Great news! Spring has sprung, and with it comes the ever-coveted Spring Break for many students (and adults, if they are lucky!). Finally, after months of suffering through the blisteringly cold winter weather, the chance to take a vacation and soak up the sun has arrived. Sometimes, it can be all too easy to overindulge during this time off. Here are some easy tips to eat right and remain active while enjoying your Spring Break.
Packing for the Trip
Most diet busters occur before the trip even begins, as most people don’t think to pack healthy snacks to eat while on vacation. Packing your own snacks is a great way to avoid filling up on fast food while traveling. Just remember to pick foods that will last a while and are easy to eat. Granola bars, cheese sticks, apples, and oatmeal are perfect snacks for traveling. They are easy to store and contain tons of nutrients that will give the energy you to need to enjoy your trip.
Don’t forget to pack your walking shoes and workout gear, too. With less time spent working, vacations provide the perfect opportunity to fit in quick exercise sessions. If you’re crunched for time, just pack a couple resistance bands or a few workout DVD’s. Most hotels have DVD players that’ll allow you to get fit in the comfort of your room.
During the Trip
Instead of that bus tour, why not try a walking or bicycle tour of the city? This is a great way to explore and see sights up close. Another idea is to plan a little adventure into your trip, such as a hike, swim, rafting, or other excursion. If neither of these options will work for you, you can always hit the hotel gym and work out there.
Vacations are synonymous with eating out, and often eating too much. Restaurant portion sizes are frequently more than twice the recommended serving size, so consider sharing a meal with a friend. Let your hunger and fullness cues be your ultimate guide in how much you need.
After the Trip
Vacations are a time to relax and let loose. If, however, you overindulged a little too much during your time off, don’t fret. Just continue your healthy eating habits once you return. Incorporate more fruits and veggies into your meals to replenish your body with the nutrients you may have omitted during vacation. Drink plenty of water and start a workout routine. Most importantly, know that it’s okay to treat yourself every once in a while. Hard work deserves a reward, and with these tips you can relax and enjoy a healthy and fun-filled spring break.
Written with assistance from nutrition intern Natasha Fowler.