For many of us, weeks of clean eating and exercise are carried out in preparation for our summer vacation so we can feel cool and comfortable on the beach. However, if like me you struggle to maintain this lifestyle whilst on holiday, then this article is for you! We are going to share with you some helpful tips and ideas which will allow you to keep on track whilst away.
Eat Before you Fly!
Maintaining a healthy body is not about eating less, it is about eating right. So, make sure you have a substantial meal before leaving the house. This will prevent temptation from snacking on a packet of Minstrels from WHSmith or grabbing a ‘quick bite’, which will most likely be from the highly accessible, and nearly affordable fast food/takeaway venues you find in Airports. This will help you avoid the highly addictive and unnecessary sugars, fats and calories!
Beat the Cravings!
It is natural that many of us crave sugary things when tired, aiming to give ourselves a quick boost of energy. But instead of chocolate, take advantage of the locally sourced fresh fruit you get abroad, which is often extra juicy and sweet. This point is particularly important if you are tired following a long journey, or suffering jetlag, so make sure you grab a bite to eat before hunger ensues. If you beat your mind to the sugary cravings by eating natural sugars with slow releasing energy then you can avoid temptation altogether and stay on track managing your weight!
Substitutes not Sobriety!
If like me enjoying an alcoholic beverage is one of your favourite parts of the holiday, then those sugars creep up on you. Holidays would not be the same without a few relaxing drinks by the poolside, or out in the evening. So, instead of telling you to avoid alcohol (as I would be a hypocrite), I have comprised a list of healthier drinks…
|Drink (250ml glass)||Calories||Benefits|
|Gin and Slimline||59||It has a diuretic effect to reduce bloating.|
|Bloody Mary||125||High in Vitamin A, C and potassium, and is low in sugars.|
|Red Wine||123 (5 oz)||Improves metabolism, suppresses appetite and reduces the risk of heart disease.|
|Mojito (without the sugar syrup!)||92||Rum reduces stress and anxiety to help you relax!|
|Tequila, soda water and fresh lime||69||Tequila revs up your metabolism and improves digestion.|
If is also important to stay mindful of carbonated drinks! Whilst ‘Diet’ coke or ‘slimline’ tonic water assists you in avoiding sugars, the carbonated content leads to bloating.
Morale over Money!
Whilst buffets are appealing due to value for money, they’re also a dangerous temptation. When it comes to getting the most for my penny, I consider myself a bit of a pro, and attending buffets is no exception to the rule! So, if you are offered a buffet on holiday, see it less as a challenge and more of an opportunity. As opposed to filling your belly, feed your body. Kick start your metabolism with a balanced breakfast, full of fruit and lean meats and reap the benefits throughout the day.
This isn’t to say you need to find the local gym, but make sure you are staying active throughout the day! If you’re in a new city then go explore the sites by foot! A couple of hours of activity a day, whether it’s taking a walk or a few laps of the pool, it will keep your metabolism going for improved digestion! Equally, rent a bike! An increasing number of countries, particularly in Europe, are becoming more cyclist friendly, so go explore on two wheels, not four!
Nonetheless, a holiday is a time to relax in the company of your loved ones. Don’t fret too much if you can’t maintain your weight whilst away; just look forward to shedding those pounds again upon your arrival home!
Love and Passion,