So, I have been babbling for months about all my upcoming travel plans. As I have been struggling to maintain my weight in the post-op stage (walking ONLY for 6 weeks or more, each time! AHHH!), it has become clear to me that hitting the road next week, and heading to Hawaii in October, I am going to need a SERIOUS plan of attack for my vacation fantasies to play out accordingly…without picking up any formerly lost weight! I haven’t thought about it enough lately, but I was so glad when fellow blogger, Cole Millen, reached out to me with an article that I thought would be awesome for SeeSondraSlim readers to check out. Whether you are post Weight Loss Surgery (WLS), or just trying to keep it low-cal, these tips can help anyone keep it healthy during a vacation!
“Smart Ways to Stay Fit on Vacation?”
You probably worked hard to get in good shape before your vacation. However, many people wind up breaking their diets and ruining all of their hard-earned progress when they’re away. This doesn’t have to happen to you. Sticking to a healthy lifestyle while on vacation doesn’t have to ruin your fun, either. Here are some smart tips to stay healthy while you’re away.
Airports can be smorgasbord of unhealthy temptations. To prevent yourself from giving in, fill up on a healthy meal before you arrive. If you wind up getting stuck at the airport while hungry, put in the effort to search out healthy snacks such as fruit, vegetables, or fiber bars. If you want to get in some exercise, try lifting your heavy luggage up the stairs instead of using an escalator.
At Your Hotel
The best way to stay healthy at your hotel is to seek out one that is friendly to the needs of the health-conscious visitor. There are many hotels with this type of customer in mind. Look up reviews online and find a place that serves healthy food. I personally use Gogobot to determine information regarding hotels. I used the site for my latest trip and was able to filter reviews for some of the top hotels in Las Vegas regarding a number of different aspects. You should also find a hotel that has a good gym. Vacation doesn’t mean that you have to break your healthy workout habits.
Even at a healthy hotel, it is still possible to cheat on your diet. You should refuse the key to the mini-bar so that you can avoid giving in to any late-night temptations. You might also want a way to prepare your own meals. A crock-pot is a safe, portable solution that you can use to prepare healthy, delicious meals on the go.
Finding a Healthy Restaurant
Resorts tend to be awash with all-you-can-eat buffets. It’s best that you avoid these as even if you intend to stay within reason, many people find it hard to stop once they’ve already begun to pig out. You also want to avoid of the popular chain restaurants, as you’re likely to get thousands of calories just from one plate. Seafood restaurants tend to be a safe bet. Be sure to check out a restaurant’s menu if it’s available online so that you know what you’re getting into before you arrive.
At the Restaurant
Just about every restaurant has a mix of healthy and unhealthy foods. It’s important to know which foods you should stick to. In general, shy away from any foods that are labeled as fried, battered or breaded. You want to look for foods that are grilled, roasted, steamed or broiled. You can also usually replace your carb-heavy side dishes with healthy steamed vegetables. Even if the menu doesn’t say it, it doesn’t hurt to ask.
After working hard all year, a vacation is a well-deserved way to let loose. However, letting loose doesn’t mean that you have to abandon all of the healthy habits that you’ve worked so hard to develop. With some careful planning and will power, you can have fun on vacation and stay healthy.
Cole Millen, is an avid traveler and foodie who never forgets that life’s best memories are made through real life apprehension of legitimate “experiences.” Follow his blog at Cole’s Mill.
I want to thank Cole, again, for his contribution, and I hope that all of you got as much out of the article as I did. That’s the great thing about being girl….I was just telling my friend Jenna about my taking a large tote bag as a “purse” on the airlines. I do this partially to smuggle snacks…and I am SO excited to get my newest BuluBox goodies (hopefully this week!), so I can have some extra protein samples and bars to take in my bag for trips!
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That’s all for now, but stay tuned for tomorrow’s post with a recipe for my Pesto and Sundried Tomato Green Beans! Using some fresh green beans from the farmers market, homemade pesto, and olive oil from my olive oil club….they are delicious alone, or as a simple, yet rustic side dish!
‘Til Next Time!