Lean bodies for lean travellers.
When on holiday, especially a good long one, it is not uncommon to “subconsciously” adopt an "I-can-eat-whatever-as-I’m-on-vacation" attitude. The result is often holiday pudge that one will have to shift somehow or another…maybe…maybe not. But then again, even the most disciplined and health-conscious travellers struggle to maintain a healthy lifestyle while traveling. Here are a few “stay somewhat on-track” eating guidelines the lean team came up with to combat the will power-depleting temptations along the way. These doable guidelines will reduce the urges and opportunities to over indulge and hopefully, a smaller pudge to get rid off when arriving home.
1. Plan Ahead and Know Where You're Going.
Choose hotels with mini-fridge and grocery stores and markets nearby. The closer they are, the easier it is to make a stop or two throughout your trip and stock up on healthy perishable items like fruits, cooked meats, pre-made salads etc. This will also make it easier on “not eating out” meals/days.
Experiencing new, local cuisine can be the highlight of any trip. So, do some research and identify a handful of restaurants along your route you may or may not visit. Have a look at their menus beforehand and have an idea of what suits you so you don’t get caught “off-guard” and waste a splurge for that day.
2. Splurge Strategically
Trying new foods is one of the most important and enjoyable parts of any vacation. Allow yourself a treat (a meal/a dish/alchohol) a day but be selective and pick something that is unique to that destination/occasion. Stick to a reasonable portion of whatever you choose, and savour every bite.
3. Snack Healthily - Eat Every 2 to 3 hours.
It doesn't have to be much; hard-boiled eggs, cold meats, yoghurt or local fresh fruits are good enough. This avoids a “so hungry I ate a whole packet of biscuits” situation.
4. Choose the Correct Booze.
Let’s face it. It is not a vacation without alcohol. When it comes to alcohol, many cocktails can easily top 500 calories. Avoid where possible. Try smarter choices like vodka with club soda and a splash of fruit juice or a gin and tonic. Or, rum/whiskey with diet coke. Otherwise, drink wine (dry white or bubblies) or beer (light) instead.
5. Smart Choices - Scan the Buffet/Menu/Snacks
Choose and eat plenty of protein. It stabilizes blood sugar; preventing energy lags, enhances concentration, and keeps you lean and strong for holiday activities. Feed your body with high-quality, lean protein e.g. beans, raw oats, broccoli, asparagus, salmon, tuna, chicken breasts, eggs, yoghurt, cottage cheese, almonds (small handful) etc.