Eating Healthy on Holiday

Holiday flight

Plan ahead.

Whether you’re flying or driving to your holiday destination, there is often panic before leaving the house doing your final checks is far more important at that moment than thinking about eating healthy. Pack a snack bag the day before that can easily be eaten on the way to the airport or popped in the car for when the first pangs of hunger occur. This will stop you having to find a meal packed with empty calories and saturated fats, leaving you feel hungry sooner and causing you to snack more on your trip. Plan stops and have your own packed meal instead of heading to the first fast food counter you see. If this is not possible, try to find out what outlets are available at your stop and get to know what foods they have.

Keep busy.

There is nothing like boredom to make you want to snack, and the first foods are crisps, sweets and small nibbles full of saturated fats and sugars. Keeping busy is an easy way to prevent you from letting your hands wander into your snack pack. Make sure you have a good book, brain teasers, a game that will prevent you from getting easily bored, or if you’re a passenger in a car, make sure your tablet is filled with interesting videos. Keep the driver busy by doing a crossword or brain teasers. This will help keep them alert as well as passing time.

Don’t skip meals.

It’s easy to get carried away with the sights and as all the walking does great things for your health filling up on caffeine and sugary snacks to keep you going until dinner won’t do much for your health. Check out sites such as trip adviser and see what restaurants are recommended in the area you will be visiting. Some hotels will pack a lunch for you or maybe visit a local super market to pick up some nuts or dried fruit to snack on.

Watch out for jetlag.

Once the tiredness kicks in, it’s tempting to have the largest coffee you can find and have every type of pastry on the buffet, but drinking plenty of water and having a fresh juice with your breakfast can also give you a boost. Try Revive Active sachets in the morning to give you an action packed multi vitamin boost. It also contains Ubiqionol – a form of Co-Q10 that is essential for cell energy. Higher Nature make handy “Brighter Day” effervescent tablets that you can keep in your bag which is also great for a healthy pick me up

Buffets

With so much to choose from! Start by using a smaller plate. Fill up with salads, grilled or cooked vegetables, protein and fibre. This will keep you fuller for longer as well as keeping you, well… regular. Try to avoid fried foods. If you just have to have that dessert, do it, share it or just have a taste, it often looks better than it actually is.

Make your own meals.

If you’re staying somewhere with kitchen access, do it yourself. You’re more likely to eat something nutritious at home—and you’ll know exactly what’s in it. It doesn’t feel like a holiday when you’re cooking all the time but there are many fast, nutritious meals you can do. As well as being good for your budget, it’ll be good for your waistline.

Beware of drinks.

We all love a good cocktail on the beach but keep it to one. As well as being full of fruit juices most cocktails have some form of sugar or glucose syrup added. Alcohol is never good for the waist line but if you’re going to have a drink stick to the spirits or maybe have a spritzer.

Save space for treats.

You’re on holiday! And regardless of where you are, each place has its own unique cakes, pastries or sweets. Try them. Get some to take home, it’s all about quality, not quantity. Ask the locals where then best places are so you don’t try every teashop in Cornwall looking for the best Cornish cream tea.

It’s a HOLIDAY!

If you worry about food the whole holiday you won’t enjoy it.  Do your best and don’t sweat the small stuff. If you overdo it one day go for brisk walk on the beach the next day. Be active, sleep well and have fun!

Holiday supplement list:

Viridian Travel Biotic –  provides a unique type of good bacteria, Saccharomyces boulardii, that has a long and very well established scientific use as a dietary supplement in a convenient, professional-strength, one-a-day capsule. It is heat-resistant so no need to refrigerate. The perfect digestive companion for work and holiday travel.

Revive Active – Revive Active is a revolutionary nutritional supplement containing a powerful combination of Amino Acids, Vitamins,Minerals and natural sweetener Stevia. Click here for more info about this fantastic supplement

Higher Nature Brighter Day – A tasty, natural blackcurrant flavour drink to help when you’re feeling low. With vitamins to help with energy and normal psychological function. Turmeric is known to have anti inflammatory properties and may help with the inflammation in brain tissue caused by long haul flights.

A.Vogel Echinacea Forte – Because no one wants to get ill on holiday. A one a day immune support supplement to help keep colds and flu at bay. Find out more about Echinacea.