I have it on good authority that this week’s weather forecast in the UK is improving and we’re likely to see some drier, sunnier weather for the coming Bank Holiday weekend. I also have been told reliably that the weather down under is mild, dry and sunny and that some parts of the US are absolutely steaming!
Some children have gone back to school, others still enjoying their summer holidays and many are still looking forward to their vacation, staycation or just a small break before the seriousness of the new workaday regime begins in full swing and earnestness.
I, for one, still haven’t had my own vacation away, but have enjoyed a bit of ‘staycation’ time and am looking forward to the long weekend ahead for a great time to relax, reset and recharge. We all know that taking a well-deserved break is important for health and well-being and I do intend to do all that.
However, all of the above in the holiday season can quickly unravel your healthy habits if you’re not prepared. I know, as someone who can easily yo-yo when unprepared, the scales can quickly climb northwards if I don’t make preparations and contigency plans to stay on track.
Here are 8 holidays hacks recommended by our friends at Jane Plan to reduce the worry …
8 Holiday Hacks To Keep You On Track
Pack Your Snack
If you’re heading out for the day or catching a flight, it’s best to have a healthy snack to hand to avoid any temptations. Plan to take a protein bar or piece of fruit with you for on the go. Otherwise find your local supermarket at your destination and stock up immediately or as soon as possible after arrival to have when you’re feeling peckish or when early food offerings aren’t too good. I have an emergency travel pack for travelling which I keep in my boot/trunk for those unscheduled and off-kilter times too.
This is especially important to consider in the summer seasons. During the warm weather, your body will lose more water from perspiration, so it’s important to replenish this by staying hydrated. A good idea is to keep a reusable water bottle with you to make sure you always have some water to hand. Water flavourings (low sugar) could also be packed for variety.
Breakfast Is A Big Deal
I know not every one gets up feeling like a big breakfast but do start your day as you mean to carry on by having something. Making healthier choices at breakfast means you are also more likely to make healthier choices throughout the day. A good start will also leave you feel energised. Greek yogurt and fruit or an omelette are good choices and available in most places.
I do try and take some of my portion control products (like plate, bento and cutlery – see here) with me when applicable but it’s not always appropriate. Why not try sharing meals to reduce portion size if this is your dilemma? After all sharing is caring! If sharing isn’t your thing or not an option, why not pick a starter sized meal for your main or entrée course. If you’re navigating a buffet then try using a smaller side or salad plate and just use the inner section for a size guideline? Remember too that you don’t always have to finish everything on your plate. Stop eating when you get that FULL signal.
Be Clever With Cocktails
Whether you enjoy a Cosmopolitan, Margarita or Pina Colada or something else do remember they can fill you up with empty calories and be loaded with sugar. No one is saying don’t enjoy one (we’re not the food or drink police) but we do suggest you take your time and linger over just one or two. Little and often is often the best rule for enjoyment all round. Intersperse with a glass of water to eke things out too.
The easiest way to stay active on holiday is by walking. This can help to increase your cardiovascular fitness, maintain your weight and improve your mood. Plus, of course, it’s often the best way to explore your destination.
Eat Like A Local
I often find that trying what the locals are having is a great way to immerse yourself in their culture. But added to that is the general consensus that local food is often picked fresh and produced in the area for good nutrition. Supporting the local economy is always welcomed but you will also reap the dividends too.
A fairly obvious tip but it’s so important to spend time with friends, family or have a complete break and have a self-care day. We all need a break to reduce stress, unwind, and to discover new things and stay curious – so don’t forget to enjoy yourself.
If you do overindulge or go off track, don’t be too hard on yourself. One mistake isn’t going to ruin all your hard work. Just remember your goals and start again tomorrow.
Some information courtesy of Jane Plan