Whether you’re watching your wallet or your waistline, here are 5 healthy eating tips
to try while you’re away from home this summer.
For most of us, the best part about traveling and dining out is not having to cook. The worst
part is the damage it can do to our pants size and pocketbooks. Whether you’re away from
home for a day or a week, try a couple of these healthy eating tips:
- Stay in a room with a kitchen or kitchenette. Since most lodging providers have everything from microwave ovens to full‐sized refrigerators and stoves, you can
save calories by making one home‐cooked meal a day. You’ll have control over not only
ingredients and ways to prepare dishes (sautéed instead of deep‐fried, olive oil instead
of butter, whole fruit instead of juice), but also portion sizes, resulting in more
healthful meals than if you ordered room service or fast‐food.
- Order appetizers instead of entrées. Restaurant meals can knock you over when you
step on the scale. For a lighter touch, try selecting your main dish from the appetizer
menu for at least one meal each day. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how satisfied you
feel afterwards without feeling stuffed.
- Share your meal with a friend. How many times have you gone to a restaurant but only
wanted to eat half your entrée? The amount of food you eat at one time is a big factor
in managing your weight. Instead of forcing yourself to finish a whole dish, try sharing it with your travel partner. This little tactic can help you and your fellow road warrior
practice healthier eating habits and save calories.
- Combine meal times occasionally. We’re going somewhere with this idea, so stay with
us: Vacations are supposed to be about relaxing, having fun, and — if you’re a night
owl — sleeping in. Healthy living includes getting rest and reducing stress. So, instead of
waking up at the crack of dawn just to eat before the hotel or cruise ship breakfast
service ends, get your beauty rest and go to brunch later! In case your internal alarm
clock goes off early, pack some healthy snacks — granola, low‐fat Greek yogurt, fresh
fruit and veggies, nuts, and microwaveable oatmeal — to tide you over if you have to
wait until lunch.
- Bring your own healthy snacks on vacation. Speaking of handy foods: no matter where or how
you travel, get in the habit of taking your own snacks. Toting your own nibbles lets
you decide what, when, and how much you and your family eat when you’re
away from home.
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