A vacation is the time to “get away from it all”, and savor life. It’s the time to finally do some of the fun things that you have wanted, let loose and get the most out of life. While vacation can be a total blast, it can also be a total diet buster! Here are some simple to follow tips to really have a great time on vacation. You can focus on packing your bags, not packing on the pounds!
Opt for a place with a kitchen
Regardless of wherever you are while on vacation, control your budget and eating by having a place to stay with at least a kitchenette. If you can at least have a hot plate and mini-fridge, you can whip up some great meals. Have some foods that you can prepare quickly for those times when you plan to be out the door quickly. Raisins, all-grain cereal, Greek yogurt, and fresh fruits are excellent nutritious choices.
Splurge once a day
Hey! You’re on vacation. Eat two light meals, and then devour a decadent dish for that third meal. Eat fully nutritious meals for breakfast and lunch, for example, if you want to try a decadent main course or dessert for dinner.
Savor the local cuisine
Check out all the reviews of the local cuisine, find some local foods that look appealing, then have fun consuming them. What a way to break the monotony of the daily grind that you endured the endured the past year! Savor the local favorites. For example, if you’re vacationing in such exotic places as the Caribbean or Philippines, try some of the fresh sea foods right from the local market. The vendors will be happy to recommend the local favorites. Even use the local spices and ingredients when possible. Enjoy discovering the exotic local fruits, veggies, and fishes that you may have never even known existed.
Plan for healthy snacks
There’s no need to suffer with craving those high-priced snacks while waiting for your flight at the airport, or trekking across country to a vacation destination. What better way to occupy your time than to eat healthy snacks that you so thoughtfully packed! Have lots of flavonoid-packed vegetables and fruits to pass the time. Save some bucks from all that tempting spending at the airport convenience snack bars while you’re at it. Remember, you can still have that one meal a day to enjoy decadent cuisine once you arrive at your vacation spot.
It’s essential to stay hydrated throughout your travel to and from your destination, as well as during your entire pleasurable vacation. It’s especially important to drink plenty of water if you’re imbibing in alcohol during your vacation. Be sure to drink a glass of water for every alcoholic drink. That one-to-one ratio will help prevent that hangover the next morning, and will help control drinking in excess while having a good time. It will also keep your system cleansed of any excess sugar and sodium from any decadent meals.
These are five basic tips to ensure that you have a truly fun vacation, while keeping an eye on your waistline. Plan ahead, and have a great time!