Tell me if this sounds familiar … You go weeks, even months, dutifully eating healthfully and exercising. And then, whammo blammo, one week of vacation and everything is in a tizzy. All eating rules go out the window. And exercise? What’s exercise?
But it’s not a given that vacation = out-of-control eating. With just a few simple strategies, your summer spree can be a healthy one.
Start the trip the right way
The airport is not exactly known for its healthy cuisine. Truck stops aren’t much better. Whether you’re going by train, plane, or automobile, pack a healthy meal and some snacks, such as hummus and veggies, whole-wheat crackers and cheese, or low-fat yogurt with walnuts.
Eat a good daily breakfast
Once you reach your destination, make sure you begin each day with a healthy breakfast. That will set you on the right path and fuel your body for the day ahead. An egg omelet with berries, whole-wheat toast with avocado slices, or oatmeal made with low-fat milk are all good options.
It sounds obvious, but it’s one of the first healthy habits to go out the window when going out of town. And traveling — particularly in the summer — can be dehydrating. To prevent that from happening, keep a water bottle with you at all times. And choose plenty of water-based snacks like watermelon and cucumbers. You can also take Replace® SR [LINK OUT] to help maintain fluid balance on active days. It works by releasing truly balanced electrolytes slowly over a 4- to 6-hour period as your body needs them to absorb the fluids you drink. Simply drink plenty of water according to thirst.*
Hey, you’re on vacation, not jail. So let yourself splurge on one thing every day. Make it count. Choose something your destination is known for, not something silly. In other words, if you’re in Texas, enjoy some barbecued ribs, but skip the French fries you can get any day. If you’re in New Orleans, chow down on some crawfish etouffee but skip the bread basket. (But if you’re in Paris, enjoy every bite of that fresh-baked baguette!) Try to indulge at lunch so you’ll have plenty of time to burn off the calories.
Getting away from your desk gives you the plenty of opportunities to move your body. Sure, sitting on the beach and reading a good book is relaxing, but make sure to schedule some walks on the sand as well. Make a date with your spouse to play a round of tennis or golf. See the local sites by foot. And if you’re staying on the fifth floor of a hotel, take the stairs instead of the elevator at least once or twice a day.
Give yourself a break
Okay, so you enjoyed a little too many chips with your guacamole or threw back a few too many pina coladas. Don’t beat yourself up — and don’t throw in the proverbial towel. Just because you went off the rails for one day, that doesn’t mean you should give up your goal of doing things right this trip. Just pick yourself up, brush yourself off, and start all over again. Tomorrow is a new — healthy — day!
Pack an ounce of prevention
Throw a multi-vitamin into your suitcase to make sure you stay energized throughout your busy day. While you may have the best intentions of eating healthfully 24/7, reality may not let that happen. Fill any nutrient gaps with a high-quality multivitamin like ENDUR-VM® Multi-Vitamin & Mineral.
Each once-daily tablet provides over 20 essential vitamins and minerals, including protective antioxidants, B vitamins, vitamin D3, and trace minerals. With our proprietary vegetable-based wax matrix, each tablet gradually releases nutrients over a 4-6 hour period for high nutrient absorption and tissue retention.*
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.