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Holiday Tips - Eating

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Holiday Tips - Eating

November 2019

Here are a few tips to help you keep on track with your healthy eating habits while on holiday.

  • Breakfast. Aka, the most important meal of the day. Don’t skip breakfast - this sets you up for the day and can prevent over-eating later on. A great tip for hotel breakfast buffets - where everything looks so incredibly amazing and you just want a taste of everything - is to split up each day beforehand. For example, one day you might have fruit salad for breakfast, the next day you may have scrambled eggs or an omelette, and the day after you try a traditional, local breakfast. This means that over the course of your holiday, you’ll have tried everything on offer at the buffet, but you won’t have overindulged on everything all in one go on the first morning!
  • Eat mindfully! Avoid distractions and pay attention to what you’re eating. It’s much easier to do this on holiday than at home as you’re more relaxed and have more time to eat mindfully. Research has shown that eating when distracted can cause overeating as you’re less likely to notice that you feel full. If there’s an option for seconds, take a 10 minute break before you go for them, as you might find you don’t want seconds after all, or you only want a small portion. 
  • Ice cream! The ultimate holiday snack. Opt for one scoop instead of two, and get a tub instead of a wafer cone. You could try swapping the ice cream for a juicy fruit salad instead that can be just as refreshing! 
  • It is especially important to drink lots of water, especially if you’re holidaying in a hot country. Often you may think you’re hungry but your body is actually thirsty, so make sure to keep hydrated to avoid overeating. If you like to enjoy drinks by the beach on holiday (and who doesn’t?), try and avoid having too many, and go for options such as a mojito over a margarita, a shandy over a beer, a diet coke over a regular coke.

Remember, you’re on holiday, so don’t put too much pressure on yourself to strictly adhere to your diet! If you want to try the local delicacy that so happens to be a big chocolatey dessert, go for it! Food is an important part of most cultures and you definitely should not miss out on trying local delicacies just because you’re worried about your diet.