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5 TIPS ON HOW TO STAY HEALTHY WHILE TRAVELLING

We can all (myself included) often fall off the band wagon when it comes to going on holiday. Personally I love to use the excuse of “I’m on my holidays, so I can sin until my hearts content”, it helps me justify those 45 magnums and 243 cocktails!

NOT AFRAID TO ADMIT THAT ON HOLIDAY I ENJOY A BEER, A PIZZA AND NUMEROUS ICE CREAMS….SEVERAL TIMES A DAY!

I tend to be hopeless at controlling my calorie intake on holiday and know I’m not the only one, so i hope the following tips help you enjoy that extra slice of pizza without too much of the guilt!

EATING RIGHT

Notice the way I didn’t say eating healthy, who does that while on holiday?! It’s all about the balance but if you do a minimal amount of exercise then it’s important to keep an eye on your plate. This can all be done without missing out on any of the good stuff.

Avoiding the buffets is a great start, I find myself filling my plates (yes plural!) with stuff I would never order off the menu, purely because its right in front of me. Portioning your food is also a good idea, if you are hungry stack your plate with more veg and maybe by the end you won’t need 3 servings of dessert and you won’t hate yourself for it!

For all those occasions I do have a bad meal (there are many) I make sure I have 2 healthy ones. That’s not to say I’m eating kale and lettuce leaves, as long as the food is made from proper whole ingredients, your good to go.

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SNACKING

Snacking used to be a huge part of my holiday as buying a family pack of cookies was just too tempting. Now though I always make sure I bring some low sugar protein bars which are incredible (I use these upon others) as well as some almonds or peanuts. Nuts are high in fibre which means they fill you up quicker for longer. This should hopefully keep the magnum ice creams at bay for a few hours!

 

The benefit of nuts is they are nonperishable so no matter how long they have been camping out in the bottom of your bag you can still put them to good use.

Nuts and dried fruit balls. 5 tips on how to stay healthy while travelling

STAY HYDRATED

This is important no matter where you are but in hotter climates (and even colder) it is even more essential to keep yourself topped up. Not to mention having an extra few glasses a day could be the difference of how bad your hangover might be.

SLEEP

It’s important you give your body the rest it needs after all that’s probably one of the reasons why you’ve gone on holiday. Getting around 8hrs of sleep per night is perfect but I know plenty who require more and some who require less, I find my sweet spot is 8-9hours. Just be sure not to get sucked in by the free Wi-Fi in bed!

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GET ACTIVE

This is key but fear not, it’s not all about going to the gym and busting yourself until you throw up!! Most people enjoy the break from working out (and so will your body) but every little helps.

You can do anything at all, from walking/cycling around the city, gym classes, yoga or any active excursions. Believe it or not this all counts as effective exercise and will do a great deal in keeping the holiday weight at bay.

I try and get myself into a routine to go to the gym at the same time every day but depending on the holiday this won’t always happen. In which case I try and stay on my feet as often as possible. You will be shocked how much a walk down the beach would do for your mind and body!

I also take this opportunity to explore new activities such as Muay Thai in Thailand or Tango dancing in Argentina. Both of which burn a crazy amount of calories.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Thankfully it’s not all about self-control but with a bit of planning and preparation your holiday diet can still be healthy without missing out on all the good stuff!

SAFE TRAVELS, DS x

Question Time

  • How do you remain healthy when on holiday?
  • Do you struggle to maintain any sort of routine?
  • Or do you just let loose and go for broke?

Let me know in the comments below . . .

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