Many people, including myself, are concerned about gaining weight while traveling. I spent most of my winter break in the US and the first couple of days we kept eating out almost every day! Since it was not my first time visiting Virginia, I had already chosen the favorite fast food chain restaurants that I wanted to enjoy such as Chipotle and Five Guys and surprisingly I felt satisfied after only eating at these restaurants once.
Here are some tips that I thought I would share with you to help you on your next trip:
- Never skip breakfast
I was not staying at a hotel so my breakfasts were either scrambled eggs with cucumber, Greek yogurt and fruits, or Greek yogurt on multi-cereal bread with different toppings such as fruits and veggies.
- Commit to at least one healthy meal a day
When on vacation, we tend to eat out almost every day and personally, I got exhausted. I do enjoy eating out however, repetitively eating out especially more than once a day was annoying. Most of the food was too salty or included heavy sauces so I always ordered the sauce on the side or simply asked for lemon oil dressing for the salads and asked for less salt.
- As much as possible, make your own meals
The days that we were going to have dinner with some friends, we would try to eat lunch at home. We would make quick and easy meals such as grilled salmon or chicken breasts in the oven with a huge salad bowl: healthy, simple, fulfilling, and delicious (such meals could also be ordered at restaurants).
- Carry snacks with you
Snacks on the go are one of the best things to have with you on long tour/shopping days. You are unaware of when lunch or dinner is going to take place therefore having a good breakfast before you go as well as healthy snacks such as raw nuts, protein bars, and/or fruits will give you the energy you need to keep enjoying your day.
- Drink lots of water
When it’s cold, I sometimes tend to forget to drink water. Stay hydrated by keeping a bottle of water with you at all times.
Even if you are not working out as much as before because you are on vacation you can stay active by walking as much as possible, taking the stairs, not using much public transportation… Many beautiful places are discovered when you just walk around a city that you are not familiar with.
I hope you will find these tips useful! I believe that it’s all about the balance; indulge in the foods you love from time to time but also stay active and healthy.