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Healthy Vacation Eating

Vacation time is here! You deserve a break to relax and have a great summer. It’s very tempting to completely abandon your healthy habits when you go away, but you can still have a great time and avoid packing on the pounds this summer. Here are some tips:

  • Before heading to the airport, stock your bags with some healthy snacks. Nuts, granola bars, trail mix and apples all travel well.
  • Grab a turkey wrap and a fruit from home or a grilled chicken salad for the plane ride.
  • On the day of travel, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and go easy on the caffeine.
  • When you check in to your hotel, avoid the temptation of the mini-bar. Remember, you already have some great stuff to snack on when you feel hungry on your trip.
  • Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! If your hotel serves a continental breakfast, take advantage of the fresh fruit, yogurt and cereal.
  • Try to structure your meals during the day about three to four hours apart so that your hunger doesn’t get out of control.
  • Try not to make every meal a vacation celebration! Splurge responsibly and strike a balance. If you eat a heavy meal at lunch, eat a lighter dinner. Order a salad before the meal and skip the bread basket. Split a few appetizers or an entrée as your meal.
  • If you have a sweet tooth (like me!) save some “fun” calories for dessert, but ask for a few extra forks to share the treat. If you order a bottle of wine, skip on the dessert.

The bottom line is: be mindful of the choices you make on vacation, but don’t drive yourself crazy. After all, you’re supposed to take a break and have fun. Practice sensible splurging and you will come home feeling refreshed and not bogged down with extra baggage.

What healthy habits do you plan to practice on your summer vacation?

Elana Zimelman is a registered and licensed dietitian and certified diabetes educator at Cooper Clinic. For more information on nutrition consultations, call 972-560-2655.

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