Nutrition Tips to Remove Some of the Vacation vs. Diet Stress
By CrossFit Black Bear | July 22, 2016
For many Mainers and their families, summer is a time of no school, long days, and sunny weather (finally!), which means vacation!
One of the greatest parts of vacation is the food. For some folks (including myself from time to time) vacation is an excuse to take a break from the stresses of the world, including the stress of making healthy food choices.
Coupling that mentality with the stresses of travel, and it becomes easy for individuals to rationalize making unhealthy food choices.
Today we will provide you with 5 ways to de-stress your vacation, so it is easier to make the smart food choices when on the road.
Do a few minutes of research before you pick your hotel, or activity. Ask yourself the questions you will be asking yourself while on vacation: Where am I going to eat? What am I going to eat? If you are going some place with great local food, find a hotel near the great food, so it’s easier to eat there instead of ordering room service. If you plan to be away for multiple days, find a hotel near a supermarket and stop by for fresh meat and veggies you can cook up on your own!
2. Go for the kitchenette
This does not need to be a big fancy hotel room with fancy pots and pans or a walk-in freezer. Many hotel chains have the option to select a room with a stove and fridge, the only two things you need to have to prepare fresh food everyday. Plus, cooking is an awesome bonding experience with your significant other, kids, or other family members.
3. No kitchenette? A microwave and mini-fridge will work!
Let’s face it, you’re on vacation, and you don’t want to cook your own food everyday. Fair enough. Instead of cooking every meal, try starting smaller and planning out your snacks and breakfasts. Store some eggs, cottage cheese, and yogurt for fast and healthy breakfasts. With some additional planning you can reheat some snacks like chicken and soup for healthy and quick meals to keep you satisfied and not craving any greasy fast food.
4. Scope out the menu ahead of time
Some food places provide public nutrition facts for their meals. If you feel like eating out, check the online menu to see what you can eat that won’t completely destroy your diet. If you are out with some friends, be one of the loudest voices when everyone is discussing where to eat. Make it clear you want to go somewhere that serves more food offerings than wings and beer. Have a plan going into the night for how many drinks you will have, or what you plan to eat. This will remove a lot of the unknowns from the night and help you de-stress knowing that you can have fun without going crazy. For example check out MenuStat.com:
5. Bring some protein and energy supplements
We don’t typically recommend having too many protein shakes or energy bars (get your nutrients from whole foods, people!), but when you are on vacation, you won’t always have the luxury of having healthy food options right around the corner when hunger strikes. For these times it is nice to have a few prepared go-to snack options to take the edge off your hunger. This can hopefully hold you over until you get somewhere to eat a wholesome nutritious meal.
Knowledge is power! So now you have a few tools for your vacation toolbox so you can better plan your next vacation and it doesn’t completely derail your fitness progress.
Just a little bit of planning can go a long way!
You still need to have the desire and willpower to make the smart food choices when out of town, but hopefully this list can take a little bit of the stress out of traveling.
Healthy travels everyone!