The holiday season is upon us! These next few days have celebrations after celebrations and it is also a time when most people choose to get married. With multiple weddings, get-togethers, picnics, outings or even vacations, how does one resist eating and not skip a workout? You don’t essentially need to be a monk. You can still enjoy and keep your holidays healthy! Here are some simple tips to help you keep your holidays healthy as well as have some fun at the same time!
On a Road Trip
- Pack some homemade stuff to eat on the way. Have sandwiches made with multi-grain breads or whole wheat breads, plain or vegetable idlis, homemade cookies, cupcakes for kids, veg upma, boiled sprouts salad, chickpeas and so on.
- Take a variety of seasonal or your favorite fruits. Carry nuts as well to curb hunger pangs that usually arise out of boredom.
- Avoid roadside high-calorie, unhealthy foods! They are unhealthy and sometimes even unhygienic depending on where you eat from. Eating these in moderation also won’t help!
- Keep yourself well hydrated. Keep drinking plain water. Carry juicy fruits such as watermelon, litchi or even better – coconut water or lemon juice.
- Avoid aerated, sugary drinks and caffeinated energy drinks as they are high in calories and provide zero nutritional value. They will dehydrate your body making you feel thirstier.
On a Long Vacation Away From Home
Again, with a few careful steps, you will be able to keep your holidays healthy and indulge as much as you want!
- Moderation is key! While in a new city, you definitely want to try the new and unique delicacies the place has to offer you. Eat them all! Just choose wisely and maintain portion control. You can achieve this by leaving the hotel with a filling and healthy breakfast.
- Eat fruits and healthy drinks which will keep you full when you travel/explore. Avoid over stuffing yourself.
- While sightseeing, prefer walking or cycling wherever you can. It is a fun way to burn calories and cover more ground.
While Attending Parties
- As a rule of thumb, don’t go too hungry or too full! Too hungry will make you overeat and too full will not allow you to savour the taste of all the delicacies that might be there!
- Just eat some healthy snacks before leaving. Something like a salad, sandwich or fruit.
- Don’t eat while meeting and talking to other guests. You will lose track of the food you’re eating. Finish your conversations and then eat carefully and mindfully!
- Opt for healthier alternatives like green salad over a Russian salad or grilled items over fried items or fruit desserts over rich, creamy desserts.
Remember not to skip exercising. You can do a light workout when you wake up or when you get the time. Keep a resistance band handy as there are many exercises you can perform using one. If you need expert guidance, join our live, interactive sessions on GOQii PRO within the GOQii App. You can even reach out to a GOQii Coach for tips by subscribing for Personalised Health Coaching here.
Play it safe and play it wisely! If you keep everything in moderation and stick to healthy alternatives and exercise, you can make your holidays healthy and fun!