6 Tips To Stay Healthy on Vacation
Today’s guest post comes from Lisa Consiglio Ryan from Whole Health Designs. Lisa is a certified Health Counselor and has studied under well-known health leaders such as Andrew Weil and Sally Fallon. Lisa is passionate about nutrition, healthy living and educating others, which is why I was immediately drawn to her site. Lisa even offers customized health coaching, detox programs and much more! Her passion for health and her vast knowledge of nutrition shines through her website so be sure to check it out and see all that she has to offer! Take it away, Lisa….
Summer, summer, summer time.
Also known as vacation time.
I just got back from my trip to Park City, Utah and I was reminded of how hard it can be to eat healthy when traveling.
I’m often asked this question,
“What do I eat when I go on a trip? How can I avoid gaining weight and needing a vacation from my vacation?”
So I’ve decided to put together a simple guide to eating while you’re on a vacay.
It’s all about having fun, but here are a few tips to keep things on the healthy side:
1. Bring your own snacks.
- apples or celery with nut or seed butter (tahini, almond, sunflower are good choices)
- bite-sized packs of raw nuts
- veggies all-ready prepped (cucumbers, celery, peppers, carrots) with dips (try guacamole, salsa, hummus)
- trail mix (check ingredients; Trader Joe’s has a pretty good mix)
- Larabars (If you want to try another bar, check ingredients. I dig this brand).
2. Avoid fast food and instead eat the best quality while you dine out.
Use Happy Cow or Good Food Near You apps to research healthy places to eat before your trip. That way you don’t have to stress about where to go and then end up at some all-you-can-eat buffet. Totally not a fan of those places.
3. If you are flying, try to eat a healthy meal before you arrive at the airport.
You’ll be less likely to munch on high-calorie snacks just because they’re around or you’re bored waiting for your flight. Look for salads, fresh fruit, and vegetable based soups for some go-to items if you get stuck. On my recent trip, I saw bananas at a coffee place so I grabbed one for a quick snack.
4. If you splurge and eat a rich meal, try to balance it out with a healthy, lighter meal.
For example, you can eat a light breakfast and lunch to counter a heavy dinner. Try to eat more of a veggie meal after over doing it. As far as dessert goes, don’t make it a daily habit. And when you do, split it with someone else.
5. If you are able to pack a cooler for a road trip, great!
Buy lots of fresh fruit, chopped veggies, any nut butter, water and even your fresh-pressed juices (store in mason jars) and have them with you so you’re not tempted to visit the truck stop.
6. Eat every 2-3 hours.
Being famished at mealtime may hinder your ability to make healthy choices and trigger overeating. This will also keep you fueled for all the fun you are having.
Now it’s your turn. What is your healthy travel tip?
Meet Lisa from Whole Health Designs
Lisa Consiglio Ryan is the founder of Whole Health Designs, juicy clean living advocate and mama of two. She loves her Bikram yoga practice, running, and is a mission to spread the word, “Food is love.” She provides detox programs and private coaching for women who desire to embrace clean living.
As a Certified Health and Nutrition Coach, Lisa has worked with thousands in her Renewal 10 Day Detox programs. Her work has been featured in Fitness Magazine, TinyBuddha, Elephant Journal, Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Life, The Daily Meal, and Mind Body Green. You can also check out Lisa’s Kickin’ It Clean gluten-free meal plans for plant lovers and Juice Shop.