A Guide to Healthy Holiday Eating
- Created: 07 March 2016 07 March 2016
Whether you’re on a relaxing spa break or a multi activity holiday, remembering that what you do to the outside of your body is just as important as what you put into it, is essential to having a healthy holiday. By selecting the right foods and eating in the right way while you’re on holiday you can increase your energy levels, aid weight loss and generally feel better inside and out.
Make your meals as colourful as possible for maximum nutrients
Your diet needs to include all kinds of fruits, vegetables, proteins, like meat and eggs, carbohydrates, like breads and pastas and dairy, like milk and cheese. Balance is crucial, so make sure you’re getting the right amount of everything from a variety of sources. Finding the right healthy holiday diet for you is essential; whilst a detox holiday would require a cleansing diet, a fitness holiday would demand a diet to keep up your strength.
Have a good breakfast
Start the day off right with a healthy breakfast
In the mornings, your body’s blood sugar is very low, given that you have zero food consumption during sleep. Therefore, it’s crucial that you look at why healthy eating is good for you and choose to restore your energy reserves with a healthy breakfast. Eating slow energy releasing carbohydrates, such as brown breads or fibrous cereals, will keep you feeling fuller for longer and give you energy until lunch. Consuming more of your daily calories towards the start of the day also means they are more likely to be burnt off.
Eat little and often
Keep your metablism boosted with small snacks
To keep your metabolism running fast, and your energy levels constant, it is best to eat 6 smaller meals throughout the day, rather than three large ones at breakfast, lunch and dinner. In between your three main meals, have healthy snacks as these will mean your lunch and dinner are generally smaller. Nuts, seeds and bananas are all good sources of protein and energy, which will leave you feeling full and satisfied in between meals.
Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables
Fill up on delicious fruits and vegetables
It’s well known that fruit and vegetables are extremely important in your diet and that we should have at least 5 portions a day, so that we get all the vitamins and minerals we need. This is easy to incorporate into your diet by adding salad or scoop of spinach to each meal. When you’re craving something sweet, avoid the pitfalls of sugary treats and reach for fruit like a fresh pear or zesty pineapple to get a tasty sugar hit that won’t leave you feeling guilty or lethargic.
Stop when you feel satisfied, not full
Everything looks so temping when faced with a buffet of options, that we often pile too much on our plates, and end up eating more than we need. By choosing a smaller plate, you’ll limit the amount of food you can place on it, and thus how much ends up in your stomach. It’s also worth bearing in mind that your body takes around 20 minutes to send signals to your brain that you’re full, so don’t eat to capacity - get to feeling 70% full and stop. You’ll feel a whole lot better after you finish.