Don’t undo your hard work while you’re away!
A holiday is a time to unwind, see new placed and try new things. But it can also cause your healthy eating and exercise habits to slip! Take a look at these tips to continue a healthy lifestyle and still enjoy your time away:
Watch out for buffets
Eat a healthy snack beforehand, so you’re not tempted to overeat and drinking water instead of going back for another helping.
Be careful when eating out
Look for or request dishes which have been poached, grilled or steamed.
- Choose lean meat or fish
- Pile your plate high with vegetables and salads
- Use a smaller plate
- Go easy on creamy salad dressings.
- Avoid side dishes such as chips
- Try not to have a starter AND a desert
- Base your meals around low-energy, dense foods such as pasta, potatoes, fruit, veg, eggs, fish and lean meat which will keep you fuller for longer
Take food with you
Food available at service stations, airports and ferry terminals is likely to be high in fat and calories. Take your own healthy snacks, sandwiches and fruit for the journey.
Drink in moderation
Avoid excess alcohol and limit yourself to a few drinks at the mealtime. Choose wine rather than sweet drinks and cocktails. Bear in mind that the empty calories in alcohol won’t satisfy your appetite and will make you more likely to choose unhealthy food and snacks. Keep well hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
Nuts and crisps are east to munch on but can be high in fat and calories, as well as salt. Take fresh fruit with you to the beach or poolside and avoid high-fat, calorific ice-creams. Choose fruit sorbet or water-based lollies instead.
Use your holiday as an opportunity to take exercise and get in great shape. Go for a walk on the beach, sight-seeing on foot, or why not hire a bike? Do lots of walking and swimming, play tennis or hit the dancefloor in the evenings!