Traveling Healthy

Traveling Healthy

When planning your next trip, plan how you are going to make good food choices in the midst of so many food temptations.

No matter how faithful you are to eating right at home, everybody’s diet resolve tends to dissolve once it’s time for vacation. It’s tempting to fall for the “Everyone over eats when on vacation,” lie.

Here are a few tips that will keep you on track:

Drink a glass of water about 30 minutes before your meal.  Often thirst is disguised as hunger.  When it’s time to eat, start with vegetables and load your plate.   If you are staying at an all-inclusive, resolve to eat only one plate of food.  You DO NOT need to make frequent trips to the buffet line.

While on vacation, stay active.  Take morning walks as a family, rent bikes and cycle or try something completely new like surfing or hiking if you’ve never done those things.  Make physical activity one of the highlights of your vacation.

When you check in to your hotel, ask the concierge about their group fitness classes and exercise room.  Take advantage of their yoga and/or aerobics classes.  If there are no classes, make a splash in the pool.  You can burn around 200 calories actively splashing around for an hour.

Finally, have a recovery plan for when you get back home.  Sometimes even our best efforts go unmet.  Have a strategy for getting yourself and your family back on track once you unpack!


Pam Andrews
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