Do you âforgetâ to eat healthy while on vacation?
Summertime is the perfect opportunity for people across the country to get out and explore their surrounding areas and indulge in long, leisurely trips or short weekend getaways, but this can sometimes lead to health issues, believe it or not.
As great as these experiences are, the further you are from home, the further you are from your diet. âWell,â you might say, âIâm on vacation; I deserve a small break from my healthy eating routine!â
Nobody wants to miss out on tasty summertime meals while on vacation, but it doesnât mean you canât eat healthy and sensibly. Whether youâre at a fast-food restaurant in an airport, a strip mall alongside a freeway, or dining in a big-city bistro, you can keep your diet on track this summer!Letâs face it; most restaurants in America are not very healthy. Portion sizes are often way too big and many of the meals are packed with processed foodsâespecially in fast-food chains and in restaurants outside major cities, where selection is often limited. But that doesnât mean options donât exist. If youâre on the road in DC, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, California, Pennsylvania or Virginia, and see a âsweetgreenâ restaurant, eat thereâsweetgreen restaurants specialize in organic, delicious fast food. âChopâtâ is another healthy restaurant chain offering premium saladsâyou can find locations in DC and New York.If you canât find a healthy restaurant chain, then be smart when choosing food from traditional restaurants to keep your calories in check. Splitting entrees with someone else is a great way to stay full on fewer calories. You can also order a take-out tray with your meal and immediately pack away half of it for later. And because appetizers are essentially the same size as a meal used to be, ordering one of them (or two if theyâre small) as your meal can fill you up while keeping calories down. Just make sure you avoid the deep-fried options whenever you have the choice.
If you find yourself in a situation where you absolutely have to eat a traditional fast-food meal, you still have options. First: stay away from the big salads. These are usually laden in creamy, calorie-dense dressings; so despite their appearance they are not good for you. Instead order a hamburgerâa smaller oneâand a side salad with a vinaigrette dressing. You can even elect to forgo the hamburger bun; or at least only eat half of it, to save yourself from consuming added sugars and empty calories. Finally, leave the soda in the fountain and opt for water. Having some mineral water with lime is a nice healthy alternative.
There are also ways to make healthful choices for those lazy nights when you donât want to leave the hotel. For example, if youâre in the mood for pizza, then order a healthier pizza. Get a thin crust (whole grain if possible) and fill it up with veggies and a lean meat (i.e. chicken breast). Stick to two to three slices and youâll be fine. The calories add up on pizza when you start eating four or more slices, or load it up with extra cheese, doughy crusts and greasy meats like pepperoni, sausage, and bacon.
Typically, vacation-time means letting loose. Plus, itâs easy to justify over-indulging because youâre spending more time walking around. But calories add up really fast…especially at restaurants. Be smart and donât sabotage your weight this summer!
See more :
- Healthy Eating Begins in Your Kitchen: Benefits of Home-Cooked Meals
- How Train Your Body to Crave Healthy Foods
- Three Small Tips to Get the Most from Your Healthy Diet