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Tips to Eat Healthy on Vacation

By Cole Millen - Skinny Gene Guest Blogger

There is a certain amount of trial and error that goes into the process of learning to eat healthy. Once you finally nail the art of nutritious eating, you don’t want to flush all your hard work down the toilet simply because you’re vacationing. Here’s how to stick to your healthy eating plan while you’re on vacation.

apple w textEat Before You Hit the Road

If you are traveling by air, eat a healthy meal before you get to the airport. This will minimize the likelihood of you raiding the vending machines and snack shops for cookies, chips and other fatty items. Also, stash a few healthy snacks like raisins, nuts and sunflower seeds in a plastic baggie and put them in your pocket just in case you get hungry while you are waiting for your flight. The airport can be a very difficult place to find healthy food. Make sure to look for grilled chickens and salads whenever possible.

If you are traveling by car, pack a cooler full of your favorite health foods. This will keep you from swinging by fast food joints and ordering greasy burgers and fries. Turkey on whole wheat, low fat yogurt, water, carrot sticks and boiled eggs are nutritious options you might consider packing. Also, avoiding fast food places at all costs is very important. Even the salads that you order from fast food joints are processed and not good for you.

Eating Right at Your Hotel

The most important aspect of your trip is your hotel, after all you are living there for the time being. Make sure that you plan ahead and find a place that offers the appropriate amenities and offerings that will allow you to maintain your healthy lifestyle while you are away. I have found that some due diligence can go a long way in this regard. On my most recent trip I found a great site that listed reviews for Las Vegas hotels regarding every aspect that you could possibly imagine. Not only was their detailed information on the hotel itself, but also on the restaurants in the surrounding area. This made it easier than ever to plan out the places to eat and stay healthy within as well as outside of the hotel. Stay at a hotel that has a grocery store nearby. After you settle in, stop by the store and pick up some healthy food to keep in your room. If you have a fridge in your room, you can buy low fat yogurt and lean meats. If you do not have a refrigerator, such foods as oatmeal, nuts and fresh fruits and vegetables are ideal.

Eat at Dine in Restaurants

Going out to eat and sampling native food is part of enjoying a vacation. Opt for dine in style restaurants instead of fast food joints. They tend to offer a better variety of healthy menu options. Choose dishes that are broiled, baked or steamed. Forget such fatty side items as onion rings, French fries, cheesy soups and loaded potatoes. Replace these foods with steamed veggies, salads or small, plain baked potatoes.

If portion sizes are large, share a meal with a friend of family member. If you have somewhere to store leftovers, ask for a carry out box and put half of your meal in the box to take with you.

A vacation gives you a chance to unwind and get away from the stresses of everyday life. The above tips will keep you from overindulging in too many unhealthy foods and sabotaging your health while you are on vacation.


Cole Millen


Cole is an avid traveler and foodie who never forgets that life’s best memories are made through real life apprehension of legitimate “experiences.”


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