Don’t let vacations ruin your health!

August 7, 2008

As many of us may be traveling this summer and may let our usual healthy behaviors fall to the WAIST side, here are some tips to help you to maintain your health, while enjoying your time away from home:


1.    Plan ahead. Don’t wait until you’ve reached the airport or an hour into your long car ride to think about what you’ll be eating while you are away. In preparation for your trip, hit the grocery story and pack healthy foods that may be easy to carry with you. Try: Kashi TLC Granola Bars, fruit, veggie sticks, nuts, whole wheat crackers with peanut butter, Fig Newtons, or Kashi TLC Cookies.


2.    Eat Consistently. Continue having regular meals approximately 4 hours apart.


3.    Bring’ em with you. They didn’t invent Ziplock bags for nothing. Carry healthy snacks with you at all times to avoid unhealthy temptations or overindulging later. 


4.    Remember to HYDRATE! Traveling, especially on airplanes, may make you dehydrated. Be sure to carry a bottle of water with you at all times (purchase it after you get through security!).  Plus, you never know if you’ll be stuck someplace without access to water.


5.    Keep Physically Active. Don’t ditch your exercise routine just because you’re not in your usual surroundings. If you’re on a relaxing vacation, try to get up early and go for a walk, swim, or jog before you hit the beach. Or, if you are planning on doing sight-seeing, consider exploring the area by foot.


6.    As always, make the best choices possible when eating out. Avoid fast-food restaurants or high fat menu items such as fried, sautéed, or foods prepared with high fat ingredients such as oil, butter, cream or cheese.



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