It is rare that you will ever hear the term, “post-vacation syndrome” which will technically mean needing a vacation from a vacation. Factors will probably involve sunburned skin, sleeplessness, chlorine-damaged hair, and those extra pounds.
Going on vacation is mainly about indulging yourself and not passing up on those delicious delicacies - whether frozen, baked, or fried. Occasional treats are fine, but they can turn into treat after treat, and then more treats. When we eat for health, we consume foods that are good for us, even while on vacation. At the end of the day, it is real food that gives us energy, provides proper functioning of our bodies, and helps to protect our skin while out in the sun.
There is something exciting about leaving the confines of a hotel or condo where we can cook and store food items and opting for local cuisine foods that are slathered in grease. Listed below are a few tips to follow while on vacation without the risk of falling into a gluten-induced hangover.
Carry Healthy Snacks With You
Whether you are on a flight or taking a car ride to your destination, having an assortment of healthy, non-perishable snacks can make a difference between a fresh alternative and processed foods. Having snacks on hand can save a lot of time and money. Here are a few examples.
Ants On A Log
Rice Cakes With Dried Cranberries, Coconut and Peanut Butter
Gluten-Free Pretzel Twists. ...
Pomegranate Seeds and Nuts
Trail Mix. ...
Limit or Skip Sugar Intake
It is good to know how to bend or break the rules without allowing yourself to fall off track. For example, if you are going to treat yourself after a long day of activities, make it a special occasion. Select a day to treat yourself versus making these foods a part of your daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the whole vacation. In this way, you are prone to staying on track. Opt for a fresh smoothie over processed desserts.
Eat Like You Would Do at Home
Being on vacation should not be a reason to to disregard normal eating habits. With many vacationers, they will spend a bulk of money on pricier foods at overpriced restaurants and diners. If you are adamant about staying on track and saving costs, try meal prepping. This will prevent any leftovers that will eventually go to waste. This also helps when you do not want to cook.
This method will reprogram you into not seeing vacations as an excuse to consume processed junk foods. This will mentally help you to plan ahead. Anything that you wouldn't normally eat a home, you will most likely not eat while spending time in another country or state.
Go On a Picnic During Your Stay
There is nothing better than filling up a basket or cooler with nutritious foods that are delicious and setting up camp in an area that overlooks a scenic view. You can pick out what you like to eat at a local supermarket versus hitting up a local restaurant. You can watch as the children play while soaking in their vitamin Ds.
If it just so happens you've gotten off the nutritional food wagon and you feel that all is lost, do not be too hard on yourself! A vacation is a time to unwind and relax. You can always swing back to your normal eating regimen at any time.
Valerie lives in New York. As a health advocate, she shares tips and steps on maximizing nutrition, weight and fitness goals to help others embrace a healthier lifestyle. She blogs at Halfmile Fitness.