YES, you deserve to go on vacation and have a great time. YES, you deserve to splurge while on vacation, but should you splurge on FOOD and have major set backs when it comes to your fitness goals?
Taking a vacation or simply going out to eat does not mean you should ruin any and all of the hard work you have been putting into working out and eating according to your meal plan.
Here are some great ways to make sure you stay on your meal plan while on your vacation:
-Do a little homework BEFORE you go out to eat, go online and check out the restaurants in the area. Most restaurants these days have their full menus online. You can choose healthier options this way.
-Upon arrival to your destination, you can also ask your hotel concierge about the local restaurants and often times the concierge will have a copy of their menu as well.
-Bring some healthy snacks with you (oatmeal, protein bars, fruit, nuts, etc.) Eating healthy and on your schedule will keep you full longer and keep those CRAVINGS at bay.
-Find a grocery store upon your arrival so you can purchase healthy foods that are on your meal plan to keep in your room.
-When you go to restaurants (ones that you have researched prior to your arrival…hint hint), make sure to ask the wait staff HOW the dish you desire is prepared.
Only eat it grilled/baked/broiled.
NO SAUCES. PERIOD.
Get your protein served with fresh veggies (NO butter or sauce)
or a salad (with an oil and vinegar dressing).
NO condiments (ketchup, BBQ sauce, Ranch dressing, mayo, etc.).
No white pasta, white rice, or white bread, ask for brown rice, black rice, or quinoa.
NO FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS. EVER. PERIOD.
Eat only broth based soups.
Try whole gain wraps instead of regular sandwiches.
Eat seafood, especially fatty fish like salmon (You will definitely need your omega 3 fatty acids).
Don’t eat large portions just because they are on your plate (3-4 oz. of meat per serving).
ALCOHOL……SKIP IT. Why??? Alcohol STOPS the fat burning process and 1 drink can have over 250 calories in it.
DO DRINK: water, lemon water, unsweetened hot tea, plain coffee, and unsweetened tea.
Make sure to eat fruits and or veggies with every meal according to your plan.
Remember, you DO deserve a vacation, however what you deserve MORE is your HEALTH so you can go on more vacations in the future.
These guidelines are to help you continue with your fitness goals you have been working so hard on. You have to change your way of thinking regarding FOOD in order to lose the weight you so desperately want to get rid of.
THESE SAME PRINCIPLES APPLY WHEN GOING OUT TO EAT AT ANY RESTAURANT EVEN WHEN YOU ARE NOT ON VACATION.
“Your body is a direct reflection of your lifestyle”
Tamara Barbee Savoie
ISSA Certified Personal Trainer, Nutrition Specialist, Essential Oil Specialist and Wellness Consultant
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