Trying new restaurants while on vacation is sometimes the greatest part of your trip—lobster tail in Maine, craw-dads in the south, However, it can cause complete havoc on a healthy diet. Whether the trip is for business or leisure, being in a constant rush of appointments or activities can lead us to over eat, or only eat what is fast and easy. We took knowledge and opinions from the industry gurus and combined them into one article.
- Avoid fast food restaurants. This may be a familiar comfort you find in a city far away from home, but these types of meals are usually associated with high calorie and fat contents. Plus, you are missing out on the great local cuisine.
- Skip the all-you-can-eat buffets. Eating out can be bad enough with large portion sizes. Skip the plate loading game, especially at all-inclusive resorts. Go for a meal that is geared toward your body. If you are a runner, aim for the carbs! If it is already later in the evening, try a light salad to avoid falling asleep with a full stomach.
- Drink a lot of water. Long flights and travel days can cause dehydration. Experts recommend eating light on flights and staying hydrated. Avoid alcohol and sugary drinks until the flight is almost over. Also, make sure to get up and walk around occasionally, this will help avoid blood clotting.
- Be cautious with Room Service. Plan on eating scheduled meals throughout the day so you can avoid a late dinner from room service and then going straight to sleep. Studies show that calories are more likely to be stored as fat when falling asleep with a full stomach, rather than breaking them down for energy.
- Eat breakfast. Breakfast is arguably the most important meal of the day. Studies show that people who eat breakfast consume more vitamins, minerals, and fiber throughout the day. If you start your day with a full meal, your energy levels will stay high which aids you to burn off calories throughout the day much more easily.
- Stock your hotel fridge with healthy options. Find a local grocery store and grab a few apples, granola bars and healthy options so the mini bar temptation won’t get the better of you.
- Wash your hands. We hate to sound like a broken record, but keep your hands clean and away from your face. Bacteria can get under your fingernails and on your hands so easily when traveling. Do yourself a favor and just keep them clean!