Board exams are just over and many of us think of vacations to unwind. Going on vacation is an exciting time! It is a time to relax and enjoy your time off. However, the change in your routine can affect your eating habits so it’s important to plan ahead.

Some handy tips will help you to enjoy your vacation to the fullest at the same time stay healthy on it as well:

 

  1. Carry healthy snacking options with you. Like roasted peanuts, chana, seed trail-mix, baked soya chips, almonds, and walnuts, energy bars made with simple ingredients such as peanuts, nuts and dates.
  2. Start your meal with healthy soups but make a healthy choice between clear soups and creamy soups.
  3. Many restaurants have a live counter at the buffet, where food can be cooked to your liking. Ask for sauteed veggies, a stir-fry with lots of vegetables served with a tomato or garlic sauce/olive oil dressing.
  4. Avoid picking up salads with creamy dressings instead go for simple, green salad, fresh sliced raw veggies like cucumber, tomato, onions and carrots.
  5. Always enjoy the local cuisine and fresh foods available rather than choosing your preferred foods.
  6. While eating at a buffet, choose wisely and pick only 3-4 best items that will make way to your plate.
  7. Always follow the GPRS rule which stands for the healthy cooking methods – Grilled, Poached, Roasted, Steamed.
  8. You can have fresh fruits for dessert, instead of sweets.
  9. Give a visit to local markets. They are the ideal place to get a real experience of local culture. You will also find fresh, flavorful, whole foods, traditional food items, filled with nutrients.
  10. Most of the hotel rooms have a mini fridge. If your room has one, pick up some fresh fruit and raw veggies at the local grocery store.
  11. Control your portions while eating out.
  12. After a long day outside and lots of outside eating, de-stress your body with a cup of warm lemon water, or a cup of green tea easily available in hotel rooms.
  13. Look for some activities around you. Like swimming, tennis, badminton etc…
  14. Always carry a bottle of water in your bag. Site seeing can be more time outside in the sun which can dehydrate you. For extra flavour, add fresh berries, mint leaves or slices of orange, lemon, lime or cucumber.

 

Vacation is a great time to enjoy and relax with our family. But stay on track with healthy eating, following your prescribed medicines, increasing the frequency of blood glucose monitoring. Hope these tips help you stay healthy, fit and enjoy your holidays.

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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