Healthy living: hunger control during the holidays
If you are about to embark on the vacation you have been dreaming of for a long time; you may have some fears about how you will maintain your healthy diet protocol. With all the delicious food out there, how will you keep hunger and cravings at bay?
Many people worry about this when they’re planning their vacations, and the good news is that with a few smart, actionable tips, you shouldn’t have a problem staying accountable.
This is what you should know…
1. Include lots of walking in your day. First, focus on walking throughout the day. Walking tours can last less than an hour, while longer ones can take in multiple exciting sites and last much longer. Most people do this naturally on vacation, since they are sightseeing anyway. The more you walk, the more calories you burn and the more food you can afford to eat.
Additionally, many people find that walking also helps fight hunger pangs, and they feel less hungry when they move more throughout the day.
2. Allow yourself to have one gift a day. It is also a success to allow yourself a treat every day. Allow yourself to enjoy something that you know you will enjoy. Of course, this may see you gain a pound or two over the vacation period, but that weight can be lost when you return home and get back to your normal routine. It’s a shame to stay hyper-focused on your food choices when you’re on vacation and can’t enjoy some of the different foods available. Trying new foods is one of the great joys of travel.
There’s a difference between allowing yourself to indulge in a treat and forcing yourself to engage in a complete binge, gaining 10 pounds in the process. As a general rule, a couple of pounds is easy to lose, but ten will take more effort.
3. Stay hydrated. Staying hydrated is also essential. Being well hydrated will help you stave off hunger and make it easier for you to combat food cravings. Drink water whenever possible since the calories in all the mixed drinks, sugary juices, or whatever else you’re drinking will add up.
4. Remind yourself of the big picture. Finally, remember the big picture. You’re not there just for the food, but for the views, the company, and to experience the “real” destination.
Keep these tips in mind and know that you can enjoy your vacation; even enjoy some of the treats you normally avoid at home without gaining much weight.