To the already good advice given (I didn't read every word, so I might be repeating a little), I'd add don't just watch what you order, keep an eye on how much if it they bring you. Portion sizes are very skewed, so have steak and fish and chicken and the like, just be sure not to eat too much of it. One way to help is anything that can either be eaten cold later or reheated (if you have a microwave in your room), have half of it put in a to-go box for later! Then you don't even have to leave the room for breakfast if you don't want to.
Find a grocery store (someone else mentioned this as well) and buy fresh fruits. Look for some healthy option "just add hot water" cup thingies (you'll know exactly what's in them and the nutrition info from the side of the box, good luck getting that at a restaurant!) and the coffee maker in the room can give you the hot water to add!
As always, generally avoid creamy sauces, fried foods, and get dressing on the side.
But even after all this: remember you're on vacation. Enjoy yourself. Try new things. Let yourself indulge on the things you *really* want if you watch your control on the rest of it. If you absolutely *have* to have fries, have them with lean meat and lots of veggies. If you just *must* have that creamy Alfredo dish, only eat half of the bowl and have a large salad before.
Your extra activity will compensate for going over a bit, and after all, who wants to feel left out or denied on vacation. So watch what you order, watch your portions, but let yourself have a good time, make good choices the rest of the time so you can indulge in the few places you really want to.
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1,593 4/23/12 2:28 P
I would say do your best, but don't let a weight-loss mindset take away from enjoying your vacation. It could leave you feeling disappointed and deprived. Stay active and make good choices when possible, but some indulgence is alright. If you're feeling like you're overdoing it, maybe focus on family over food, as that's really what vacation is about. Go for a walk with a loved one to get away from the temptation!
4/23/12 2:16 P
Finding ways to stay active is fun and rewarding. Congrats on staying active on vacation. As far as food goes, trying to order food that is "steamed, broiled, grilled, poached" instead of food that is "fried, creamy, deep fried" etc. Sticking to lean meats (seafood, chicken) and ordering vegetables as side dishes, salads with dressing on the side are good options too. Avoid the bread plate. This is a lifestyle and I know it is harder to control the foods and track them while away from home. So, look at it as a learning experience.
When my husband and I go on vacation, we always arrange to stay in a housekeeping suite rather than a traditional room. That way we have a kitchenette and can prepare many of our own meals. We find a local grocery store and stock up on staples, and prepare many of our meals in the suite. We do go out to eat, but just not for every meal.
This helps us to stay on track without having to worry too much about what to order when we do eat out. We can indulge a little, but not have such a hard time getting back on track when we get home.
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2,243 4/23/12 12:54 P
I have found it's nearly impossible to stay on track while traveling. I try hard to find salads & fruits to eat at restaurants--although that's challenging.
And eating food family members have cooked means diet disaster! So I just try to eat smaller portions & accept that I'll have extra weight to lose when I return home. :)
This is going to sound bizarre and counter intuitive, but stick with me and I'll try to make sense here.
We go on vacation to an all-inclusive (food and alcohol) resort in Mexico every year. On each of my trips from 2003 to 2010 I always ate and drank whatever I wanted and came home after 6 days a good eight pounds heavier. I had to bring two sizes of clothing with me because the smaller ones never fit by the end of the trip.
In March of last year I embarked on a low-carb way of eating and stayed true to it until we left for our trip in October. By that point I had lost over 40 pounds and was able to wear a bikini in public for the first time in many years. I decided to go off the wagon during the vacation even though I could have easily continued to follow the low carb plan while at the resort. So every day I had sugary drinks, pasta, dessert, bread, you name it. Imagine my surprise when I got home and found I had gained exactly one pound. The larger clothes that I brought never got worn. I believe that before going on the low-carb path I was metabolically broken and prone to easy weight gain/bloating. It took seven months of eating right to get to the point where I could go on vacation, eat and drink whatever, and not come home looking six months pregnant. Mind blown! That's how I know this way of eating is the right one for me. I can indulge from time to time and not have all my work undone. That's my definition of a "sustainable" plan.
sorry for being long-winded, but this was quite a revelation for me and I wanted to share.
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4/23/12 12:13 P
I always try to start the day off right by eating a good breakfast. Some hotels have continental breakfast with waffles, muffins, etc. Avoid that! Grab a piece of whole wheat toast, a packet of peanut butter, a piece of fruit and a glass of milk if they don't have light yogurt. I also suggest taking snacks for when you're out and on the go.
4/23/12 11:44 A
I try to eat a really good breakfast, lots of fruit and a bowl of Cheerios, and I try to be mindful of snacking during the day. Depending on how active you're going to be during the day makes a difference too; will you be walking around a lot? I shoot during vacation to maintain my weight because I do want to enjoy the food said vacation spot has to offer. When you're eating out, eat out like you normally would, order something baked not fried, get sauces or dressings on the side, veggies instead of french fries, etc.
I went to Cleveland for 3 day last August, and actually lost a lb.. I ate fruit for breakfast at the hotel, and ate my dinners off Applebee's 550 or less calories menu for 2 days, and the last at Bob Evans where I had some flounder with some sort of crust on it. It was under 500. Drink water, and get exercise, and it will all be fine. I ate Subway for lunch .
4/23/12 9:27 A
I try to pack snacks to take with me and make the healthiest choices I can. But I also believe it is ok to eat off of a "diet" every once in awhile. I love smoothies in the morning so I will even pack my mini blender and ingredients so I know I always have breakfast covered.
4/23/12 9:26 A
For me, it's mostly keeping my sweets and alcohol in check on vacation. There's always the temptations of sugary drinks, and ice cream for dessert after every meal, etc. I find that if I put a little more of my focus and energy into keeping those two things realistic and moderate, and give myself a little bit more wiggle room on the 'real' food I'm usually okay. I still try to not have crazy portion sizes at dinner or whatever, but I probably eat more than I normally would. For me, my body seems to be able to handle extra real food calories and meals now and then with a lot more ease than extra indulgence of sweets and sugar.
Maybe try putting your nutrition focus a bit more heavily on an aspect you're likely to 'overdo' while on vacation? And not worry so much about every aspect, but just the potentially 'problem' ones. That might help curb things a little. Like if you're a constant snacker on salty things, make it a point to focus your attention on mindfully snacking a little bit.
How do you stay on track with diets and nutrition while on vacation? With keeping so busy doing things, I don't see an issue staying active. My concern is eating the right things when you are not in control of the cooking. Any suggestions or recommendations?
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