Chocolate croissants, cheesy fondues, nutella crapes and wine… how does someone who is trying to be fit and healthy resist all these kinds of foods??? Ahh well the good news is you don’t, I certainly didn’t on my recent holiday!
As I regularly mention to clients, yes you want to focus on eating high quality nutritious food as much as possible, but its just as important to be eating the correct portions of foods as well.
It’s never about deprivation but it is about a little self discipline and a positive attitude. If you go into your holiday with the attitude that you are going to be a glutton then yeah you’ll pay for that later. But if instead you go into your holiday with the attitude that you are going to enjoy a little bit of everything but not overdo it, then guess what you can have your cake (or Nutella crapes in my case) and eat it too – just not the WHOLE cake!
So here are my top 8 holiday tips for you to try (which also apply just as well to everyday really):
- Think about the yummy healthy things you can eat not just the unhealthy things available.
- Eat smaller portions of things so you can try more, rather than larger portions of fewer things.
- Eat three meals a day – don’t snack all the time.
- Don’t eat till you feel stuffed – eat slowly and actually enjoy and value the meal, the beautiful surroundings and the company.
- Drink water all day long.
- Choose your indulgences, if you don’t really enjoy sweets that much then don’t eat it just cause it’s there. If you know your real love is the cheese platter enjoy a little of that instead.
- Where ever possible walk and take the stairs, it’s such an easy way to include some exercise and enjoy your surroundings. If your a little keener then a skipping rope is an easy piece of equipment to pack that will get your heart pumping in only a little time – 10mins is all you need.
- Share your dessert with your partner (if he lets you in my case) or friend.
So by simply putting a little bit of thought towards how much you consume on holidays you can enjoy lovely rich food and not compromise your fitness (or waistline). As cliché as it may sound it really is all about balance; balancing the little extras with a little more movement.
Adriana Solorzano – Director & Personal Training Manager