Finding ways to eat healthy on vacation can feel difficult because of how easy it is to go overboard. But going on vacation is not a reason to overeat and ditch all of your healthy eating habits.
Going on vacation is the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and unplug from your daily stressors. I love the feeling of exploring new places and trying local food.
But here is a little mindset shift I want you to consider. Instead of feeling like a vacation is a time to overindulge and come back feeling like you need to detox and reset, how about thinking of ways to stay aligned with your weight loss and health goals so you feel better than ever when you come back from that vacation?
Honestly this mindset shift has changed my life and perspective every time I am away from my usual routines and rituals.
So today, I will be sharing practical and helpful tips on how to keep your healthy eating habits in balance while enjoying your vacation.
How To Eat Healthy On Vacation
Start the day with a healthy protein- and fiber-packed breakfast
Starting the day right with a healthy breakfast is KEY! Your breakfast usually sets the tone for the rest of the day. When you eat breakfast that is balanced right, it keeps your blood sugar levels stabilized and can help prevent you from overeating throughout the day.
Some ideas of a protein- and fiber-packed breakfast include: veggie omelet with a side of berries, oats with hemp and chia seeds, fiber packed smoothie, whole grain cereal with nuts and seeds like flax, chia or hemp and adding powdered peanut butter.
One of the easiest things you can do on vacation is packing healthy snacks. With all of the convenient options you can buy today, healthy snacking is easier than ever. You can buy pre cut vegetables and put them in separate containers or zip lock bags, you can also buy nut butter that comes in single portion sizes. There are just so many options and it does not have to take up any of your time. It all comes down to planning in order to stay consistent with your goals.
For more ideas on how to stay consistent with your healthy eating goals, click here.
Use the local grocery stores
This has become extremely important after I had kids. Anytime we go on a family vacation we visit the local grocery stores to load up on fruits and vegetables and lean protein. It makes our life so much easier to have our usuals on hand especially with picky eaters.
You don’t have to go overboard here, but just having something easy and quick on hand can change the day. It also helps you save money and time because you’re not rushing to a fast food restaurant every time you get hungry. Not to mention it saves you lots of extra calories down the line. Even though I totally believe all foods fit no matter what your health and weight loss goals are, those extra calories do add up over time. It is important to find a balance where you enjoy your favorite foods, like ice cream, without going overboard on a consistent basis.
To learn about some mindset shifts to consider while you’re on a weight loss/ healthy eating journey, click here.
Staying active is key
I used to fall for the trap of thinking that all fun activities on vacation need to revolve around food, but that quickly changed when I became aware of this subconscious thought.
Here is the truth: not all of your fun activities need to revolve around food.
Find ways to have fun that get you active and that don’t always include eating. I love food, don’t get me wrong. But staying active and doing things that have you moving your body helps you feel good afterwards. Some examples include playing volleyball on the beach, going for a walk or biking through town, or checking out a local museum.
Dehydration is common when traveling, especially when flying. Bring an empty water bottle to the airport and fill it up after you pass security. Also make sure to take a bottle wherever you go to help keep you hydrated.
I hope these tips were helpful for your next vacation! Don’t forget to have fun, relax and enjoy yourself 🙂 Follow me on Instagram for more updates.