People tend to give themselves free passes to indulge in whatever they want when they go on vacation. Don’t be that person!
It’s possible to enjoy a holiday as well as the local food that comes with it, without having to worry about putting on extra weight. It’s important for you to understand what your destination has to offer for food, exercise or anything else that may be of importance to your wellness. Don’t let going on vacation distract you from your health commitments.
Gert Coetzee, Pharmacist and Diet pioneer who founded The Diet Everyone Talks About believes that it is not that difficult to stay healthy while on holiday. He shares his top 6 tips.
Fish and chips
One of the best options for a quick, tasty and healthy light lunch while on the beach is fish and chips. To stay healthy, just remove the batter. Ask for sweet potato chips or indulge in potato chips but only have half a portion.
Be burger wise
Burgers are always a great meal option but can be filled with carbs. Just swap the bun with something healthier, like mushroom, sweet potato, or tomato ‘buns’, or flatbread or lettuce.
Dry snacks are probably the best thing to take along on a road trip or visit the beach, such as nuts, biltong, vegetable sticks, sunflower seeds and whole grain biscuits.
Braaied meat paired with salads is always a winning option if you’re looking to control your carb intake.
Alcohol moderation is key
This means up to one drink a day for women and up to two drinks a day for men. Opt for wine spritzers, rock shandy and light beer options. Don’t forget to drink water.
Get out and exercise
Keep your body active while enjoying your vacation by walking instead of driving whenever possible. Use the opportunity to see the sites. Arrange a game of volleyball or soccer with the children on the beach. Take your yoga mat with when you go to the beach and have a quick yoga session, or park your car four blocks away from the beach instead of the public car park for those few extra steps.
Author: Mariska du Plessis
Mariska is the editor of Fitness Magazine, Bootcamp Instructor, Writer, Photographer and Wellness Blogger.
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