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How many times have we cheated on our diets?
How many times have we worked so hard preparing for our next vacation, restricting our caloric intake, and then splurging as soon as we get to our vacation spot?
Did you feel disappointed…frustrated…happy…or devastated?
Depending how you feel, there isn’t necessarily a RIGHT answer.
It truly depends on your goals and long-term plans. Maybe you are preparing for an athletic event, competition, or trying to win a bet with a friend that you could lose the weight you want in a timely fashion. Either way, we want to see you achieve your goals and we’re here to offer some tips.
TODAY, we’re going to go over some valuable information you can employ on your next vacation, so you can turn those sweet-tooth cravings into dollar-saving meals!
1. Plan ahead / Use an app
A big problem that many of us face when on vacation is shopping when we’re hungry or eating at whatever restaurant we see that is appealing to our taste buds.
Instead of shopping when you’re hungry, make sure you have a nutritious meal first to satisfy your hunger. This should hopefully reduce your temptations to binge shop on highly processed foods, fat-filled desserts, greasy chips, and candy.
Use a fitness app such as MyFitnessPal to track your calories and get a good idea of what you’re consuming. The app will keep you on your fitness and nutrition goals, so you’ll know if you can afford that cheat meal or not.
Try and buy meal prep containers to help you along the way. Pack them in your suitcase, and when you grocery shop at your vacation destination, you can make a few meals a day and store the food in these containers so they are ready-to-go when you’re hungry or need a quick snack before you head out to the beach or pool.
2. Drink plenty of water
Water is perhaps the most important macronutrient and we need a lot of it, especially if we’re going on vacation and battling humidity, hot temperatures, and activities.
Let’s face it. All of our body systems require water in order to function optimally and do the activities we enjoy doing.
That being said, bring a water bottle wherever you go or pack a reusable water bottle. You can either use the bottle for water or sports drinks if you’re planning on taking a jog along the beach or boardwalk.
3. Hide that key to the refrigerator in your hotel room
Do you know that “complimentary” basket of snacks on the desk of your hotel room or the mini refrigerator hiding in one of the cabinets?
They are NOT free, at least a majority of the time. Better to be safe than sorry. These are pretty much there to tempt you and an easy way for hotels to make a few extra bucks from you. Of course if you really don’t mind spending the extra money, it is up to you.
Instead, fill that refrigerator with healthy options such as fresh fruits, yogurt, vegetables, lean sources of meat, and water bottles.
4. Pretend like you’re eating at home
Although some hotels offer complimentary breakfasts, they are average when it comes to delivering the necessary nutrients you and your body need to start your day. Sure, they may offer some fruits, milk, and yogurt. However, they also include bacon, donuts, bagels, an array of sugary cereals, biscuits and gravy, muffins and pastries such as apple strudel. Don’t tempt yourself with these foods.
Instead, find a cheaper hotel that has a refrigerator in the room and make your own breakfast and lunch just like at home. Utilize the microwave and prepare your own dishes for cheaper.
Protein powder packets and protein bars are fantastic for vacation. They come pre-packaged, so all you have to do is mix them with water in your bottle and you have a filling snack until the next time you eat.
IF you buy an all-inclusive deal, meaning all your food and beverages are paid for, then definitely take advantage. If not, then try to limit the number of times you go out to eat on a daily basis. Of course we all want a break from cooking at home, but still want to be conservative with our vacation budget.
Save your money from breakfast and lunch and enjoy a nice dinner in front of a sunset.
5. Try doing a Picnic
Instead of going out to eat for lunch, grab a picnic basket and a blanket.
Simply go to the grocery store with your family and have your kids pick out some favorite foods, ones that you approve of too.
Now you can enjoy a beautiful view of the ocean, scenery, or comfortable weather. In between your sandwiches, salads, and meals you’ve prepared, you can enjoy bonding together, playing games, and getting some natural Vitamin D from the sun.