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.
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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