Vacation & Food Choices

Saving calories for those frozen drinks?

Who says you can’t go on vacation and make smart food choices?

If you’re soaking up what’s left of summer with a getaway that lasts a weekend or longer, you can have fun and not throw all the hard work you do at home out the window home!

Here are a few easy tips to help that help me make the most of my getaways:

  • Breakfast: First of all – don’t skip it! It’s pretty common to be able to order egg whites almost anywhere these days. Instead of loading up on pastries or other sweet starts, try a veggie egg-white omelette and fresh fruit. However, if you simply cannot resist the chocolate croissant calling to you from the buffet or bakery shelf, go ahead and have one. (Better than scarfing down three tomorrow morning when they’re calling to you again, right?) Speaking of buffets, fill your plate with fruit first so there’s not as much room for the bacon, home fries or other high-cal, high-fat items in the spread.
  • Lunch: You also shouldn’t skip lunch in anticipation of a big dinner. One of the biggest and most common mistakes people make is fasting all day before a “special” dinner later.  This is a surefire way to sabotage any effort you’ve made to not overdo it. Why? Because by the time you sit down for what would have been a “big” meal, your hunger can make it colossal. If the only options at your vacation spot are burgers, hot dogs and fried foods, share something with someone. If you can “stock up” on any fruits from breakfast to snack on during the day (e.g. bananas, apples) that can help make lunch a little healthier, too.
  • Dinner: Go for the fresh, seasonal specials like seafood with veggies. Not only will the catch taste great, but you can spend the extra calories on the wine or cocktail(s) you’ve been looking forward to all day!
  • Dessert: Well, why not? You’re on vacation! I won’t lie, I eat dessert pretty much every day while I’m on vacation. If I’m lucky, someone might split it with me. If not, it’s just the extra motivation I need to make sure I keep my workouts going while I’m away.
  • Snacking: If you can, pack a few “safe” non-perishable go-tos like raw almonds or high fiber cereal bars. (I always have a few Fiber One bars in my bag.) If you’re going somewhere with a fridge, make a stop at a local farmer’s market or grocery store for some fresh fruits and veggies including carrot and celery sticks, berries, bananas and tangerines.

Don’t forget to stay hydrated – preferably with water – and keep moving! Whether you’re spending some time by a beach, pool, lake, campground or someone else’s backyard, these are all perfect spots for a game of tag, volleyball or paddle ball.

Whatever you still have in store for the summer, make the most of it and remember: it is possible to go on vacation, enjoy some good food and still have fun, be fit and feel fabulous!

About LauraLovesFitness

After spending more than 10 years in the communications industry, this lifetime fitness lover and newly certified fitness professional wants to share my passion for health and well-being with others.

Posted on August 24, 2012, in Health, Nutrition, Vacation and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Great post. Some excellent tips and advice here. Hope you have a great weekend,

    All the best,
    Brett Day

  2. Reblogged this on NoTimeToW8 and commented:
    Some great tips and advice here.

  3. Food and alcohol on any vacation is the undoing of so many fitness programs. A vacation is not the same thing as a free-for-all. Binge eating and drinking are not the rest your body and mind need. Great example you provided Laura!

    • Thanks so much, Matt! It’s funny. I remember when I was “younger,” I used to look forward to a vacation as a time to drop my guard when it came to eating and drinking. I’ve learned I actually enjoy my rest and relaxation more knowing I”m using the time to take extra care of my body and it’s nice to look forward to a “treat” like an extra cocktail or dessert as opposed to going crazy with my diet all day. Thanks for the feedback. Have a great night!

      • dropping your guard is exactly what I mean by a vacation being the undoing of so many fitness programs. Once you go to the other extreme it’s really hard to get back on the program again. I agree that wisdom teaches us that treats are more rewarding than binges.

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