1. Save space for treats. Visiting France? It’d be a sin not to try out some crêpes. On days you’ll be indulging in cheat-day action, try to keep other meals and snacks on the healthy side.
2. Beware of buffets. With so many delicious choices, how to choose? Start by using a smaller plate; it’ll encourage smaller portions. Fill up on as many fruits and veggies as possible. Just have to try that cheesy pasta? Spread the love and share it with a friend.
3. Stay regular. No, not that kind of regular. Keeping a fairly consistent diet helps maintain weight better than being erratic. If you don’t normally supersize meals or scarf down bags of chips, vacation isn’t the time to start.
4. Visit food markets. They’re a great place to soak up culture and eat delicious — and cheap — fresh food. It’s better for the environment, you’ll pick what you’re eating, and burn off calories while walking. Talk about a win-win-win.
5. Pack snacks. Take your own snacks when you’re out and about for the day to stave off hunger. It’ll keep money in your pocket and help you away from unhealthier options (we’re looking at you, golden arches). Trail mix, granola bars or even PB&J sandwiches are all healthy, portable options.
6. Make your own meals. If you’re staying somewhere with kitchen access, whip up your own delicious meals. You’re more likely to eat something nutritious and tasty at home — and you’ll know exactly what’s in it.
8. Take a cooking class. It’ll help relieve stress and you’ll be able to recreate the flavors of your vacation long after it’s over.
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