Traveling can be full of adventures and new experiences, but if you’re not careful, it can also be full of the dreaded vacation weight gain. Between sipping pina coladas on the beach, skipping workouts, and splurging on extra indulgent meals, it’s easy to pack on the additional pounds. While some short-term weight gain is normal, if you travel as frequently as I do, you realize a lifestyle change is mandatory.
Whether you want to keep a trim waistline while on vacation, or you simply want to stop putting on weight when you’re on the road, here’s what I do to stay healthy while traveling.
Since dehydration often registers in your brain as hunger, many people overeat without realizing all they need to do is sip a glass of water. Whether you’re walking the Vegas Strip, sunbathing all day in South Beach, or hiking to a beautiful waterfall in Hawaii, it’s important to always stay hydrated. Even better, there are some water bottles now that will keep track of how much H20 you consume to ensure you’re never unknowingly dehydrated while on vacation, like this one here.
By staying hydrated, you’ll not only feel better, but you’ll consume fewer calories as well.
Pack Your Nutrients With You
If there’s ONE thing I wish I knew about earlier in my travels, it’s the importance of packing nutrients in my carry on bag. While ordering a green juice every morning sounds ideal, it’s not always practical or budget friendly. In order to stay healthy and keep my wallet happy, I always pack my organic liver detox tea and organic wheatgrass juice powder. Both powders are approved for carry on luggage, and since they can be added to water or juice, it makes it super easy to get my nutrients in each day. Not only do you save money, but you save time avoiding the juice bars in each city. If you want to go to the bathroom on vacation and feel healthy, these are a must-pack!
Love coffee? Definitely pack MCT oil powder and organic coconut milk powder to provide natural energy and a silky smooth consistency to your morning joe. I brought both with me on a recent trip to Las Vegas, and when mixed with my instant coffee, the mixture worked perfectly to keep me alert and on my A-game!
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Plan Activities Around Your Trip
Until recently, my perfect vacation was laying on the beach, working on my tan, and eating some amazing food. While that’s great in moderation, I quickly picked up on how much I was missing from my vacation by staying stagnant. By working physical activities into your itinerary, not only will you experience more, but you’ll have more energy as well.
On a recent trip to Las Vegas, we decided to hike the Red Rocks one morning. In Palm Springs, we took the Aerial Tramway for a walk around the top of the mountain. In Lake Tahoe, we brought our inflatable kayak to paddle around for the afternoon. Every city has endless opportunities to live a healthy lifestyle, and it’s the perfect way to get immersed in a culture and to truly get a feel for the area you’re traveling to.
Keep Track of Your Calories
You’re bringing your phone on vacation with you, so why not utilize it to your advantage? There are a variety of free apps available in iTunes and PlayStore for you to track your calories throughout the day and these apps can be huge helpers in ensuring you stay within your daily caloric levels.
Personally, I use Lose It Lose It, as it makes tracking calories super easy AND it keeps track of my daily steps and exercise as well, no fitness band needed!
Between realizing that a Long Island Iced Tea has 780 calories, or that my favorite Bouchon Bakery macaroons are upwards of 400 calories each, fitness apps are a lifesaver in helping you realize when you’re way past the point of overindulging, and understanding what you should eat to keep your diet on track.