As the summer holiday season finally appears, many of us can be found working super hard towards our summer body, whether it’s dieting, and letting go of bad habits or sweating it out at the gym. Often, most of this hard work is undone the second we step off the plane. Of course, a holiday means taking a break, so no-one should really be expected to stick to a strict diet whilst they’d rather be kicking back in the pool with a few cocktails. However, with a little planning, it’s super easy to keep your health in check and stay happy whilst exploring new countries.Let’s take a look at some of the easiest ways to eat well whilst on the move, no matter where you are on the map.
Firstly, and most importantly, whether you’re sat by the pool on a scorching Spanish island, or simply relaxing with family, the distractions of being away from your day to day routine can often lead to dehydration without you even realising it. Your bodies thirst signals often get confused with hunger, leading to over-eating. Always make sure to keep a water bottle with you, and stay on top of drinking from it at a regular pace. If you do happen to be somewhere where the weather is much warmer, make sure you consume more water than you feel you need, as hot weather will dehydrate you considerably quicker than normal, and can cause adverse health defects.
The handy thing about travelling, is no matter where you are, you can guarantee a whole host of fresh fruit and vegetables. No matter your personal preference, you’ll be safe in the knowledge that most shops will be stocked with fresh produce. If you’re eating out and you’re trying to keep your caloric intake down, ask for your food not to be cooked or drizzled in oil. If you prefer your fruit rather than vegetables, most tourist heavy locations will have a market with fresh food, making it easy to buy on the go.
For many weight lifters and fitness fans, keeping your protein up on the go can be a challenge. Health supplements are popular on even the most mainstream of high streets these days, but if you’re worried you won’t be able to find any, simply bring your own. Plenty of companies sell supplements such as whey protein that can last months and be easily carried around for convenience. All you need is water and something to mix it with. Of course, if you’re flying, check what you’re able to bring onto the plane before you board. For those of you looking for a dairy-free option, many companies do soy, brown rice, or pea protein options, to suit any dietary requirement.
The biggest part of most people’s summer holiday, is the drinks, especially if you’re travelling somewhere hot. Most drinks designed for the warm weather such as cider, shots, and cocktails are loaded with sugar, which can cause havoc for your body. If you’re looking to relax with a cold drink, look for a spirit with a mixer such as soda water, or diet cola, to reduce excess sugar, or if you’re feeling extra classy, go for a whiskey on the rocks. You could also look for citrus drinks like those found at Orangina to quench your thirst.
Of course, all of this is relative to what your personal goals are, your trip and of course, the time of year. But if you’re looking to implement a little discipline on a business trip, stay lean for a beach party or simply impress the in-laws on a weekend away, keep an eye on these tips, and enjoy yourself.