Is it Possible to Maintain a Nutritious Diet While on Vacation?
By Charles Hopkins
Published 09/20/2007 | Nutrition
Sticking to a nutritious diet while vacationing can be one of the most
difficult things to do. After all, a vacation is for having fun and
that includes eating good food! However, if you learn how to make smart
choices, a nourishing diet is really not that difficult when you're
away from home. This is probably not the best time in which to start a
healthy diet, but if you are currently making healthy choices in your
foods already, modifying your diet slightly to accommodate traveling is
not as hard as it may seem.
If you are vacationing on an airplane, a wholesome diet may have to
include airplane food, which may be a challenge, depending on the
selection. When you book your flight, ask about your food options and
ask if a vegetarian dish is available. Vegetarian dishes are sometimes
more nutritional in this case, but it really depends on what they will
be serving. If you can, eat a larger meal before your flight so that
you don't have to eat the entire meal that is served to feel full.
When driving or taking a bus or metro, you may be tempted to stop
at fast food restaurants and eat the foods found there. Avoid this
whenever possible. If you're on vacation, you may want to splurge a
little bit, but having fast food more than once during a week can
really be bad for your health. If you must, choose the healthiest
options available, like chicken breasts and herbal tea.
Also remember that you can take your own meals when vacationing.
Carrying a loaf of whole wheat bread or pita wraps, some lean turkey,
and low fat cheese in a cooler is a great way to avoid high fat and
high cholesterol junk food meals. These are much better choices and
you'll save a lot of money as well. Call ahead to be sure there will be
a refrigerator in your hotel room.
Lastly, make smart choices when you eat out. If you choose salads
or pasta, get the dressing on the side and ask about low-carb options.
In fact, many places print these dieting options directly in the menu
for the health conscious people. To control your portions order lunch
menu sizes or split the meal in half and get a take-out bag, and you'll
be well on your way to nutritious eating, even away from home.
Yes, eating healthy foods when on vacation can be a challenge.
However, your health is worth it. When you eat wholesome foods, you
will also fight illnesses that you are likely to encounter when
vacationing and be more attentive so that you can enjoy your trip. So
eat well, relax and have a great time!