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How to Have a Healthier Vacation

By Sara Butler

It's that time of the year -- it's vacation season! Vacation is definitely something to look forward to as you forget about the things that bog you down in everyday life and just relax, among other things. But it is, unfortunately, a time when people throw their healthy habits out the window and they come back just a little unhealthier for it. If this sounds like a familiar cycle, then here are a few tips to help you keep your vacation a little bit healthier.

Enjoy Food - But in Moderation

You're probably going to eat some great restaurants in new places when you're on vacation. Hey, you have to eat! But all those buffets and brunches are going to catch up with you. That's why it's important to know your limits. Try ordering things that are a bit healthier on the menu and try to eat a balanced and healthy meal at least once per day. Indulge in desserts but not at every meal. The key is to have fun and enjoy your food but keep your health and wellness goals in your head too.

Don't Be Too Strict

If you think you can go on vacation and follow a super strict diet, then you're setting yourself up to have a tough time. It's OK to have an eating plan that you're doing in order to improve your health and reach your goals, but if you use common sense and don't overeat, you should be OK.

Pack a Few Snacks

When you're away from home, it's always a good idea to have some snacks on hand. That way you can control what you eat and control your hunger. Not allowing yourself to become ravenous will allow you to make smarter choices when mealtimes roll around.

Watch the Alcohol Intake

For some people, there's nothing better than kicking back and enjoying an adult beverage or two. Certainly, that's your personal choice but just remember to enjoy responsibly. Of course, we mean not to drink and drive, but also to not overindulge in the booze. They're full of empty calories that add up quickly.

Drink Water

If you want to try to retain some semblance of healthy living when you're on vacation, then remember to drink plenty of water. It's common for people not to drink enough water when they're on vacation and not participating in normal routines. Take your refillable water bottle along with you and remember to sip!

Taking a vacation is good for your mental health. Following these tips will make it good for your overall health too!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Greenwood Village, Colo.

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