Many people go on vacation and leave their diet behind. Getting back into the routine when they get back can be a challenge after treating the body to a different eating style for days or weeks. Keep the momentums going by taking your diet habits with you on vacation? You’ll come home feeling better without the guilt of needing to start all over again.
Vacations Feed The Cravings
You go on vacation to satisfy certain needs. The food establishments you encounter on vacation want to do the same. They want to satisfy your food cravings which make them risky in three ways:
- Restaurants tend to serve large portions. People have the tendency to eat all of their meal since taking leftovers back to the hotel may be a problem.
- To maximize flavor and appeal, menu items typically are high in sodium, fats, cholesterol and calories.
- It is difficult to determine the number of calories or grams of fat in the menu items.
One way to deal with this is by watching what you eat carefully and remember the word “moderation.” You can still enjoy great meals on your vacation and stay on your diet.
Plan Your Meals
Often on vacation, meals are a spontaneous affair. Take some time to find restaurants near you that will let you enjoy a good meal while allowing you to keep close to your diet. The hotel desk or concierge will have suggestions as to places that are less “touristy” that may offer you a better experience.
Eat In Once Each Day
Pick one meal every day that you have in your room. For breakfast, oatmeal, fruit, whole-grain breakfast bars or cereal will fill you up and give you energy for the day. Have some yogurt and fruit for lunch. You’ll be less sluggish for your afternoon activities.
Drink a lot of water on your vacation and look for no-calorie drinks in the restaurants. Club soda, sparkling water, or just a slice of lemon, lime or orange with your water is refreshing. Try to minimize your alcohol intake. It can make staying on a diet very challenging. Treat yourself to wine or beer occasionally but keep in mind your “moderation” mantra.
You can still enjoy some of your favorite dishes just by ordering a smaller portion. Split an entree with your partner. If your room has a refrigerator or microwave, take home half of your meal.
There are ways that you can request your items be prepared so you have better control over your diet:
- Ask for meat to be grilled instead of fried
- Ask for sauces to be served on the side
- Ask for a side salad instead of fries
- Ask for whole-grain breads, brown rice and tortillas
The more you are in control of what you are eating on vacation, the better chance you have of staying on your diet. Don’t punish yourself for “cheating” and allow yourself some of those decadent treats. If you can stay partly on your diet while on vacation, you’re much better off than leaving it at home entirely while you’re away.