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DON’T LEAVE YOUR HEALTHY LIFESTYLE BEHIND
Oh, that well deserved vacation … but keep in mind that if you are not mindful of what, how often and how much you are eating/ drinking during your vacation, chances are you will be “paying” for it more than once!
Like most people, we also enjoy our vacations and have experienced that temptation to abandon good healthy eating habits. Despite wanting to indulge in the “all you can eat” philosophy, unfortunately your metabolism is not going to give your body a free pass. Excess calories still need to be used or they will be stored as fat.
Alison McLaughlin, an avid traveller, Registered Dietitian with a Masters Degree in Public Health and Yoga Instructor gave us some great tips to pass along to you. You can also check out her website at www.balancedwithallie.com.
1. Maintain your usual habits: If you normally do not have dessert after every meal, then why start? Developing new habits makes it harder to get back on track when you return home from your vacation. It is ok to treat yourself, but be smart about it. If you really want to try some of the desserts, try sharing them with your friends or loved ones to cut down the portion size.
2. Recognize that drinks have calories: Margaritas, daiquiris, freshly squeezed juices, smoothies, and other island-like drinks contain calories, which add up quickly.
Sometimes when we add a freshly squeezed juice to a meal, we don’t realize that is can contain almost as much calories as the meal itself! Remember to hydrate with water when possible, it has many health benefits and it’s calorie-free.
3. Listen to your hunger cues: Being surrounded by food 24-7 makes it easy to eat more food than you really need. What’s even more challenging is the food being served is professionally plated to look extremely appetizing. Be conscious of this and listen to your body’s hunger cues. Let your body tell you when you are hungry, not your eyes.
4. Exercise: Being on vacation most likely means you are consuming more calories than you normally would, and that’s ok. Build exercise into your routine on the first day to develop a vacation ritual that you can follow throughout the entire holiday.
You can wake up early and go for a walk/hike, take a ride in a kayak, or go for a swim. Whatever your choice, being active will help you burn off the extra calories being consumed. There is no excuse for not having enough time to exercise, because all you have is time.
5. Bounce back: After your vacation is over be sure to bounce back to your healthy lifestyle. It will be challenging to not have food prepared for you all the time, but planning your meals for the week will make it a lot easier.
So make a grocery list and get cooking! Alison gives wonderful reminders that even though vacation is a time to decompress and indulge, it is important to stay healthy using a common sense approach.
Until Next Time, Keep Fit and Have Fun
Hal & Joanne • www.bodybreak.com