Archive for June, 2010

Ahhh Vacation! Breaking from work, responsibility and the drive-thru

Whether it’s getting out and hitting the open road, flying to an exotic destination, or opting for a stay-cation; taking time off to relax is a staple of summertime fun. However a vacation from the real world doesn’t need to turn into a vacation from a healthy routine. Finding nutritious dining options will not only make the most of your time away from home, but will let you pick right back up where you left off when it comes time for the trip to end.

Eating right while traveling is all about finding the convenient solution. Depending on where your travels take you, options can be limited. So making the most of what you have and getting a little creative will help you to keep a balance in your diet. Try taming your hunger with items like fruit, granola, or low-calorie snack packs. Not only are they better for you than rest stop vending machines or churros, but also are small enough to stash in a bag or purse for easy access, and they can be found almost anywhere.

When choosing dinner and lunch look for restaurants or locations that offer a variety of menu items. This will increase the chance of finding something other than a greasy burger or french fries. These days most fast food joints and restaurants have a health conscious menu selection, but in the event that they don’t try to select something grilled over fried. Order the burger, but hold the cheese and mayo. Changing one or two ingredients can make a huge difference.

If you are taking a cruise this year, don’t stress about cramming healthy snacks into your bags. Many cruise lines are offering healthy, organic meals through the on board spa. Other than the health benefits, you will also avoid the long buffet lines.

Be mindful of portion control. Most restaurant meals are large and can be split between family members. If you know you are going to be having a heavy dinner, try to eat a salad or something light for lunch.

Keep yourself hydrated. Drinking plenty of water will not only protect you from heat exhaustion and dehydration, but will keep your appetite in check.

Most importantly, vacations are meant to be relaxing and fun. Enjoy yourself and don’t feel bad if you indulge in a dessert or treat. You are most likely walking and moving around more than you do at home anyway.

With all the healthy options, eating well on vacation can perhaps be easier than at home. It sure isn’t any harder than hunting for a new swimsuit. With a little exploring and ingenuity, you will forget all about your stress, and those greasy value meals.

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