4 Tips For a Happy, Healthy Vacation

Written by on May 10, 2016 in Fitness Tips, Healthy Recipes - No comments

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Summer is on its way, which means that fun summer vacations are also coming soon! Whether you’re going on a week-long vacation or just going on a short weekend trip, it can be difficult to make healthy decisions when you feel like you should be able to indulge and enjoy yourself. While lounging on the beach sipping an ice-cold piña colada sounds like a dream, it’s not quite the right way to keep on the right track with your health.

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To keep yourself heading down the right path to weight loss, try following these 4 simple tips on your next vacation!

Use Portion Control

More than likely you’ll be eating out for most (if not all) of your meals when you’re on vacation. While most restaurants do have healthy options on the menu, you should still be watching the portion sizes. Most US restaurants serve portion sizes 2-3x larger than US Dietary Guidelines recommend.

Just because you will have more food on your plate doesn’t mean you have to eat it! Imagine the portion size you would eat at home and try to limit yourself to that amount. Take leftovers back to the hotel and save it for the next day if you have a mini-fridge and/or microwave.

Pro Tip: If you know the restaurant serves huge portions, ask for half the meal to be boxed up for you before it’s brought out so you won’t even be tempted!

Choose the Best Options

Sometimes choosing a healthy option while eating out can be a daunting task. Often time foods labeled as “low carb” can still be loaded with calories and fat. Options listed in the healthy, lite, or lowfat categories on the menu and typically fairly safe bets, but don’t be afraid to ask questions about how the food is prepared and ask for small changes—most restaurants will be happy to make those adjustments for you!

Take a look at these 20 tricks to eating healthy while eating out for some great ideas on how to keep a healthy diet!

Plan, Plan, Plan

Planning out where you’re going to be eating and what you’re going to order can cut down on stress during your vacation and eliminate poor spur-of-the-moment dining decisions. Use sites like TripAdvisor and Yelp to find healthy, yet delicious restaurants in the area you’ll be staying!

Go Sightseeing by Foot

Sightseeing is really just exercise hidden in a bit of fun! Take a walk and explore new places, take pictures and videos so you’ll always remember the places you’ve been. If you have a fitness monitor, like a Fitbit, or even just a newer iPhone, take it with you to keep track of your steps and how far you’ve gone!

Above all, don’t forget to enjoy your vacation! Yes, we encourage you to try to stay healthy, but remember to have fun and enjoy yourself!

Looking for more tips to keep on track during your vacation, check out more tips for healthy vacation dieting!

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