Summer Vacation Tricks & Hints

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Summer vacations are almost here.

I always get asked, how can you eat healthy and stay on plan while on vacation?

Most my vacations are in Branson, Mo at a amusement park called Silver Dollar City. They have wonderful home made foods!

I do not deny myself of the wonderful foods they have there! They also allow you to bring in your own food which I sometimes do for one meal. But, I've went and ate all my meals there before too. I mainly just walk and walk and walk! And I eat in portion control. I mainly eat the healthy selections (grilled turkey, corn on the cob, and veggies etc). But, I splurge at least once a day on some treat-a sugar free ice cream diet soda float! Or a chocolate dipped strawberry! But, I limit those splurges and count them into my daily food allowance as well.

The point is, I ALWAYS come home to at least a 2 lbs if not more weight loss.

My other tip is, most of the time on vacation we are (as people) eating out a lot, and most the food is more salty then at home. So don't weigh yourself till you have been home at least a couple of days. When I was pregnant the water weight did not leave for 2 weeks after I came home. And I was up more then I had ever been (14 lbs), however all in one day the 14 lbs, plus 2 more was gone after two weeks of being home. So it had to be water weight. That scared the drs, but then I explained I had been out of town and that was why I was up the 14, and it was water, and they concurred. But, when I am NOT pregnant, I'm usually only 2lbs up from water retention and it's usually gone with in two days of being home, plus the additional weight I actually lost during the vacation.

Here's a few of my favorite car snacks-

For the Car-
Bring your own snacks, there is rarely anything healthy at the gas stations, or rest areas.

Ideas for snacks?

100 calorie pack anything is pretty good. However, sometimes not enough for me.

My favorites-

Individual 50 calorie tubs of hummus (2 would be 100 calories! And very filling!). Use veggies instead of pita, or chips to dip in the hummus. My personal favorite is thinly sliced english/burpless cucumbers.

Small cans of v-8 vegetable juice. There's no bigger shot of energy to me then a small can of v-8.

Lots and lots of water!

Bring your own tea bags and coffee/tea mug with lid. Most gas stations/rest areas are very willing to give you hot water for free. I find a hot cup/mug of tea to be pretty satisfying when I'm craving sweets/carbs.

Fruit and yogurt. I love fresh fruit, like bananas and strawberries and fat free yogurt.

Fiber One Bars! Great source of fiber, and delicious.

Any Weight Watchers Bars. Again great fiber, and tasty.

Most slim fast snack bars are also really good.

Miss Meringue Sugar Free Cookies, you can have a ton of them for very few calories! 13 are only 35 calories! And they have fiber.

As for fast food. Mc Donald's has the best snacks. Fruit and Yogurt, their low fat frozen yogurt cone, and the apples and caramel sauce (skip the sauce if you can that's where all the calories are!).

Wendy's also has mandrine oranges that are pretty low calorie.

7-11 often has "diet" slurpees/icees!

For shows/movies-

Miss Meringue Cookies

100 calorie pack popcorn

Weight Watchers Fruities

Fun Dip! Believe it or not, all 3 packs (comes with 3 flavors) are only 100 calories!

Sugar Free Pop Rocks (15 calories!)

Baskin Robbins sugar free hard candy-chocolate mint, prailine, and cookies n' cream

Sugar Free Peeps! (these are great! 3 for 60 calories!)

For meals-

Visit all the restaurants websites you think you will be eating at, and read the nutritionals, print out the items that will fit into your food program from each restaurant and keep in your glove compartment.

A few of my personal favorites are Denny's light menu, Village Inn's Light Menu, TGIF, Apple Bee's Weight Watchers menu and Ruby Tuesdays.

If the place you go to does not have nutritional information, be sure to let them know via email you would like them to start showing their nutritional information.

If you must go some where (we all do!) that doesn't publicize their foods nutritional information, make sure to stick to grilled lean meats, such as shrimp, fish, & chicken. Lots of fresh salads with out dressing, or dressing on the side. And steamed with out oil vegetables. Beware of too much bread, make a mental note to keep track of how much bread, or other starches in each meal.

Personally I never order starches with any of my meals, as most restaurants give free bread, and I don't want a double whammy of the bread, and starch side dish, as it's too hard to say no to the bread most places! That way I know I have fresh/steamed veggies coming with the meal and I can indulge in one or two pieces of the bread put on the table.

Once a day I allow myself one treat. I keep that treat still calorie controlled, personally not above 200 calories. And I make sure to walk and exercise a lot the whole vacation. I always come home to a weight loss!

I'll add to this list as time goes on.
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    399 days ago
    Thanks for the tips may I share them on my spark team.

    2095 days ago
    Great ideas! One more from me... when in a restaurant, order salad dressing on the side, and rather than putting a small amount on your salad, dip your fork into your dressing before picking it up to eat. It tastes great, and I use a lot less this way.

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    2762 days ago
    great ideas! Good for you for putting so much thought into changing your lifestyle!
    2845 days ago
    I visited your SparkPage for the 1st time today. My plan is to treat myself to reading one of your blogs each day until I get current.


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  • PRESHA911
    It's great to see that you have a plan of attack for every situation. Thanks for the tips!
    2845 days ago
    ran across your blog through a sparkteam. I live in ?wichita and we go to branson just about every year. We love it there! I very seldom gain weight when we go there. Most of your tips are already in my weight loss tool belt, plus i take my laptop every time we go out of town & most hotels offer free hook-up...there's no reason why one can't keep track of nutrition while on vacation. I typically carry a small note pad in my wallet or purse & jot down everything as I eat it, that way I can record it when I get back to the hotel. We never know where we're gonna be eating, we always like to try new restaurants and such so getting nutrition info previously just isn't possible most of the time. One place we always go to though is Fuddruckers and I have commented to managers & emailed them but they do not offer nutritional values and won't be offering it in the future.

    Loved your blog and have subscribed to it.
    3094 days ago

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  • JOODE69
    Thank you so much for sharing your story. I am starting my WL journey once again. I have over 100 lbs to loose and sometimes it feels impossible. When I read stories about people that have lost 100 lbs it makes me realize that I need to get off my butt and do something. No excuses. You are an inspiration. Please don't ever downplay what you have lost. 50 lbs is not that much more to loose. Also, thanks for the great suggestions. J. emoticon
    3148 days ago
    You are always a source of strength and inspiration to me sis. You don't know how much I admire you!
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    3538 days ago
    Really great ideas!! Thanks for sharing them! I know we usually try to take fruit and various snacks with us when we travel too and tons of water. We are going on a Girls mini vacation in a little over a week. I was already planning on bringing my Fiber one bars! I absolutely love those things! And maybe a few Weight Watcher snacks to get that fiber in!

    It does help to plan ahead. But I also know on our little mini vacation there will probably be some splurges. Just try not to go overboard. We will be getting in a ton of walking. And my cousin mentioned hitting the gym every morning but we shall see what actually happens when we are there lol You know how sometimes the best laid plans don't always go the way you plan emoticon

    Again thanks for sharing all the ideas! Kind of reminding me! emoticon
    3567 days ago
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