How to Stay Balanced on Holidays

Holidays are to be enjoyed. They’re a time to relax, celebrate, unwind and try new things. But a switch-up in your diet routine while away can leave you feeling guilty or restricted. Here’s how to have a balanced holiday where you can eat healthy and enjoy yourself.

1. Eat your greens first:
A bowl of pasta carbonara sounds delicious. But oftentimes, restaurant portions can be too heavy and packed with calories. Worried about ordering indulgent menu options? Order salad and split an indulgent main. Eating your salad first will help fill you up first, leaving some room for your main and dessert. By doing so, you will get your portions of veggies in and a healthy portion of your main without the extra calories.

2. Practice portion control:
You can still enjoy the ice-cream while you’re away – it’s all about controlling how much you eat. Portion control your snacks to ensure you are not splurging. The key is to sample all of the
foods you love in small amounts, rather than indulging in a large portion at each opportunity.

3. Keep hydrated:
It is important to ensure you are drinking enough water while you are away, especially if you are in hotter climates or walking more than usual. Instead of opting for sugary beverages all the time, aim to hydrate your body with water or fruit infusions 80% of the time.

4. Have it your way:
Ordering an eggs benedict for brunch? Ask for the sauce on the side. Burger comes with a side? Opt for a salad instead of fries. By customising your meals, you can order what you want without feeling restricted. Always ask for dressings and sauces on the side to ensure you are not consuming hidden calories that can be easily reduced.

5. Eat mindfully:
Just like your diet at home, practice intuitive eating. Eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full. There is no need to overload your digestive system with a full plate of food that you are struggling to finish. Chew slowly to avoid overeating.

6. Enjoy yourself:
A few days of eating more treats than usual won’t impact your progress. It’s all about balance. Eat all the good food and don’t be so hard on yourself. Savour every bite and enjoy it.