How to Vacation and Stay Healthy by Cole Millen


Happy Mother’s Day everyone, here is a great article about how to eat and stay healthy even on vacation!! This was written and submitted to Complete Body Nutrition by guest blogger Cole Millen. Thanks for the great info Cole. 🙂

You have been planning to go away on vacation for a few weeks. You bought a new swimsuit and even lost those last 20 pounds. With a little planning and preparation, you can continue to make healthy eating choices and activities even while on vacation.

Even when you are at the airport traveling to your destination, you can start making healthy choices. Walk around the terminal while waiting for your connection flight instead of just sitting down. While you are walking around make sure to avoid all of the high sugary items and try and find healthy alternatives like baked chicken or salads. It is a great idea to bring healthy snack options with you like dried fruits, vegetables and nuts to curb your appetite when you are trying to feed a craving. Drinking an abundance of water to keep your body hydrated is also very smart.

One of the most important aspects of a healthy week is ensuring that you are staying in a health friendly hotel. The type of amenities offered at the hotel can very easily determine this. A swimming pool and/or exercise room is a good sign. If there is a restaurant on site, check out the menu. Healthy items such as a salad bar or steamed vegetable sides are a good indicator of a health friendly hotel, as opposed to a fried, fast food alternative. A little research can help you out immensely in this department.

On a recent trip of mine out west, I found a great site that listed reviews for hotels in Las Vegas regarding not only the amenities offered at the hotel, but also regarding the restaurants in the area nearby. This allowed me to find a health conscious hotel that fit my lifestyle and also allowed for me to plan out the restaurants I wanted to visit to pick both nutritious and delicious items.

Making smart food choices when dining can keep you on a healthy track. For breakfast, look for healthy items such as low fat yogurt, oatmeal, or any whole grain options. Pick a hardboiled egg and eat the egg white only instead of going for an omelet smothered in cheese. When looking for somewhere for lunch or dinner, look at the menu before you sit down to check out the healthy options. A fish restaurant or one with a salad bar would be your healthy choice, as opposed to a franchise restaurant with a mascot and quick service. Choose menu items that are broiled, steamed, or marinated while avoiding those that are fried, smothered, or battered. Pick vegetable sides instead of ones loaded with carbs. If you don’t see something you like exactly, ask the restaurant if they can prepare it a certain way, like sauce “on the side” or without cheese.

Another healthy tip while traveling is simply getting enough physical activity. Walk between visiting places of interest if possible. It also gives you a chance to enjoy the local sights. Take the stairs instead of the elevator when going in and out of the hotel. Pick activities that get you moving, like windsurfing on the ocean instead of watching a show for a few hours.

While vacations are a time to indulge and relax, as you can see, you can still remain healthy and eat nutritiously. All it takes is a little planning and knowing what is the healthy choice to make when presented with options.

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