Don’t Take A Vacation From Your Diet, Says AAA

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FLORHAM PARK—When you’re on vacation, it’s easy to adopt a “no limits” philosophy when it comes to food.  This mindset – along with a week of unhealthy meals – can be devastating to both your motivation and your waistline.  To help prevent this, AAA New Jersey offers smart eating tips that won’t derail your vacation fun – or your diet.

Think of healthy eating as a lifestyle change, not a short-term goal.  Crash dieting is unhealthy and won’t keep the weight off permanently.  Healthy eating habits are something you should practice all the time, especially when you’re on vacation.

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Try some of the following:
• Skip the “free” breakfast – instead of having a doughnut or croissant at the complimentary breakfast, opt for fruit and low-fat granola.  If you’re accustomed to starting your day with cereal, choose a healthy option from the buffet and use low- or non-fat milk.

• Drink plenty of water – thirst often masquerades as hunger, especially when it is hot and humid.

• Make lunch your “main” meal – it’s often cheaper than dinner, and you’ll likely burn lunchtime calories during the day’s activities.

• Splurge, but not at every meal – don’t let the “I’m on vacation” attitude lead to a week of overeating.  Designate a few meals as special and skimp on the others.

• Postpone dessert – indulging the first night of vacation can lead to a defeated feeling, causing you to overeat the rest of your vacation.  Instead, wait until day three or four to indulge in sweets.

• Watch the alcohol, especially the umbrella kind – the rich coconut milk, sugar and rum in those yummy tropical drinks can total nearly 400 calories each!

• Get moving – make your workout regiment part of your vacation.  Morning jogger? Bring your running shoes.  Half-hour on the stationary bike or treadmill? Stay at a hotel with a gym.  Yoga or Pilates? Throw in the mat.


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