If you’re like me, you know eating healthy on vacation is nearly impossible. I go balls to the walls when it comes to new places and new food. Gator? I’ll take it. Conch? I’ll also take some of that. Sweets? The more the merrier. Or maybe you’re a drinker (also like me). Yes, bartender, I would like a cocktail in my hand the entire time I’m here. Seriously, don’t let me be empty handed until I leave to go home. Did you forget you’re supposed to be wearing a bathing suit right now? PSHHH. FUNNY JOKE.
It is important to remember that just because you’re on an all expenses paid vacation doesn’t mean that your eating habits aren’t going to follow you home. Therefore it is important to watch your food intake because you don’t want to let your poor vacation eating habits follow you home because that’s when it turns into a real problem. Don’t fret my lovelies, I’m here to help.
Eat a Hearty Breakfast // Protein, protein, protein. If you’re going to be out and about all day, be sure to eat a breakfast jam packed with protein because it will keep you fuller longer and not to mention give you extra energy for all of those outdoor activities you will be participating in (*cough cough* where’s my cocktail?). Think eggs, eggs, eggs.
Snacks // Before you hop on that plane and go somewhere gorgeous and foreign, do a little snack shopping. Simple groceries are marked up on islands and sometimes hard to find in foreign lands so if you can pack some granola bars, protein bars, instant oatmeals, and cereal’s, it will save you money and allow you to munch on something throughout the day when you need a little pick-me-up
Meal Splurge // It’s important not to splurge on everything you eat the entire time you are vacationing, but to allow yourself a little leeway, pick one meal that you’ll allow yourself to really splurge each day. I personally would choose dinner, what’s better than 5 different appetizers before your steak, french fries, and veggies arrive?
Water is Your Friend // The more water you drink, the fuller you’ll feel. A little tip of mine, when you think you’re hungry but you’ve already eaten, drink some water. It’s good to drink a lot of water anyways (to stay hydrated so you can continue to drink, remember?), but it will also help you fill the voids after already eating.
Kitchenette // If you can get a room with either a kitchen or a kitchenette, or if you have access to a kitchen where you are staying, take full advantage of it. This not only allows you to save money on every meal, but it allows you be more strict with what you are eating. Hit up the local grocery store and get items that you would use if you were at home.
Now, if you can get through your vacation by following these tips and not gaining any weight, cheers to you! I’ll pour both of us a drink in celebration.