Coming soon is the season for traveling and summer vacations. While we often do lots of research to find a great travel destination, we often do not have a plan to stay healthy while we are away. These are simple ways to keep a healthy lifestyle while being away from home.
1. Drink a lot of of water
Staying hydrated is very important while traveling. Often, especially when flying long hauls, you may feel sluggish and fatigued due to dehydration. People also mistake feeling hungry when they are really just dehydrated. Keep a bottle of water handy while traveling. If you are going to an exotic location, find out in advance about the safety of drinking the tap water and then plan accordingly. If you are taking a road trip or a bike trip, always keep some water on hand.
2. Watch your diet
Be mindful of what and how much you eat. Unless you are going on a detox retreat, vacations are not a time to begin a diet. It is also not a time to go completely overboard. Enjoy the local cuisine but do not overdo it. Identify the local cuisine that you want to try and plan your eating around that. An occasional alcoholic drink is also okay, but best to enjoy a glass of wine with dinner as opposed to on an empty stomach. When it comes to food and drink, think moderation.
3. Eat plenty of fruits and veggies
One of the easiest ways to keep your eating plan in check and to avoid going overboard is to be conscious of including fruits and vegetables in your daily diet. Incorporate a fruit or vegetable at each meal. Try to include a fresh fruit serving in the morning with breakfast or as a mid morning snack, and include some kind of vegetable dish with lunch or dinner. It can be a fresh salad, a cooked vegetable, or a healthy soup option.
4. Eat meals regularly
Eating structured meals is one of the best ways to keep your diet in check. Try for a healthy breakfast including some protein to keep your blood sugar in check. Yogurt with fruit, eggs with whole wheat toast, or whole grain toast and peanut butter are some good choices. Try to skip the pastries, especially in the morning. Do not skip lunch. If you are on the run, be mindful to sit down and enjoy a healthy lunch even if it is a quickie. A salad with grilled fish or tofu, a turkey sandwich, or a veggie burger is a good choice. If you want to indulge in the local cuisine, that is ok on occasion, but think portion control. And skip the fried foods. Finally, don’t go totally overboard at dinner.
5. Get active
One of the best ways to explore a new location is to walk, walk, and walk. Be sure to pack comfortable walking shoes so that you can get plenty of exercise. Other types of exercise, such as swimming and biking, are also great, especially in summer months. We have a private pool at The Leaf Jimbaran so pack your swimming gear. Regardless of what exercise you choose to do, the most important point is to incorporate it into your day and do it.
Experience a healthy lifestyle here with us at The Leaf Jimbaranâ€¦.