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The Healthy Vacation Guide

Eat and Exercise the Right Way, Away From Home


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  • I became a vegetarian one year ago and started asking for vegetarian meals when I take a plane. I wish I did it before! wow! The food is so much better! Of course, it depends on the company, but I have had some really good ones. They are a lot more healthy than the regular ones! Usually, they serve veggies, rice and some sauce. And the best: they don't differ vegetarians from vegans, so they sually don't put anything with milk in the meals. Which means while the persno next to your has a chocolate for desert, you get fruits. Be prepared!
  • I'm finding more and more accommodations with small fridges, no mini-bar. However, if the hotel does offer a mini bar, I ask them to empty it so I can keep my food in it. I just tell them I have special dietary requirements, and they usually are ok with it. We also make it a point to pack healthy foods in a cooler (we have to empty the fridge before leaving anyway!) and stopping in smaller towns. It's relatively simple to find a park, have a picnic, stretch our legs. So much better than stopping in a noisy restaurant!
  • We do a lot of traveling and I know these are all great suggestions. A homemade peanut butter/banana sandwich tastes better than anything you can buy on the trip. And we never stop for a big meal. Hubby prefers to munch carrots, celery, red peppers and apples as they keep him more alert. A big meal makes one sluggish and tired.
    Thanks for a great article!
    Remember, there is a Spark Team called Vacation/Travel which I have found helpful.
  • MARTY32M
    Good advice except for refusing the minibar key. Of course I avoid the snacks. But studies show that moderate drinkers live longer, on the average, than teetotalers. Check the minibar menu; I have found liquor prices at the minibar that are comparable to prices at the hotel lounge (though both are far more expensive than buying a bottle at a nearby liquor store). Moderation is essential, but where and how you exercise your moderation is up for grabs.
  • I'm going to Disneyland in 60 days, 4 hours, 24 minutes and 13 seconds!!!! YAY!! Not worried about the plane trip...will only take an hour flight time...don't have to worry about getting any exercise...we'll be in DISNEYLAND! It will be three days of concentrated exercise! And at the Disneyland resort there are many healthy choices for meals, as well as fruit carts all over the place. We don't eat fast food at home, we don't eat it at the Park, either. (I hate "burgers") So, I guess that makes the Happiest Place on Earth also the Healthiest Place on Earth for me!!! ZIP A DEE DOO DAH!!!
    Great tips...all of them! Many I put to use this past week when I went with the Grandkids to Disneyland for 5 days. I was pleased to of lost 2 pounds while on vacation....
  • I am always a fan of packing my own food for trips. It was pretty sad the last time I drove by myself and I left my cooler of grapes and snap peas in the hotel room!

    The one thing I need to get better about is making special requests at hotel restaurants or for room service. I don't really want to be "that person," but when I do make a special request, I'm always happier with my meal.
  • All very good information but where in the world is it vacation season?? I'm crying because summer is just about over!! (Just causing trouble here, LOL)
  • Its always great to get advice for how to handle the stress of staying on track while on vacation. [This article came to me as a "Best of Spark People Daily" on Sept 18, well past most folks' vacation days (for people with kids anyway). ]
  • Part of why I'm working so hard now is a trip to St Lucia at the end of the month. I'm definitely keeping this article with me to remind NOT undo all my hard work. And I'm definitely packing my ankle weights ;-)
  • I had a couple of trips to visit a friend out west several years ago. We did loads and loads of walking and ate very healthy - little to no fast food. I lost weight on both trips!
  • EXCELLENT advice
  • In light of the current news, make sure you're aware of known infectious disease risks.
  • Great tips - I think the key point is exercise self control
    I needed this!!! Thanks SP. Going on vacation and I WAS stressing about gaining weight. Thanks so much for the tips!!!

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