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6 Ideas for Healthier Eating on Vacation

By Staci Amend
March 9, 2015

With spring break just around the corner, you may have a bit of extra motivation to make healthy food choices; even if you’re not headed for warmer latitudes, it’s nice to look and feel your best when you’re on holiday. But with the temptations of new foods and the removal of everyday “checks and balances,” vacation can also wreak havoc on your weight loss journey. Here are Jenny Craig’s tips for staying on track when you’re on the road.

Eat fresh and local
Whether you’re headed for a Mexican beach, an Italian villa or a Manhattan hotel, this is a great opportunity to tap into fresh, locally sourced fare. If your menu isn’t clear about what’s been harvested nearby, ask your server to recommend area produce, fish or foul—then choose simple preparations and steer clear of creamy sauces.

Mind your portions
Your vacation is also a great time to try out your visual portioning skills. Using your Jenny Craig entrees as a loose guide, limit your meat entrees to about 3 oz.—that’s about the size of a deck of cards. Choose colorful, non-starchy vegetables as your sides, and always snack on free foods like carrot sticks throughout the day.

Exercise cruise control
The very thing that could work against you on a cruise—unlimited volume and choice—can also work in your favor. At a buffet, YOU have the power to make smart choices! Choose fresh fruit or yogurt over pastries in the morning, light salads over sandwiches at lunch and simple grilled fish or chicken over rich pastas for dinner.

Sip a little smarter
You probably know that umbrella drinks like daiquiris and piña coladas are a virtual deluge of calories—but with their huge portions and high sugar content, fruit smoothies can be an even bigger hidden danger. Choose water or a lime spritzer instead of juice or blended drinks, and limit yourself to a single glass of red wine with dinner.

Have it your way
If you’re staying at an all-inclusive resort, you can be SURE that lots of extra calories are part of the package. So, even if it costs a little more, consider ordering each individual meal from your hotel’s a la carte menu. If you’re not sure they offer one, a quick skim of the website or call to the dining manager will put you at ease.

Walk it off
Even if you’re not intentionally taking an “active vacation,” you can still make daily exercise part of your getaway. Ask your hotel concierge for sightseeing and restaurant recommendations that are within a mile or two of your hotel, then set out on foot. Trust us: everything tastes better when you’ve worked for it!

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