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Eating Healthy On Vacation

Posted Apr 19 2013 7:18pm
Maintaining your lifestyle and eating healthy on vacation is not impossible. There are many ways to enjoy your eating experiences without packing on pounds that you will regret once you get back home.
First and foremost prior to your departure, make sure to eat a filling and nutritious meal at your home. Whether you are driving or taking a plane, this will keep you from grabbing the nearest high sugar snack around you. Also, make sure that you pack along snacks with you for when you do get an appetite or just have the desire to snack to curb your boredom. Packing a cooler with fresh vegetables, fruits and nuts are among a list of great healthy choices for your trip.
Once you arrive at your destination it is pivotal to your healthy needs that you are staying in a hotel and area that supports your lifestyle. I have found that the best way to do is this to research the hotels and areas to ensure that they offer the amenities necessary and cater to your desires. One way that I have been very successful in my research is to read reviews from other travelers with similar interests. This is the best way to find honest and unbiased information regarding the hotel. I recently was able to find a hotel in Las Vegas that had a full gluten free menu with the help of the reviews of the area. Finding a health friendly hotel with a restaurant that prides itself on offering dishes that are delicious as well as nutritious can make your stay more nutritious than home. Either from your room, or prior to arriving at the hotel, study the restaurant's menu on your computer or smart phone and pick out the cuisine that you know is healthy.
When looking at the menu, be wary of these "no-no" words that indicate high calories: basted, breaded, fried, battered, smothered, loaded, covered, creamy, buttered, cheese, bottomless, country style, crunchy, stuffed or fat free. Remember that fat free foods may be lower in fat but are generally high in sugar and calories in order to make them taste better. Words that indicate healthy alternatives include: baked, steamed, boiled, roasted, grilled, broiled, marinated, fresh, high fiber, light, reduced, stir fried or vegetarian. Small but smart tips: (1) Eat an apple or other piece of fruit before a meal so you will not be starved. Taking packets of dried fruit or nuts or a mixture of both on your trip is a good way to have a healthy snack. (2) You can save hundreds of calories by not eating the skin on chicken or the fat sections of meat. (3) Rather than ordering potatoes, rice or pasta as a side dish, choose steamed vegetables instead. Do not cover them with butter or cream or cheese sauces. (4) The brighter color the vegetables, the more nutritious and low-calorie they are. Deep green leafy vegetables are the best choice. (5) A fruit cup or small salad is another good side selection. Just be careful with your choice of salad dressing as the creamy ones are loaded with calories.  Choose a vinaigrette one instead. (6) Hard-boiled eggs are a great source of protein, and removing the yoke can subtract fat and cholesterol. (7) Take a multi-vitamin every day so that you are supplied with any nutrients that you do not get in your meals. These quick and easy tips can have you coming home from your vacation in better shape than you left.
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