Vacation season is definitely here and it’s easy to give up on eating healthy when you go on one. I know I struggle to eat healthy with all the fun offerings that are available while out and away from home. I eat healthy because it is vital to giving me the energy I need as well as keeping my mind sharp. This may sound crazy, but when I don’t eat healthy, I honestly feel sluggish, grouchy and I can definitely tell when I am not giving my body the vital nutrients it needs. Who wants to deal with grouchiness and fatigue on a trip? Since eating well on vacation presents some challenges, here are some tips on how to eat healthy on vacation.
Book a hotel room with a kitchenette if possible- These can often be only a tiny bit more and the savings on food alone is worth it. With a kitchenette, you will often have a mini fridge, a microwave and sometimes a hot plate and sink. This will allow you to buy healthy snacks like yogurt and fresh fruit and have a place to keep them cool. On top of that, you can save money on eating out because you can also store stuff to make a quick lunch of salads and sandwiches, as well.
Do your research before you get to your destination- Knowing where to eat helps your trip run smoothly and allows you to really narrow it down to places that match your palette, budget and nutritional needs.
Bring along some stuff from home- I take many supplements in my food from flax seeds to turmeric because I am a chronic pain sufferer. Take some with you to add to take out salads and meals. It’s so easy to sprinkle on some seeds!
Choose to skip fast food- We all know that there are very few healthy options on a fast food menu, but even if you are not big on fast food at home, it’s easy to stop into one on vacation because you are trying to cram lots of fun into a day. Instead, look for small cafes or local joints. You will often find better fare there and you will get to sample some local favorites you can’t get at home!
Eat family style if you are traveling in a group- This allows you to all share your plates and you get more variety as well as being able to pick and choose what you want.
Don’t skip meals- This is important because while on vacation, you will probably be doing more than you normally would. Your body needs that energy! Skipping breakfast to get out and have fun might sound like a good idea, but ideally, you should be eating your biggest meal full of fruits, protein and carbs to boost your energy at breakfast time.
Find a farmer’s Market- This can be part of your itinerary for your trip and is a great way to immerse yourself in the local culture and cuisine. Additionally, it’s a great place to pick up some healthy snacks, too.
Keep in mind that eating healthy on vacation is important not only so you have the energy to do all the fun stuff you want, but people often get sick right after a vacation because they weren’t watching nutrition and depleted their immune systems with plane rides and lots of out of the ordinary activity.
Written By Christine Tolhurst from Saved By Grace Blog
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