Going on holiday is a great way to take a break from the stresses and routines of normal life. However for some people holidays mean over eating and drinking followed by a feeling of guilt and disappointment with themselves because they broke all the good eating habits they managed to adopt. Would you like to keep your eating and drinking under control whilst on holiday? Here are some eating habits nutritionists try to avoid on holiday so that they can still enjoy food without feeling out of control. You don’t have to avoid all of these, unless you want to! Just choose one or two that you know you can easily stick to.
EATING EVERYTHING FROM THE BREAKFAST BUFFET EVERYDAY.
Buffet style eating can lead to mindless eating and consuming a whole day’s food in one sitting. Try pre-planning your choices or have certain foods on different days. For example have a fruit salad and yoghurt morning. Make the next day an egg morning. The following days could be a traditional English, a local breakfast, a croissant morning. Then repeat. That way you get to sample everything in the buffet but not all in one day.
SNACKING BETWEEN MEALS
It’s easy to get into a habit of snacking whilst on holiday. You’re relaxed, you have a break from routine, everyone around you is eating. Often we snack when we are not really hungry and this can lead to unhealthy food choices like cakes, ice cream, crisps. These will spike your blood sugar levels and cause cravings for more. If you feel you want to sit at a café and snack order an ice cold sparkling water with a slice of lime or lemon instead – it can feel very satisfying and takes away the need to eat something.
ALCOHOL BETWEEN MEALS
Alcohol intake can creep up without you realising. A wine with your lunch, a couple of beers after a day on the beach, then pre dinner drinks, followed by wine with dinner. Stick to alcohol with your evening meal only. Order a big bottle of water as well and alternate your alcohol with glasses of water.
Cocktails are full of sugar and have you craving for more. Instead try mixing white wine with sparkling water. Alternatively vodka or gin with soda water and a slice of lime are low in sugar.
MORE THAN ONE PORTION OF CARBOHYDRATE ON YOUR PLATE
It is very common to be offered a carbohydrate heavy side dish such as chips with your sandwiches or bread with your pasta dish. Instead opt for a side of vegetables such as a salad.
Dessert is very tempting and can lead to further sugar cravings. Only have the dessert if it is something extra special that you really, really want. If you are not that fussed about what’s on offer skip it or finish your meal with some fruit.
The high sugar content will encourage cravings for more. Stick to sparkling water with a slice of lemon instead. This will fill you up and won’t cause cravings.
FILLING UP ON BREAD WHILST WAITING FOR YOUR MEAL TO ARRIVE
When you are hungry and can smell your food cooking, it is very difficult to resist tucking into that basket of delicious local bread. Ask the waiter not to bring bread to the table. If you are hungry drink water while you are waiting for your food to arrive or ask for nibbles such as olives instead of bread.
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