5 Tips for a Healthy Spring Break
Are you planning to travel this spring break? Millions of Americans do each year and many find that it is the easiest time to take a holiday away from their
healthy eating and
exercise routine. But there is a way to relax and enjoy yummy foods without bringing home guilt for a souvenir.
Check out these 5 tips you can easily apply to your spring break trip to keep you from breaking the calorie bank.
The most tempting time to pull up to a fast food restaurant window is when you’re starving and have nothing to eat in the car. This is when a plastic bag full of carrots, cereal or dried fruits could easily stop the
snack attack. Think ahead before you hit the road and pack your vehicle with healthy snacks that you and your family love. Try
100-calorie snack packs,
trail mix or these easy
ham and cheese pinwheels.
Move as Much as Possible
If you’re on the road for more than five or six hours, your kids will get restless. Make a new habit of stopping at a rest area to
move your legs. If you’ve planned ahead, get out your picnic lunch and eat outside. There are different challenges if you’re on a plane. Try to get up from your seat at least a couple of times during the flight. And if you stay hydrated, it will force you to get up more often to use the restroom.
Hit the Pavement
Are you going to vacation in a tourist town? If so, you may be staying close to restaurants and shopping areas. Instead of hopping in your car to go places, put on your tennis shoes and
walk to your destination to get in some extra exercise. You may run into some adventures
on foot that you would have never experienced in the car. If you’re in the mountains, take advantage of nature, or if you’re at the beach, take an early morning jog on the shoreline.
You’re on vacation, and you’re going to eat at restaurants. Don’t deprive yourself, but think smart when
ordering meals. Stop thinking that you always have to order a large entrée every time you eat out. Try ordering an appetizer and a salad for a meal. Be portion-conscience and ask for a to-go box when your meal arrives so you can put half of it away for later. If all else fails, ask if you can order a child’s meal.
UAMS dietitian Courtney Cathey recommends choosing
lean cuts of meat such as sirloin, skinless chicken breast and fish. Opt for low-fat dairy such as skim milk; when ordering vegetables, hold the sauce.
Carry a Water Bottle
Many times when we think we need food, what we need is
water. Dehydration can lead to fatigue and overeating, and it’s easy to get
dehydrated when riding in a vehicle or plane. Make it a point to keep a bottle with you and fill up when you can.