Don’t let a vacation ruin your diet. Here’s some vacation and restaurant tips to keep you on track while away from home.
We will be packing and planning for our family vacation soon! I literally just lost two of the ten pounds I gained this past school year. (Needless to say, my first year of teaching special education was a rough one. Why stress causes weight gain can be the topic of another post in and of itself. For now, though, I will get back to the topic.)
For many of us, part of the allure of vacation is to enjoy being away from our daily routines and sample local cuisines at the area’s restaurants. When we go on camping vacations, we inevitably eat heavier, barbecue style foods. This year, we will be driving over seven hours each way, which also means eating at least one, if not two meals on the road. Thankfully, some fast food restaurants are better than they used to be. But I really do not want to regain that two pounds over vacation.
How will I make double sure I succeed? First of all, I will make activity part of the family entertainment plan. We will be burning calories by biking, swimming, walking, and running. Secondly, I will pack my usual allergy-free low carb snacks for those moments when I am hungry and tempted to grab those chips! Third, I will follow the tips listed below when eating out.
Here are some tips I plan to follow while I am eating at restaurants on vacation this year. Keep in mind that many of us also live with celiac disease and/or other food allergies and sensitivities.
- Call ahead and ask which organic options are available.
- Look online for the menu and nutritional information. This is especially important if you have food restrictions.
- Always make the best choice you can. Order your meat or fish without heavy sauces and not fried. (They use unhealthy oils in many restaurants.)
- Order plain vegetables as your side. Some people hate plain vegetables so if that’s you, try adding some sea salt and a little butter; tastes great!
- If you eat carbs, order beans, quinoa, or sweet potato rather than white rice or white potato.
- Do you feel like something sweet after the meal? How about berries? Summer is berry season and they are loaded with antioxidants and have less natural sugars than bananas and grapes.
- Restaurant portions are usually out of control so eat half and take the rest home for another meal. This saves money too!
- Do not be timid. You have to ask for what you want and ask to have your food prepared the way you want. Most places are happy to make substitutions.