Reader question – Hi Girls, I’m going on holiday at the start of June and I’m worried about being good while away. I’ve worked hard on my food for the last month so I really don’t want to slip back into old habits. I’ve returned from holidays before 5lbs heavier and dread that happening in June. Do you have any tips/suggestions to help keep me on track?
This is a brilliant question and very relevant to many as we plan and look forward to our summer holidays.
I’m no stranger to the road and juggling nutrition whilst travelling.
At the tender age of 20, I took my first international job. The best bit about travelling, hands down, is the FOOD. I’ve always been like a kid in a candy store when it comes to food. There was ceviche in Panama, shrimp tacos in Mexico and French onion soup in France. Malbec and steak in Argentina, the best fish & chips in New Zealand and unpronounceable sushi in Japan. And I can’t think about the food in Thailand without my mouth watering.
Safe to say, my love affair with food is decades old and runs deep. When I travel or am on holidays it’s all about the food. I go from one meal to the next thinking about when and what I’m going to be tasting, savouring and devouring next.
I’ve had trips where I’ve been completely on point with my food and others where I came home to overly snug fitting jeans.
So how do we balance taste testing every local delicacy and not add 5lbs to our waistline in the process?
How To Eat Healthily And Still Enjoy Your Holiday
Here are my top tips on how to eat healthily and still enjoy your holiday:
1. Master The Breakfast Buffet
This is a biggie. There is nothing better than wandering down to an epic hotel breakfast…the croissants and pastries, pancakes, waffles, eggs, cheese and meats, sausages, fruit, juices. I mean, who could be blamed for having one of everything in reach? Buffets are
- Most hotels have great egg options – you can often order poached eggs, scrambled eggs or omelettes which are all brilliant breakfast options.
- Greek or natural
yogurtwith fruit salad is a deliciously sweet option. Sprinkle nuts and seeds on top to add that extra nutritional bump.
- If you’re having the full Irish or some version of it – think portion control. Eggs and bacon are great. And add tomatoes and mushrooms on the side for a satisfying, hearty breakfast.
- If you’re having a pancake morning, stick with maple syrup over Nutella, fresh fruit/nuts over marshmallows and Greek
- Try to limit the pastries to one or two mornings as these are very calorific.
- And take a piece or two of fruit from the buffet to munch on during the day.
2. Hydrate, Hydrate and Hydrate Some More
Especially if you’re somewhere warm – you need to constantly have a bottle of water to hand. We often mistake thirst for hunger, so before reaching for that extra snack…down a bottle of water.
3. Move Your Body
Yes, you’re on holidays but a quick 20-minute workout before breakfast will set you up as nicely on holiday as it does at home. If you have access to a pool – swim some lengths between sun-
4. Watch Your Alcohol Consumption
Holidays and cocktails go hand in hand. Unfortunately, cocktails are also a big contributor to holiday weight gain. They are loaded with sugary, calorific ingredients. Be smart about your drinks. As with food, the fewer ingredients the better. Stick to wine, beer and single shot spirits. Turn your beer into a shandy by mixing with diet 7-up or your wine into a spritzer. And again, drink lots of water to stay hydrated.
5. Snack Wisely
Many of us snack on the wrong things while lounging poolside or on the beach. Visit the local supermarket and pick up some healthy on-the-go snacks. Nuts, seeds, wholemeal high-fibre crackers, hummus, veggie sticks, peanut butter, olives and fresh fruit are all excellent snacks.
6. Eat A Rainbow
When it comes to all holiday meals – eat a rainbow. The more colour, variety and freshness you have on your plate, the more your body will thank you. Load up on fresh vegetables and fruit. Incorporate colour into every meal.
7. Avoid The All Or Nothing Mentality
Just because you’re on holiday, doesn’t mean you need to treat every meal like it’s your last one. You are on holiday and you should enjoy yourself. Have a little of what you like each day to prevent all-out piggery. If you want to have a dessert, have it – pick one that you really want and savour every mouthful guilt-free. Just don’t have three. Get the balance right.
8. Conscious And Mindful Eating
If you rush your food or eat while distracted, you are more likely to overeat because you don’t notice when you feel full. When you sit down to eat, put away all distractions – books, phones, Ipads. Be fully present with your food, chew slowly and mindfully. And actually, taste and enjoy what it is your eating. If you’re done with your plate, pop your napkin over it to prevent you from picking at the remains. Any time before you put something in your mouth – just ask yourself – am I really hungry?
And there you have it – my top tips on how to stay eat healthily and still enjoy your holiday. Above all, remember holidays are a time to reconnect with yourself and your loved ones, to relax and rejuvenate.
Enjoy yourself, savour the food wisely, experience the sites, the sounds, the smells and make memories.
Co-Founder, Pepper Hustle
P.S. Are you heading on holiday this summer? Where are you off to and are you worried about keeping your nutrition on track? Share your comments below.