By: Rachel Coury
Do you find that your diet goes to the wayside when you take vacations with your friends? I just got back from my annual October girls weekend at the beach and am pleased to report that I was able to maintain some semblance of my healthy lifestyle this year. Sure I did eat more than usual and my fruit and veggie intake was under par, but it could have been way worse. Cue the July 2007 weekend when I split a 5-scoop ice cream sundae with my best friend, or the December 2008 get-to-together where 5 of us polished off two pizzas in less than 10 minutes. Somewhere along the way, maybe after the meatball massacre of December 2009, we made a conscious group decision that we needed to start eating healthier on our vacations together...and we’re actually doing it! Here are some healthy tips you can utilize next time you and your friends are planning a trip. Weekends away don’t have to mean diet sabotage anymore.
- Set the tone before you go. Planning a weekend away but still trying to eat healthy? Make it known. That way everyone can come in the right mindset.
- Getting physically activity in when you’re away doesn’t have to be a chore. Plan a walk or hike together. Bring a Frisbee and throw it around on the beach. Put on some music and dance.
- Stop at a local produce stand if you pass one. It’s an easy way to stock up on fresh in season fruits and vegetables for the weekend.
- Non-perishable items can be healthy! Whole wheat crackers/pretzels/bread, nuts, salsa, granola bars, apples, bananas, and canned fruits and vegetables are all healthy items that can withstand a long car ride.
- Make dinners in. It’s generally healthier and more affordable, plus it can be fun! Divide the tasks up so everyone is involved. Try making a stir-fry and experimenting with spices, or make your own personal pizzas with whole wheat crusts and lots of veggies.