Guest Post: Maintaining A Healthy Diet On Vacation
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Maintaining A Healthy Diet On Vacation

You’ve done a great job of losing weight and keeping it off at home. You cook all your meals, avoid fast food and office temptations like free donuts and cookies, and you’re feeling healthy and confident. But your vacation looms ahead of you, tempting you with tasty goodies. Despite these temptations, there are some simple things you can do to keep on track while on vacation.

If you’re traveling by plane, make sure you have a good meal before you head to the airport. Filling up on items like lean protein and fiber before your flight will keep you full, and help to curb your desire to grab a less healthy snack pre-flight. Before you toss your luggage in the car, stash some healthy treats in your carry-on bag. Stick with small portions of nuts, dried fruit, and lower-sodium jerky. In flight, opt for water when the beverage cart comes around. If you’re on a longer flight, check the meal options before you go. The regular meals are often as unhealthy as fast-food options. If you can, request a special meal. Practically all airlines offer vegetarian and kosher meals, which may be healthier than traditional airline fare.

When hunting for a hotel, be sure to check out the fitness options. Many hotels offer basic gym facilities or a pool, so you don’t end up neglecting your fitness goals. Determining which hotels offer the appropriate amenities is an important aspect of a healthy vacation. I have turned to reviews from other travelers at sites like Gogobot. I was recently able to pull up a list of reviews for Las Vegas hotels prior to a trip to Sin City and the reviews I read were pivotal to maintaining my healthy lifestyle. There was information regarding the hotel amenities, the restaurants, even things to do. You could even use a 360 map to learn about the neighborhood around your hotel, and plan out a safe walking route. Being in a new place is a great excuse to go sightseeing. Ask the front desk about nearby attractions you can see on foot.

Your hotel may be full of surprising healthy eating options, although you may have to get creative. If you have a suite with a kitchenette, you’re in luck! Prepare meals as you would at home and reap the benefits of saving calories and cash. If you lack a kitchen, don’t despair. Your room’s coffee maker or microwave can provide hot water for making instant oatmeal and soups. If your room has a fridge, you can keep cold snacks like low-fat yogurt and sandwich fixings on hand, as well as healthy leftovers. Avoid the pastry case at the continental breakfast and instead chow down on fruit, oatmeal, hard boiled eggs, and whole grain offerings.

Eating out is part of the fun of going on vacation. It is a chance to be waited on and you do not have to clean up afterward! There are a few tips for dining out that can keep you from regaining the weight you have lost. While dining out, pick where you eat carefully. Avoid buffets, as they encourage overeating. Take your time to scan the menu and pick out healthier options. In general, you want to avoid fried foods, cream sauces, and anything that includes the word “bottomless”. Opt for foods that are steamed, baked, or grilled, and pick veggies for sides whenever possible. Order vegetables and remember fast food places and ‘all you can eat’ restaurants should not be a choice. If you do your due diligence ahead of time you should be able to make a smart choice from reading the menu.

Vacations are notorious diet-wreckers, but they don’t have to be. Keep healthy snacks on hand, plan your meals, and pack in physical activity whenever you can, and you’ll still be able to fit into your clothes when you get home!

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