Now that summer is here, more and more people are spending their vacation time at the beach. But, just because you are on vacation does not mean you should stop caring about your diet and health goals. Planning ahead of time and remembering a few key tips your diet and health won’t suffer just because you are on vacation. It is possible to be on vacation and still eat healthy and stay on track with your weight loss goals.
One great way to stay on track with your eating while at the beach is to pack your own snacks, instead of relying on food stands and vending machines. This not only help to save money, but it will help you control what food you are eating. Some great snacks to pack include fruits, chopped vegetables, nuts, whole grain crackers, and trail mix. All are quick, fast, and accessible snacks. If you want to buy food from food stands, then chose healthy options like a salad with low-fat dressing or pretzels and vegetable sticks with hummus. Avoid greasy, fatty foods like hamburgers, hot dogs, and french fries. If cooking on the beach remember not to leave perishable foods out in the sun for too long to avoid food poisoning.
Another helpful tip to remember while being outside all day is to drink plenty of water. The extreme heat plus swimming and other physical activities could lead to dehydration quickly. Symptoms of dehydration include thirst, headache, dry mouth, sleepiness, and feeling dizzy or light headed. Cold alcoholic beverages and sodas sound appealing on a hot day, they can add to the factors of dehydration. It looking for a beverage with more flavor, try a lightly sweetened tea or sparkling water.
Relaxing on the weekend and spending time at the beach doesn’t mean a healthy diet and lifestyle has to be sacrificed. By sticking to these few helpful tips you can continue eating healthy while on vacation. This way your vacation will not only be fun, but also healthy.