Summertime can be lot of fun. Whether we go to the beach, having a backyard barbecue at your friend’s, or spending our vacation days traveling around the world, all summer getaways include major food indulgences. Many people adopt an all-bets-are-off mindset, and eating food that is not so healthy.
Health’s contributing nutrition editor, Cynthia Sass, RD says that “a vacation eating attitude often means indulging in the moment and worrying about the consequences later”
Researchers from the University of Georgia agree with this. They conducted a research and found that some people who take more than 3 weeks vacations,gainup to 7 pounds in this period! Shocking, right?
In this short article we will give you few pointers to help you avoid any weight gain.With the help of these tips, you don’t have to worry about putting some pounds, pack your bags and get ready for the best summer ever!
Control your morning meal
We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s important not to skip the breakfast or to overeat. Always control your breakfast, snacks, and portions. Many experts suggest practicing mindful eating. Mindful eating practices promote awareness of experiences related to the desire to eat, actual sensations of hunger, fullness, satisfaction and enjoyment.
You can also eat a cup of berries or another healthy snacks before breakfast. It’ll help take the edge off of your hunger so you can order smartly.
When going on an all-day trip you should always bring snacks.Because if you don’t, you’ll probably be too hungry by your next meal and then eat more than you should.
If there aren’t healthy snack options available en route, you may wind up choosing food you usually wouldn’t eat. Remember to always plan ahead, pack portable treats, and be sure your pick has protein.
For example, you can build every snack with a protein and a fruit and vegetables. Choose a piece of fruit and set it with Greek yogurt, a cheese stick, two tablespoons of nut butter, or 10 to 15 raw nuts. The protein will keep the hunger at bay till the next meal and the fruit packs fiber and other key nutrients.
If you go on a vacation, it does not mean you should not go grocery shop. You can meals on your own orcomplement room service or restaurant meals. For a light breakfast you can choose fruit, yogurt, and oatmeal. Also plain popcorn, hummus, individual nut butter packets, and healthy crackers to have smart snack alternatives on hand at all times.
Avoid the buffet
It’s not easy to resista plate of pancakes, fruit, bacon, rushed eggs, and a chocolate-filled croissant on the side from the buffet. However,if you are not careful, you might easily pack in a day’s worth of calories. With buffets it’s far too simple to overdo portion sizes and consume past the point of fullness.
Don’t feel obligated to eat everything in sight. Even if you have to pay for a buffet, do not see it as not getting your money’s worth. It is better to pay more for a correctly sized meal that will makeyou feel energized, rather than getting more food for that amount of money that’sgoing to makeyou feel full and sluggish.
You can stick to adjustable meals, like a made-to-order omelet with lots of veggies and avocado paired with fresh fruit, or a made-to-order stir fry that allows you to pick lots of veggies, lean protein, and light sauce with a portion of wild rice that you can control.
Take the long way
Going on a vacation does not always mean that you have to lay all day on the beach and read a book. Move as much as you can. You can have a nice walk on the beach, jog, paddleboard or another fun activity so you can have extra delights at your destinations and fully enjoy your travel experience.