Vacations are a great way to break away from your daily work routine and every day stress to experience new places and unwind, relax and rejuvenate. But don’t let vacation be an excuse to leave your healthy habits behind. You’ve spent the last few months tightening up your diet, exercising to drop some fat, and toning up to be fitter and healthier. In fact, you can enjoy vacations even more with energy to spare when you stick to your regular healthy routines as much as possible.
Plan ahead so you can continue eating balanced meals as often as possible and make smart choices when eating out throughout your trip to eliminate skipping meals or overeating. Remember that adequate sleep, proper hydration and exercise are all lifestyle choices. The following tips can help you and your family stay energetic, healthy, and make the most of your vacation fun.
- 1. Don’t skip meals.
Eating regularly scheduled, balanced meals for breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner can help balance blood sugar levels already within a normal range and keep energy levels at their peak. When you skip meals, especially breakfast, you can experience low blood sugar, hunger and fatigue which can easily lead to binge eating.
2. Avoid Binge Eating.
Resist the need to splurge and overindulge just because it’s vacation. Traveling with bags of chips, cookies and other unhealthy snacks are only unnecessary calories and grams of fat that spike blood sugar and zap energy when you need it most.
3. Visit local supermarkets to stock up on nutritious snacks.
Choose fresh fruit and yogurt or deli salads and sandwiches for a balanced, healthy breakfast or lunch. Also, I never leave home without a supply of Balance Bars. Balance Bars are convenient for a quick breakfast with tea or coffee and as an afternoon snack with a bottle of water.
4. Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine found in coffee or many energy drinks.
Large amounts of caffeine might give you a short burst of energy, but you’ll be even more tired when the caffeine wears off and energy levels crash. Caffeine can also interfere with healthy sleep patterns.
5. Hydrate properly.
Staying properly hydrated can help prevent fatigue. Fill portable water bottles every day and keep them with you at all times. Staying hydrated can help you avoid grabbing soda and other sugar-filled, energy-zapping beverages that are high in unnecessary carbohydrates and calories.
6. Get adequate sleep.
Adequate sleep can help you wake up feeling physically and emotionally refreshed to take on another fun-filled day. Active vacation days with late nights can lead to sluggish days. Try to follow your regular sleep routine and just in case, pack a set of ear plugs to block unwanted sleep-disrupting noise.
If your vacations plans aren’t physically active, make time to include daily exercise. When you exercise regularly, you’ll experience more energy. Remember to pack appropriate workout wear and your most comfortable walking shoes.
You can enjoy your vacation with energy to spare when you keep your diet and fitness in mind. You’ll bring home happy memories and feel refreshed. And keep in mind, that if you do splurge a bit experiencing the local fare, just get back on track when you return home.
Joyce Daoust is a Certified Nutritionist, Balance Bar® spokesperson and national best-selling co-author of THE FORMULA, A Personalized 40-30-30 Weight Loss Program