20 May Making Healthy Choice on Your Vacation
Summer is finally here, and although those much-needed vacations look a little differently this year, we want you to have all the tools you need to make healthy decisions.
Here’s a guide to keep you on the right track without taking the enjoyment out of your va(or stay)cation.
Tips on Dining
Let’s face it, a vacation isn’t a vacation without enjoying great food. Chances are you’re going to be spending a lot of time dining out. With that in mind, there are two things you should consider while dining out: what you’re eating and how much you’re eating.
WHAT TO EAT
Believe it or not, you can still eat delicious foods and be healthy about it at the same time. It may sound impossible, but it all comes down to preparation. How foods are prepared can determine greatly how many calories and how much fat an item will have. When looking at the menu, you want to consider foods that are steamed, grilled, roasted, poached, broiled, and charbroiled. Likewise, you want to stay away from foods that are fried, breaded, sautéed, and creamed, or ones that use thick, creamy sauces made of butter, cheese, or meats. A great alternative is also picking up local produce from a farmer’s market and cooking your own meals during the duration of your stay.
Portion control isn’t as scary as it may sound. You can still indulge (it is your vacation after all), but here are some tips to keep in mind so that you won’t pay for it in the end.
Depending on the restaurant, split the entrée. Many restaurants nowadays serve huge-sized portions, and most people will eat the entire thing for a meal. Instead, why not share it with somebody else? That way, you won’t feel inclined to eat it all yourself in one sitting. One other thing to consider is to fill up on veggies. Order the entrée that you want, but instead of fries, get the steamed broccoli or a salad.
Take in the Sights
No matter where you go, there are opportunities to enjoy yourself while also staying active. It just all depends on your environment. Stimulate your mind and body by exploring and taking in the sights. Just walking around is a good way to get in some exercise that you may be neglecting when you stray away from your routine. If you really want to feel the burn, take the stairs everywhere you go.
Another thing to keep in mind is that this is your vacation, so get adventurous and try something new. Go mountain climbing, bike riding, skiing, or snorkeling. There’s plenty of fun activities that you (and your family) can do. Not only will you feel great, but you’ll have an enjoyable and unforgettable experience to share when you get home. Just don’t forget the sunscreen!
Drink Plenty of Water
Remember to keep hydrated. Traveling around can easily dehydrate you, which can make your body mistake thirst as hunger. Not only can this result in overeating, but it can also make you feel tired or sluggish, putting a greater damper on your well-deserved vacation. Fill up on plenty of water, and keep away from high-calorie, sugary drinks like sodas and juice cocktails.
These are just some simple, healthy choices that you can make on your next vacation. If you have any questions about your health, you can schedule an appointment with me, Dr. Mai Sharaf, by calling 817-617-8650 or by scheduling online at internalmedicine.continuumtx.com