Last week and this week has been deemed my family time for a mini vacation. We went to the beach for a day, then off to my in-laws in Toronto, with a final stop in Niagara Falls. One of my goals is to eat healthy as often as possible when out. That can be challenging some times. However I find that if you stick close to your ideal meals then it is not so hard to get back on track when you return home from vacation. So here are a few ideas to help you along the way.
5 Tips To Help You Stay Healthy on Vacation:
This is probably the MOST important tip. When you are doing a specific diet or want to stick to eating healthy you need to be prepared. This means bringing some food with you for when you are not able to find things that you want to eat. Dried goods are great for travelling. Things like homemade trail mix or granola are great. Nuts, seeds and flax crackers are also very easy to put in your bag. Of course the things that you will take with you greatly depend on whether you are taking a road trip, are flying and ultimately what type of diet you are on. For example we often bring jugs of green juice for long road trips and put other perishable items in the cooler. I love mini size packages of green powders, nut butters, goji berries or anything that you can easily fit into your suitcase. Just recently I brought a bag of protein power that was mixed with raw cacao and a greens powder. Also a mixed back of nuts and seeds kind of like a trail mix. Perfect for traveling.
Explore the possibilities around you. Will you have access to places where you can eat? Is there a grocery store in the area or a health food store? Often doing the research ahead of time can give you the upper hand and helps you plan. The challenges maybe a bit harder for those of you that are sticking to a strict vegan or raw food diet. Call ahead of time and see if the restaurants can make adaptations or do a special menu for you! If you are in the U.S. you will have a lot of luck finding raw food cafes, health food stores and more. Google, google, google. Ask taxi drivers, shuttles or whoever else you will meet in the city about healthy options. Never fails that I get some key info from the hotel desk or anywhere I ask.
3. Ask For Help
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you are staying at a Hotel or going to a restaurant don’t be afraid to ask for help. Tell them you food requirements and ask them for some suggestions. Maybe they can leave certain items off a dish and put other things on. Most servers and establishments are more than willing to help out. They can leave off sauces, adapt recipes and make many modifications for you. If there is a meat veggie bowl, often they can make a vegetarian version. Remember they want to provide the best customer service for their patrons.
4. Just Go Out
Just go out and have fun! In my opinion you don’t want to be kept away from good company and fun because of food, especially while you are on vacation. You want to be relaxing and having fun. If there is nothing on the menu that you like. Maybe have a drink and an appetizer. You can still go out and be social and eat something later that you packed and brought with you. If you are expecting that you won’t like anything on the menu, try eating some of your food that you packed prior to going out. That way you can still be social and you won’t be starving while others eat.
5. Don’t Stress Yourself
If you have been eating really well for a while, an adaptation to your diet isn’t the worst thing that can happen. You can have one meal and get back on track the next day. The worst thing is to sit there and stress over your food. Remember most people go out to socialize with friends and family. They want to hear what is going on in your life and share stories. If you are worried about food, then your company may pick up on this as well. My rule is that you never want to be isolated from going out because of you diet. Pick the healthiest item on the menu. Yes it may not be YOUR ideal choice, however it can still be good.
Hope these tips help you eat healthy on your next vacation. If you are going away soon, take action and spend some time planning.