Taking time off for travelling doesn’t mean taking time of your healthy lifestyle. Aside from fitness, travel is another passion of mine and I regularly go on overseas trips! I know for many people this can be daunting as you are thrown out of routine but I can assure you it is possible to still keep fit and healthy!
Here are my top food tips for while you are on holiday.
- Pack a few ‘got to’ items in your carry-on luggage to snack on during the flight. I take with me single serve packets of nuts, protein bars, pieces of fruit such as an apple or banana, and also some oats that I just need to add boiling water to!
- Don’t overindulge in every meal – it’s all about balance so don’t miss out on those French pastries, creme brulees or Italian calzone, but just watch your portion sizes and if you plan to have a dessert at night, eat healthy lighter options during the day such as salads or meat and vegetables. Apply the 80/20 rule. 80% healthy food/ 20% treat food.
- Don’t drink up all your calories – yes cocktails taste amazing but they are packed full of sugar! Have a cocktail but then opt for lower calorie drinks such as vodka, soda and fresh lime or wine.
- Choose healthy options – more than likely you will be eating out a majority of your meals so try choosing the healthiest options that you can. Pretty much all restaurants will be able to do grilled meats with a side of vegetables or salad. Ask for dressing or sauces on the side so you are able to control the quantity. By eating healthy foods when you can it will really make you look forward to treating yourself just that little bit more!
- Ask for grilled, steamed or seared protein options and grilled or steamed vegetables as the side.
- Go to a grocery store and buy some healthy snacks such as fresh fruit, nuts or muesli bars that you can pack in your bag while you are out and about to snack on.
- Hotel buffets – this can be a danger zone for many people when trying to keep your portions under control. For breakfast opt for something healthy such as eggs or oats rather than sugar loaded cereals or breads. I always try to keep my breakfast as similar as I could to what I have when I’m at home. Another rule of mine…don’t go to a buffet absolutely starving! Before you know it you will be 3 plates down and your body hasn’t registered that you are full yet!
- Don’t be afraid to ask for special requests such as sauces on the side. By now waiters are very used to taking orders from people who have food allergies or specific diary restrictions.
Here is a hotel room workout to make sure you have no excuses not to keep yourself active while travelling. I recommend doing a full body HIIT circuit 2-3 times per week! Remember, any workout is better than no workout!
- 30 push ups
- 30 squat jumps
- 30 mountain climbers
- 30 jumping jacks
- 30 crunches
- 30 lunge jumps
- 20 burpees
- 1min plank hold
- Rest 2 minutes after each round. Repeat x4.
Most importantly, a holiday is a time where you should relax and unwind, enjoy yourself and take advantage of the opportunity to explore new culture, culinary experiences and traditions. Don’t stress over not being able to count every single calorie accurately or on the other hand don’t use your trip as an excuse to binge eat and completely deter from your usual healthy lifestyle.
Find a healthy balance in life.