There’s an old adage: You should never attempt to either save money or lose weight while on vacation. While vacations might offer plenty of opportunities to dine on junk food, there are certainly ways to maintain a healthy diet while you’re away from home. If you plan ahead, you’ll even find that there are services available to help you do it.
Locate Healthier Restaurants
Some places are healthier than others to visit, so if you’re focusing on eating healthy, choose your destination carefully. For example, if you’re visiting the Emerald Coast, you’re already one step ahead. There are several restaurants in the area that offer menus chock-full of healthy alternatives. Cafe Organic in Fort Walton is a good place to get healthy vegetarian food. In nearby Gulf Shores, The Village Lawn is a more budget-friendly option with plenty of fresh, healthy options on the menu.
Time Your Treats
It’s great that you’re making the effort to stick to your diet, but you should still allow yourself the occasional treat. It’s important that you don’t feel as if you’re depriving yourself—this could lead to greater slip-ups down the road. Moreover, the promise of indulgence here and there might actually help you adhere to the plan the rest of the time.
Drink Lots of Water
There are many reasons why you should stick to this golden rule, both at home and on the road—but it’s especially important during a trip when you fall out of your usual routine. Drinking plenty of water will aid the digestive process and keep you feeling full longer. If you start out a meal with a full glass, you’ll be less inclined to overeat. If you decide to indulge in an alcoholic beverage with dinner, balance it out with water so you don’t wake up overly thirsty.
Finally, remember that if you plan out your meals in advance and have your groceries delivered, you won’t have to worry about caving into temptation when dining out. Stock your fridge with tons of fresh veggies, and keep plenty of fruit on hand for snacking. When you cook for yourself, you have control over every ingredient, which takes the guesswork out of calorie counting—one of the hazards of dining out while on a diet.
Remember to keep in mind that just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean you can’t find healthy restaurants! Do your research on local eateries and find options that line up with your desires and your diet! Time out your treats and indulgences. Drink lots of water. And don’t forget about local grocers. Remember that you’ve put in a lot of work to lose weight. The last thing you want is for all of that work to go to waste—or more appropriately, to your waist. Best of luck!