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How to Stay Healthy When Traveling This Holiday Season

There are two ways to look at traveling: 

 

  1. Limit yourself from indulging in delicious meals and special holiday treats while never missing a workout and reminding yourself of restrictions, daily. 

 

  1. Screw it! I am on vacation! And I’m not going to worry about working out, I’m going to eat everything in sight, and I am not going to think about health until I get back.

 

Instead of being either of these extremes, try finding balance in the middle. You want to give yourself permission to try new things and allow yourself to enjoy your vacation away.  You also do not want to leave with the negative mentality of “I am going to go on an extreme diet when I get home”. It causes too much stress which destroys your relationship with nutrition and health. 

 

Unfortunately we are too familiar with both of these scenarios. For that reason, we put together these easy tips so you can find a happy medium this holiday season:

 

 

  • Plan Ahead

 

      • If you are going on a road trip, prepare healthy snacks instead of relying on convenience store junk food. If you are able to eat healthy for breakfast and lunch, then you can allow yourself a treat after dinner. 
        • snacks i.e. yogurt, nuts, apple with peanut butter, Hummus and celery or baby carrots
      • Pertaining to workouts, it is not necessary to have an hour workout before the day starts. Think about what you are going to be doing on your trip and try to throw in a workout or two if you realize that you won’t be moving much. 
        • i.e. If you are planning to be at the beach all day, go for a walk along the beach or a quick swim in the water.
      • Instead of eating out the entire trip, visit the local grocery store when you arrive at your destination. Not only will this help you stay on track, but it also saves money!
        • Don’t have access to a kitchen? Search out healthy restaurant options close to the hotel using Google Maps so are familiar with great ideas in the area you will be staying in.

 

  • Balance

 

    • Finding balance is necessary so you don’t overdo it. The main purpose of vacationing is to relax and enjoy yourself. If you are so restrictive, this will take away from the purpose of your trip. 
    • Do not treat every meal like it is your last one. Continue to practice portion control to avoid overeating and decrease stomach pains.
    • If you really want to try the dessert that has been eyeballing you all night, split it with someone. 
    • Water is your friend! This will keep your GI happy. You also tend to get dehydrated when traveling, especially flying. Avoid going to the ER (like me) by drinking at least ½ of your body weight in water.
      • i.e. 150lb = 75oz of water

 

Understand that having donuts for breakfast or eating a burger and fries for dinner one night is not going to be the end of the world. Give yourself permission to enjoy yourself. It is your vacation! However, it is ultimately up to you to not fall into an all or nothing mindset and to remember that being healthy can be practiced all year round.

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