eat everything on your plate… stop eating when you’re full. 😉
Pack Your Own Snacks
Instead of going for calorie packed airport snacks or other convenience food, bring your own snacks. By bringing healthy snacks with you it’s easy to control portions and calories. Keeping plenty of snacks on hand will also help you avoid extreme hunger which can lead to overeating.
A healthy dried fruit and nut trail mix is a perfect take and go anywhere snack. Throwing a few IdealBars in your purse or carry-on is another great way to snack healthy. IdealBars also keep cravings in check because they contain a hunger blocker.
Squeeze in Some Exercise
Staying active will help you stick with your healthy mentality. Obviously, I’m not suggesting packing your dumbbells or anything, but there are plenty of workouts that you can do without any equipment. There are, of course, many hotels with fitness rooms that are free to use.
If that doesn’t sound appealing to you while on vacation don’t worry, exercise doesn’t have to be running on a treadmill or doing push ups. You could go on a bicycle tour, do laps in the pool, or take a long walk on the beach. Some resorts even offer complimentary fitness classes.
Go For a Kitchenette
One of the best ways to avoid adding extra calories is to get a room that you can prepare some of your own food in. If you get a room with a kitchenette, or at least a mini fridge, you can prepare a couple of meals a day for yourself instead of eating out for every meal.
Instead of chowing down on the carb-rich continental breakfast, stock your mini fridge with fresh fruit and yogurt. You might even end up saving money this way, which leaves more money for souvenirs or fun activities!
Really, the point of going on a vacation is being able to relax and enjoy! Don’t stress out about staying 100% true to your diet because that’s probably not a realistic goal. But a few smart choices will make a big difference and help you keep the success you’ve achieved so far. Enjoy yourself, but do it in a way that you will thank yourself later!