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5 Simple tips to stay on track while traveling

I used to have a love-hate relationship with vacations. Love the idea of getting away and letting go of my routine and my better choices because I was on vacation and would deal with the consequences after. I’d hate how I felt by the middle of the trip and at that point figured the damage was done so might as well continue.  I’ve come to realize that having some structure helped me feel better on vacation, both mentally and physically.  

A vacation doesn’t have to mean a vacation from your health goals. You can have fun while finding a balance that doesn’t derail your progress. Maintaining those daily wellness pillars will allow you to feel great and come back ready to jump back into your normal routine.  

1. Stay hydrated – Pack a reusable water bottle with you so you can refill it anywhere you go. Unless of course, it’s not safe to drink the water. It’s easy to lose track of how much water you’re actually drinking when sightseeing or enjoying poolside cocktails. Start the day by drinking 2 glasses of water and one with each meal.  Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. 

2. Give yourself healthy options – You can’t always be sure of what food choices you’ll get on your travels, so pack a bag with healthy snacks to take control when you get the munchies. Stop at a local store and stock up on fresh produce and healthy snacks you can take on the go. Enjoy yourself, focus on quality over quantity and plan your indulgences. 

3. Get quality sleep – Sleeping in a new place (or a plane) can be hard so bring earplugs, a sleep mask, and try a sleep supplement or lavender essential oil. Make sure to get a good night’s sleep every night, especially if you are fighting jet lag. Lack of sleep increases your risk of getting sick.

4. Stay active – While you’re most likely on vacation for some relaxation, it’s important to not give up entirely on physical activity. Staying active keeps you feeling good while traveling, and aids in the recovery process when you return home. If your hotel doesn’t have a gym, do an in-room workout. You don’t have to hit the gym or go for an hour-long run for it to count as exercise. Sightseeing by foot can be a fun way to get those steps in. You will actually feel better if you move as much as possible during the day.

5. Plan your indulgences –  No one really wants to do food math on vacation so it’s important to find a balance to your eating.  Scope out the menus beforehand so that you don’t make choices when you’re starving. Enjoy yourself and focus on quality over quantity. 

Having the perspective of “I’ll get back on track after vacation” is how we perpetuate a diet mindset.  Instead, focus on doing what you can to stick to your usual routine with the added fun, planned indulgences, and the unique experiences your vacation has to offer. 

Want some tips on boosting your immunity? Check out this previous post.

Until next time! 

Be Well! 

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