Staying in control of your diet and nutritional program while you’re on holiday isn’t easy. Firstly there is the temptation to be naughty, and second it can be hard to find foods that burn fat when you’re in new and unfamiliar surroundings.
Let’s take a look at a few tips that will help you stay on track whenever you go away.
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Just because you’re on vacation, it doesn’t mean that your good habits should be left at home. Remember that your balanced nutritional program means eating well prepared, delicious foods.
With that in mind keep your eyes open for grilled meats and fish and stay away from fried foods.
If you’re visiting a coastal town or city the chances are that there will be an endless supply of fresh seafood. If you’re heading inland then it is more likely that red meat and poultry will dominate the menu.
Just remember to ask yourself the question, “would I cook a meal this way at home?”. If the answer is “no” then there is probably a better choice on that menu.
In my experience, the smaller local restaurants really pull out the stops to showcase their local produce. Most of them will deal with local producers and suppliers, meaning the majority of their food will be natural, fresh and flavorsome!
It also means that these places know how to treat their food. Flavors will be enhanced through the use of herbs, spices and traditional cooking methods.
On the other hand, large chains and fast food establishments are likely to source lower quality, mass-produced foods and prepare them in a manner that can be detrimental to your health. (Through the use of hydrogenated cooking oils and fats.)
Remember, if there is an ingredient that you know is bad for you then you can always ask the chef to leave that out of your meal. Or you can remove it from your plate once you are served.
Whether you’re out on the road, on a day trip or laying on a beach somewhere you are going to get hungry at some point.
But when you’re in unfamiliar surroundings it can be hard to find a place to eat. And if you do, you’re only choice might be an ice cream stall and a greasy diner!
So you’ll need to have some healthy, fat burning snacks to hand!
When ever I go away I will always take a large bag of mixed nuts with me. (Make sure you check that you will be allowed to cross the border with any food you travel with).
I pack them with my towel and sun cream when I go to the beach, and with my camera when I go on a sightseeing trip!
Another great tip is to carry some fresh fruit. Fruit with a skin is just as convenient to carry as a bag of nuts. And if you are staying in a hotel that provides a decent breakfast spread then there will likely be enough fresh fruit to last you the day. Just take some with you!
I go for a banana, apples, oranges, kiwi… you get the picture.
Remember that you are on vacation to enjoy yourself. And life is too short not to enjoy the occasional treat!
I have a very sweet tooth, so when I go away I pay close attention to the dessert menu. If I see something that really looks irresistible then I’ll go for it! And so should you.
But don’t go thinking that you can get away with eating a dessert with every meal! Remember what refined sugar does to you; it leaves you feeling bloated, lethargic, sluggish, not to mention it puts your body into fat storage mode!
It really all comes down to being sensible and trusting your choices. If you’re following a balanced, healthy and fat burning nutritional program then you’ll know your limits, and you won’t be craving junk foods in the first place!
At the end of the day you can’t control how your food is prepared, or how it is sourced, so don’t stress about it! Vacations are a time to relax and recharge your batteries. And if you follow these tips you’ll come back just as lean as when you left!
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Do you have any tips about staying healthy when you go away? Why not let us know by leaving a comment below…