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Healthy Eating During Vacation

By Donna Stark

You've been stuck at home for weeks now, but there is finally something you can look forward to. Summer vacation. And even though it may not be the vacation you had imagined with all of the changes going on at the moment, it is still good to get out of the house, isn't it? So, whether your trip takes you to the mountains, the bayou, or the next town over, be sure to do two very specific things ... enjoy your time away and stay committed to your healthy diet and eating habits.

Healthy Habits 

Ever since you have been stuck at home, you have been killing it with your diet and your healthy eating habits. You've been watching your calories, you've been eating more greens, you've even ditched the soda consumption. So why would you put all of that hard work and the results you have achieved so far at risk? Sure, vacation time is for letting go, but you certainly don't want to let go of your goals. Stay on top of them with the following suggestions.

Make your own breakfast - Even though it is everybody's favorite, there are plenty of wrong choices that can be made at the breakfast table so you need to be careful. Pancakes, croissants, cinnamon buns, sausage, bacon, you name it. What looks to be healthy certainly isn't always the case. Protect your hard work and save your waistline by making your own breakfast or by choosing items such as oatmeal, eggs, yogurt, and fresh fruit.

Don't skip meals - It is easy to skip breakfast or lunch if you are out having fun, but in doing so, you could be setting yourself up for poor choices later in the day when you do finally eat. Skipping meals makes you feel hungrier and when you are hungrier you tend to overeat or make poor meal choices. It also encourages you to snack more throughout the day which can overload your body with unwanted calories.

Practice portion control - Practicing portion control isn't difficult to do at home because you are in control of what you cook and serve yourself, but when you are on vacation and order the Lumberjack special at the local diner or your family is grilling up 50 pounds of ribs, it can be hard to know when to stop eating. Here's a little secret. Eat until you are full, whether your plate is clean or not. Take home the leftovers or share your meal with someone else if there is too much food.

Healthy Vacation

No matter how many changes are happening around you, consuming a nutritious diet and sticking to your commitments doesn't have to be difficult while on vacation. So go ahead and enjoy your time away, just don't forget to pack your healthy habits!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lubbock, Tex.

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