So you are going on vacation? Don’t let your Spring Break travel plans interrupt your healthy lifestyle change. Plan ahead and use these simple tips that will help you make the most out of your Spring Break.
Remember, if you have been eating healthy and suddenly devour a lot of high fat foods, you are most likely going to feel sick. And who wants to feel sick on vacation?
Bring A Cooler
A good cooler is a must have while on Spring Break. Being able to bring water, healthy snacks, lunches, and fruit while you are out by the pool or on the ocean will allow you to stay hydrated and stay healthy. Spending all day in the hot sun and burning through calories with outdoor activities without eating small snacks throughout the day only sets you up to gorge at dinner time. By eating small snacks and meals during the day will allow yourself to not feel as hungry and eat meals that are smarter and lighter.
Pack Healthy Snacks
Healthy and easily transported snacks like nuts such as almonds, cashews, peanuts, and pistachios are perfect for a day out by the pool or ocean. These protein packed foods also contain good fats and are also a great energy boost to hold you over until your next meal.
Find A Local Grocery Store
When you arrive at your destination, try to make a trip to the local grocery store and stock up for the stay. Hopefully this will allow you to stay closer to healthy lifestyle and stick to some meal prepping. Not only will this keep you eating healthy during your vacation, it will also keep you from going out for every meal and spending even more money!
Most fruits are very low in fat and calories but extremely high in valuable nutrients. Again, most Spring Break trips are typically spent in warmer climates making it very important to stay hydrated. And let’s be honest, there are usually some beverages being consumed that dehydrate us while we are having fun so increasing our water intake is even more vital. Fruits such as apples, pineapples, pears, oranges, plums, raspberries, and apricots all contain at least 84% water content.
Most Spring Break trips are often to warm, sunny areas, on or near water. Although it may not be your first choice, this is a great opportunity to indulge in great fresh local seafood. Fish and other seafood items are a great source of protein and omega-3 fats that contain natural anti-oxidants.
At the end of the day, remember that this is a vacation. While it would be unwise to throw away all your hard work on one Spring Break trip, you have worked hard and deserve some relaxation. Treat yourself to a meal of your choice or eat some foods that you may have sworn off for awhile but keep in mind portion control and strong will. Don’t take 2 steps forward only to take 3 steps back on Spring Break. You can still continue your healthy lifestyle while having a wonderful Spring Break filled with tons of fun!