Vacationing is the great unifier. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t enjoy some time to themselves to do whatever they want, and even the act of vacationing can rejuvenate you and allow you the opportunity to get closer to the people you love.
With that said, vacations can also lead to unhealthy choices when it comes to eating, drinking, and exercising. While those extra carbs at the buffet might taste great and satisfy you at the time, your waistline might just pay for it later. With that in mind, here are four surefire ways for you to stay healthy on your next vacation.
- Get Prepping
You’ve seen the trends and read about the benefits –– meal prepping is increasingly popular because it works. By prepping your meals ahead of time, usually on a Sunday in advance of the work week, you guarantee healthy portions, ensure that the food you eat is healthy and planned ahead of time, and completely eliminate the time it would normally take you to cook throughout the week. That extra time can then be used toward doing the things you love.
The great thing about meal prepping is that there’s no reason that this practice can’t be applied while you’re on vacation, too. If you have plans to eat out for dinner while on vacation, consider prepping your lunches, as well as any snacks you’re going to have in between.
- Pack Snacks
Speaking of snacks… you’re going to want to snack while you’re on vacation. Chances are you’ll be doing a lot of walking and exploring, so the simple breakfast, lunch, and dinner formula probably won’t cut it. In this situation, you’d be best off packing plenty of healthy snacks for your trip.
If you’re looking for a healthy source of energy, throw some great tasting whey protein powder in your suitcase and mix up a protein shake in lieu of sugary or salty snacks. The protein shake will fill you up in between meals –– and will help you resist filling up on junk food.
- Pretend Like You’re at Home
While it’s totally normal and understandable for you to get more exercise and outdoors time while on vacation, you probably shouldn’t overdo it when it comes to eating. Dining out at restaurants constantly while on vacation won’t just impact your health, but it’ll also hurt your wallet as well. It’s much better to eat regularly and occasionally treat yourself to a fancy meal, maybe at a restaurant you’d never otherwise visit.
Again, going easy doesn’t mean you have to take away all the fun from your vacation. You could just as easily treat yourself to a small treat instead of indulging in a huge, overpriced meal.
As the old saying goes, everything in moderation.
- Refrain from Sugar
Most of us love a nice sugary treat, but those extra carbs can really do a number on your overall health, including your energy level. Aside from hurting your wallet and potentially making you feel bloated, sugary foods will really impact your mood and energy level. When you’re out around town or even just soaking up the sun, the last thing you want is to feel prematurely exhausted and end up sleeping your vacation away.
As we’ve talked about earlier, the occasional sugary treat is not going to hurt you. However, you shouldn’t make a habit out of indulging in ice cream, pie, and other desserts, including soda. Better to punctuate a good day with a single ice-cold bottle of root beer than binge on half a cake.
Do What Works for You
At the end of the day, you know your body better than anyone else. Some people are like a bottomless pit for sweets and have the metabolism to match, while others can really feel the effects of even a moderately sized snack. These tips are meant to be a basic guide that you can improve upon by knowing your own unique background.
Just because you’re going on vacation doesn’t mean you have to go up a size or check your blood pressure once you come back home. It’s totally possible for you to stay healthy on vacation while still having an absolute blast. By watching what you eat, prepping, and enjoying treats in moderation, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying a healthy vacation that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.
Kurt Darrell is a Colorado resident and an active medical and recreational cannabis contributor in various blogs and online publications. He works with several cannabis companies to help them understand consumer insights regarding marijuana products and consumption. He also engages in volunteer work whenever he’s free.