With the holidays coming up, many of us are going on vacations to visit family and friends. It can be difficult to stay healthy while traveling, but it is definitely possible! Here are some tips to help you stay on track.
- The kids’ meal is your friend, but make sure it is a healthy one. Unfortunately, a lot of kids’ meals can be pretty unhealthy, but restaurants are coming around. For example, at a bakery in Disneyland, I chose a kids’ meal that had a small turkey sandwich and apple slices.
- On a vacation, allow yourself treats. On my last trip, I allowed myself one treat per day. I enjoyed my vacation and didn’t feel deprived. The rest of the day, I ate a lot of lean proteins, fruit and veggies.
- When eating at a buffet, fill your plate with vegetables. If you can, bring your own salad dressing. If not, salad bars often have balsamic vinegar you can top your salad with.
- If the restaurant doesn’t have a salad bar, do they have a sandwich toppings bar? I once made a salad out of the lettuce, tomato and pickles I found there. (Find more tips on eating in a restaurant here: http://healthybeautifulblessed.com/tips-for-eating-in-a-restaurant/ )
- Make sure you get some kind of movement in each day. Listening to Jillian Michaels’ podcast, I got a couple of tips. You can bring exercise DVDs with you if you have a laptop or DVD player to watch them on. Use water bottles as weights, or bring resistance bands with you. If you can’t bring anything with you, do squats, lunges, running in place, planks, pushups, etc. These exercises take up very little space and don’t require any equipment. I actually did some of these exercises standing in line for Black Friday!
- STAY HYDRATED. This is a good tip any time, but when we’re traveling, it can be easy to forget. Always bring water with you.
- Be creative! Find interesting ways to get exercise and healthy foods. Planning these things on a trip can be fun. Enjoy your vacation, and do the best you can.
Below are some tips I was given on Facebook. Please feel free to add your own in the comments!
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- Crystal C. – I like to seek out a grocery store at my destination so I can have fresh food and veggies on hand while out sightseeing.
- Tamara G. – Always book a hotel with a decent fitness centre. Many have very good ones. Check it out in advance!
- Kim U. – Bring along favorite snacks that may be hard to find and/or prepare.
- Emily R.B. – I do both bringing non-perishables like almonds and other snacks, as well as getting to a store as soon as possible to stock my room. I can’t always afford the fitness centers (last place I stayed was $25 a day, yikes!), so I bring my laptop and a couple DVDs, and just work out in my room.
- Aims Ca – Find bloggers in the area and see where they work out. Try something new. I had not swam for years but I did a couple times on trips this summer.
- Arlene H. – Plan to do active things during your trip … like a day hike to explore the area.
- Gina P. – Plan, plan, plan. Have a plan A and a backup or two. Think about what excuses or barriers you might come up with and have a plan to counter them. Find workouts online that use body weight for resistance — some are even designed for small spaces like hotel rooms — and plan to do those early. Check for good walking areas around where you are staying using Google maps. Look for ways to work it into your trip and have fun.
- Jen H. M. – I packed my food scale on a recent vacation so that I could continue measuring portions. We also hit the grocery story right after picking up our rental car (on a recent trip) so that we would have healthy snacks rather than stopping to grab junk food.
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- Jamie P. – Bring healthy snacks & drinks.
- Elizabeth T. – I would say to tell people to shop where they know!
- Jackie R. – Offer to bring a dish. If you’re traveling pick something that travels well and that can be served without heating up. If you aren’t traveling far, offer to bring a healthy version of a favorite not so healthy dish.