3 easy-to-follow tips
When you’re on vacation, there’s only one way to start the day: get up and sweat. A quick morning workout sets the tone for a healthy day. And you don’t have to go to the hotel gym. Instead, take advantage of your unique surroundings and find ways to get around like a vacation. For example, take a walk around the city for an hour and explore new streets, shops and cafes. You can also jog on the beach, swim laps in the pool, or sign up for a morning snorkeling class or yoga on the beach.
Remember, it’s not where you eat, it’s what you eat. And you can find something healthy (or healthy-ish) anywhere. Here is a guide to follow:
- Egg white omelet with vegetables and fresh fruits.
- Grilled chicken or fish salad (dressing on the side and take it slow) OR
- Turkey sandwich stacked with lettuce, tomato, pickles (for condiments, spread mustard or a thin layer of ketchup, barbecue sauce or mayonnaise on a slice of bread). If you are feeling very motivated, lose the top slice of bread. If your only options are larger rolls, remove some of the middle dough.
- Grilled, baked or broiled fish, chicken or lean steak (don’t ask for butter). Double up on the side vegetables (steamed, roasted or sautéed vegetables – anything goes!) And skip the side starch, like pasta, rice or potatoes. Try to avoid pasta dishes.
- Fresh fruit (with an optional squirt of whipped cream).
- End the meal with a tasty cup of tea.
- Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and light popcorn.
- Glass of wine or champagne.
- Light beer.
- Club soda with a glass of vodka or tequila and a little fruit juice.
Enjoy daily madness: Holidays are about exploring a new place, trying new things and soaking up the atmosphere. You can (and should) let yourself enjoy a “cheat” food every day. Be strategic and choose something unique to the region you are visiting. Maine lobster in butter? Lime pie? Tire on the boardwalk or soft ice cream? Famous hotel fries? Whatever you choose, keep the portion relatively controlled and eat slowly so you can enjoy each delicious bite and really savor the flavor.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! With warm temperatures and fun summer activities that make you sweat, staying hydrated is more important than ever. But how much do you need? Divide your weight in half and that’s roughly the number of ounces of fluids you need in any given day. If you are an exercise fan, spend long periods of time outdoors, take frequent airplanes, or live in a dry climate, you may need more. Take a reusable water bottle and fill it with cold water early in the morning. Try to drink and fill the bottle at least a few times a day.
Plan ahead. When planning a vacation, incorporate fun outdoor activities into your itinerary and research food and restaurants. It’s amazing how many exciting things you’ll discover and you’ll be better organized and prepared to take your health class.
If you’re not going anywhere this summer, bring a vacation vibe to the kitchen with my a sheet of jambalaya with shrimp and sausage recipe! And don’t forget to tune in weekly for more Beach Busters tips.