Healthy Eating On Vacation? Yes, It Can Be Done

By Michele Robert Poche

Vacations.  They expand our experiences and broaden our horizons.  Unfortunately, that’s not all they expand and broaden.  What is it about traveling that makes us abandon our healthy lifestyle and eating habits?  Let’s take a look at a few ways we can better stay on track.

Halve your meals. Share an entrée or order a kid’s portion.  Or box half your meal for later
the second it arrives.

Drink water. Aim to drink half of your weight (in pounds) in ounces of water.  Ex. if you weigh 150 pounds, drink 75 ounces of water daily.

Five a day rule. Make getting five daily servings of fruits and vegetables the top priority.  You’ll displace some of your other eating and get the vitamins, nutrients and fiber you need.

Plan ahead. Previewing restaurant menus and “calorie tracking” with apps like MyFitnessPal helps avoid making bad decisions in the moment.

  • If a hotel offers free break-fast, call ahead to make sure it is healthy fare.
  • Allow one daily splurge. Strolling through Paris? Indulge in a crepe. Visiting the Big Apple? Grab a New York slice. Be realistic so you don’t crash and burn.
  • Customize your order. “Hold the cheese,” “on the side” and “mustard instead of mayo” are your new best friends. Use them often.

Love having bananas for breakfast? Keep them from ripening too quickly in your hotel room with this handy, little trick. Break them apart carefully and wrap each stem individually with plastic wrap to hinder the release of ethylene gas. It can help them last as much as five days longer.



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