Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Keeping A Healthy Diet On Holiday

For a variety of reasons, people are trying to either get fit and eat a healthier diet, or maintain an established healthy lifestyle. However, all the best of intentions can be thwarted by the annual holiday, which is an equally important part of a healthy, well-balanced life; indeed, it is often on holiday, where access to fitness facilities is included in the holiday package, that individuals take the first steps to a healthier lifestyle.

Coping with holiday food

When you have booked your holiday, spend a little time learning about the cuisine of the area rather than choosing fried food and chips. Where possible make sure that you have the requisite five fruit and vegetables every day. When selecting from the menu, avoid the rich creamy options and choose a clear vegetable soup, salad and vegetable or tomato sauces on pasta dishes. Lean chicken, vegetables or seafood topping on pizzas are better than the salty, high-fat meats which are frequently used. Avoiding the optional extra cheese is also a good idea and you should steer clear of any food that incorporates cheese in large amounts.
Greek moussaka is high in calories and taramasalata has a high fat content, so these should be avoided along with all fried meat dishes; where possible select grilled steak or chops rather than avoiding them completely. Pies are also best avoided. Fresh fruit or fruit in low fat yoghurt are much healthier dessert options than pastries that are full of sugar and have a high fat content, however tempting they may be.

Alternatively, if you feel that trying different dishes and indulging yourself is part of the attraction of a holiday, allow yourself some indulgent meals during your time away and balance them with a simple breakfast and dinner. If you are going to do this these meals are best eaten at lunchtime so you are not going to bed after having had more rich food than you would normally have.

Exercise

Many modern hotels and resorts offer gym facilities and the services of an instructor for guests during their stay. Some people prefer to opt for fitness holidays abroad from electric bloom for their annual break, but this is not everyone's cup of tea. For those people who have never been to a gym, using the inclusive facilities can be a good way of testing the water or getting to know what type of exercises are appropriate for the level of fitness being aimed for as each individual has different requirements.
 Going to a new location on holiday provides a good opportunity to explore and take photographs to take back home with you and make your friends envious. Walking is the perfect antidote to indulging in those edible temptations. It is also perhaps one of the few times when you actually have the time to walk in wonderful surroundings without having to worry about work, appointments or meetings. Making an effort to go out for half an hour to an hour everyday while on holiday may make it easier to continue the habit when you are back at home.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle does not mean that a holiday should not be relaxing and enjoyable; after all, it is a time to rest and explore new adventures. Developing healthy eating habits and a sensible exercise regime can ultimately help with this in the long term.

13 comments:

  1. during holiday we forgot something about diet cus we see a plenty of food right in the table it's hard to get back on the track about dieting now it's about time for regime with proper diet.this is cool for you.

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  2. during this time of the year many people are so concerned about their weight because this is the time where most families are invited to parties which means a lot of good and food to eat

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  3. When it's holiday, it's always a nice excuse to pig out so for me, I care less about my dieting when it's holiday. It happens just once or twice a year anyway so indulge! LOL.

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  4. Yes, it is a fact that people tend to gain a lot of weight during holidays due to abundance of foods. That's why it is important to keep in mind our healthy diets during those days.

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  5. oh yeah, after all those fattening foods we take over this holiday season, going back to lose them would be my priority too, love those losing weight machine to help might be easier for me to shed this unwanted fats

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  6. My hubby gained several inches over the holidays and we are thinking of going to the gym so that he can loose them back...wish he can loose them but I think he better go to the gym on January instead "_"

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  7. hubby gained some inches over the holidays and he hopes to loose them back soon

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  8. Holiday feast is really a culprit in packing pounds. A good exercise regimen is really a great idea to counter this from happening :-)

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  9. its always a problem with our diet during holidays. These are good tips sissy, just seems hard to follow in my situation and personality, ahahhay! hulp! :)

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  10. I think that I would gain some when another long holiday is coming up. =) but i will try to do that one full meal a day and then light snacks in between with lots of water.

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  11. Parties here in the Philippines are all about meat.

    If it's a potluck, I make sure I bring a garden salad...and 9 times out of 10 it's the only vegetable thing there. It's irritating how Pinoys don't care about health much...then comes the lifestyle diseases that are expensive to treat. Hmph!

    Exercise is also a must.

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  12. It is going to be hard for people to keep track of their food intake during holidays because of so many food choices. If you are the one cooking, then maybe you can do some substitution on what food to prepare. I would say just go for moderation then go for a walk to make up for all the calories you intake. I always love to eat fruits or vegetables first with my meal in that way I don't eat too much of the other things. :)

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  13. for our holiday food, it has always been a little bit of this and that, everybody's favorites so to speak - aron walay mahay. :D

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