Sun, sea, and poolside cocktails aplenty, summer holidays are a time to unwind with friends and family, soak up the sun, enjoy great food, and create wonderful memories. But they aren’t always compatible with a healthy lifestyle. It’s easy to leave that nutritionally savvy and active version of yourself at home when you get to another country.
To avoid paying for it later on, without compromising on your holiday fun, we unpack a few top tips for how to stay healthy on your holiday.
Brave the plane
Kick-start your trip by packing a healthy, filling meal or snack for the journey. Snacks like nuts and seeds or chopped vegetables with hummus will keep hunger pangs at bay. If you’re the type who tends to end up rushing to the airport at the last minute, it’s also possible to find healthy options before boarding. Opt for options like Greek yogurt and fruit, or meals containing lean protein with vegetables or salad.
Staying hydrated is also essential- the air at 30,000 feet can dehydrate both the skin and body. Buy the biggest bottle you can find to fight jet lag and grogginess on landing. Long Haul flights can be uncomfortable and after hours in the air, fluid can build up in the body. Be kind to yourself and book yourself a massage to drain toxins and relieve muscle tension when you arrive.
Don’t forget to stay hydrated once you’ve landed. Ensuring you are well hydrated is one of the most important things to do while on holiday —not only during your trip, but before and after it, too. Dehydration is the cause of many issues: constipation, sluggish metabolism, low energy, headaches, irritability, sugar cravings, trouble sleeping, muscle cramps, and fatigue. Why not buy yourself a few big bottles when you arrive at your destination and then keep your mini fridge well-stocked throughout your holiday?
Take your supplements with you
Research has shown that taking probiotics can reduce the risk of traveller’s diarrhoea by 15 percent. Probiotics also show promise in reducing constipation and bloating so be sure to take supplements before you go and pack some to take whilst you are there too. Your energy levels can directly impact how much you enjoy a trip. Fight fatigue and give your energy a boost by taking B vitamins. We also suggest taking vitamin C supplements with you to boost your immune system and keep any holiday sickness at bay.
Seek out locally grown seasonal food when you are away from home- it’s proven that they are better for you. Some types of food are seasonal because that’s exactly when the body needs them, and there’s no denying when your food hasn’t had to travel half way around the world, it’s much fresher and tastier.
Research local restaurants before you travel and ask for recommendations from the locals when you arrive. Local restaurants turn to local farmers, producers, and suppliers for their food so not only are you eating healthier, but you are also supporting the local economy. Travelling is an experience and you don’t want to miss out. If you are going to indulge, order your splurge at lunchtime, especially if you have activities planned in the afternoon. Opt for lighter options such as lean protein and vegetables in the evening so that you are not too full before bed.
Beware the buffet
You don’t want to ruin all the hard work you did in the run-up to your holiday, but we all know how easy it is to overindulge at the hotel buffet. You can still enjoy every meal of the day without feeling restricted, you just have to choose wisely and portion control properly.
At the breakfast buffet opt for low fat proteins that will keep you full like poached eggs and smoked salmon or Greek yoghurt with fruit. At lunch and dinner, in terms of portion control, the Rule of Palm is a straightforward method for making sure you don’t overeat. Remember that a balanced meal should consist of three key components: protein, complex carbohydrates and fruits and vegetables. When planning meals, aim to fill your plate using the following guideline for an easy-to-remember approach to eating and portion control:
1 palm-size portion of protein
1 palm-size portion of complex carbohydrates
2 palm-sized portions of fruit or vegetables
One of the best things about being on holiday is experiencing the most delicious meals your destination has to offer. Holidays are there to be enjoyed, so it’s ok if you overindulge a little! Why not plan ahead and book a Pure Package delivery to arrive on your doorstep when you get back from your holidays? Our nutritionists are always on hand to assess your wellness goals. They will ensure that you are receiving the best possible meal plan to suit your needs.
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