Do you find it difficult to enjoy your vacation while traveling and eating healthy? This article offers eight tips to help you discipline yourself.
Tip 1: Try to plan your meals
While on vacation, it is recommended that you try to keep your eating patterns as regular as possible without completely changing your eating habits. This way, you can avoid the risk of putting everything in your mouth and overeating.
Tip 2: Eat slowly and enjoy your meals
When eating unhealthy products, try to enjoy them and eat slowly. Do not overeat potato chips or cheese. This way, you will know that you have consumed enough.
Tip 3: Make room in your stomach
Make sure you have room in your stomach and don’t stuff it.
Tip 4: Beware of the all-or-nothing mindset
A major pitfall is the so-called all-or-nothing mindset. For example, you eat a little more than you planned for two days, and then you think it doesn’t matter anymore. Of course, this is not true; two days of overeating is better than the following days or weeks of overeating. Bring yourself back to a healthy balance as soon as possible and try to prevent its recurrence.
Tip 5: Eat lots of vegetables
In order to feel full faster, eating lots of vegetables can help. I often advise my clients to make at least half of their regular plate of vegetables. At restaurants, ask for more vegetables and order a salad with them.
Tip 6: Watch your snacks and choose them wisely
You are often eating more calories than you realize. Snacks can make a big difference. They can help you become more aware of what you are eating. Try not to eat snacks when you are doing something other than eating. When you focus on eating, you will have a more accurate idea of how full you are.
If you feel like eating something sweet, choose something with fewer calories. For example, opt for water ice instead of ice cream. For more information on making smart choices when eating out, see the next article, “What to do at parties, outings, and get-togethers.
Tip 7: Drink less alcohol and more water
Drink plenty of water and alcohol sparingly. Alcoholic beverages are high in calories, and alcohol can also make you feel more relaxed and more likely to snack. Drink enough water to avoid dehydration. Additionally, some studies have shown that drinking water before meals can help you feel full faster.
Tip 8: Take healthy snacks with you on the go
It’s smarter to prepare snacks and lunches in advance rather than getting them at the gas station.
Get back in shape after your vacation
The first few days after a vacation can be a little hard because you have deviated from your normal eating pattern for a while and now you are used to it. However, get back on track as soon as possible. After a few days, you will often be back to a healthy rhythm.