Tips for Eating Healthy while on Vacation

A Healthy New Year

February 23, 2015

At the beginning of the year, like so many other people typically do, I resolved to try and develop healthier eating habits. I guess the reality of being in my 40's has begun to slowly sink in.  I know that I want to be around to see my kids grow up and have kids of their own. My biggest challenge of all was giving up my Diet Cokes. Anyone who knows me well, will tell you how very much I LOVE Diet Cokes! I knew they were bad for me, but I always made excuses for myself. I am proud to say, that I have not had a Diet Coke since January. I have worked hard to minimize processed foods and excess carbs for myself and my family, and add in more fruits and veggies. I know that it will help all of us in the long run. 
My new challenge awaits me in 9 days. I will be escorting the South Forsyth Middle School Band to Disney World. It is my happy place, and has a lot of my favorite foods. I started thinking about what I should do to make healthy choices, but still enjoy myself. I thought that I would share some of my ideas with you this week.

Tips for Eating Healthy while on Vacation

1. Resist Splurging. With most restaurants giving us very large portions these days, it is no wonder we are tempted to overeat. If you were raised like me, your parents may have told you to be sure to clean your plate. Resist the urge to eat it all. Be okay with stopping when you feel full. Don't eat unless you are really hungry. Other good ideas are to share with a friend, order a la carte items, or order from the kids menu if allowed. 
2. Don't Deprive yourself. Give yourself permission to have one "treat" per day. Again, everything in moderation. You had better believe that I will have some of my favorite caramel popcorn from Germany! I will just have a few bites and share the rest with my group of girls. After all, you are on vacation! 
3. Walk, walk, walk. Make up for some of the extra calories with activity. There is definitely some walking involved in a Disney vacation! For other destinations, think about taking a stroll on the beach after dinner, or a good swim in the hotel pool. Walk through the shops, go on an excursion, or go sightseeing to add in a few steps each day.
4. Make wise choices. You can still make good choices and order foods that appeal to you. Order mustard on your sandwich instead of mayo, or marinara sauce instead of alfredo. Limit your high fat meats, like pork or beef to twice a week. Have the burger, but order a side salad, steamed veggies, or fruit instead of the fries. You could also order the turkey, veggie, or bison burger instead of the beef. 
5. Make water your friend. It is very easy to get dehydrated while traveling, especially when you are out in the sun more than your body is used to. Keep a refillable water bottle with you, or stock your hotel refrigerator with bottles of water instead of sodas. Take it with you in your backpack, or in your car. Drinking water will not only keep you hydrated, but it helps you to resist the munchies too. Also, don't forget how much money you can save by simply ordering water. For our family, it easily saves us $10.00 at a sit down restaurant, which is a great bonus to saving calories! 
  
**A big thanks to WebMD for some of these helpful ideas!