Vacation-Proof Your Diet

June 21, 2013
Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Award-winning nutritionist and New York Times bestselling author.

vacation-proof your dietSummer fun doesn’t have to equal diet disaster.

Summer is finally here! And, after the lingering cold temperatures many of us have endured this year – we’re ready! Bring on the sunshine, relaxation and exciting adventures ahead.

Whether you’re headed to the beach, taking a cruise, hitting the local lake or visiting family and friends, it’s the time of year when we all want to look our best. Many of you have worked hard on your diet all spring to trim down and shape up for summer and the last thing you want to do is blow it!

The good news is, you can still enjoy your vacation, indulge in delicious food and drinks and hold on to your hard-earned slimmer figure.

Here are my top four tried-and-true tips to vacation-proof your diet:

1. Make Moderation Your Mantra. After all, you are on vacation and you definitely deserve to enjoy yourself. Sample the local cuisine, but just be smart about it. Limit the less-healthy dishes to just a few bites and fill up on healthier variations of your favorite dishes. If you’re at the beach, order your seafood grilled, not fried. On a cruise, fill up on healthier buffet options first before heading back for a bite or two of more “indulgent” temptations. At the lake, order your burger sans bun and substitute the fries for salad or fruit. And when it comes to dessert, my favorite is fresh pineapple. Not only is it just as sweet as most sugar-laden treats, it’s chockfull of bromelain, an excellent enzyme to help breakdown a heavy meal.

2. Stay Active. Make the decision to be as active as possible everyday. One of the best times to enjoy a new place is early in the morning, before the crowds hit! Go for a walk on the beach, take a scenic hike or stroll through town. At a resort or on a cruise, take advantage of the free fitness center and active activities and excursions. Rent bikes or walk to see the sights and always, always take the stairs!

3. Snack Smart. If you’re famished, you’re more likely to overdo it at your next meal, so make sure you have healthy snacks on the ready. Nuts are an excellent, easy-to-pack snack, and once you’re settled, find a local market and stock up on fresh food to keep in your room.

4. Don’t Blow It at the Bar. We all know that alcoholic drinks can really clock up the calories—just one can have 500 calories or more because it’s loaded with sugar and/or high fructose corn syrup.  But don’t despair, try this strategy instead: order sparkling water with your favorite liquor (vodka works especially well) and ask for a few slices of your favorite citrus fruits.  Squeeze in some fresh lime, orange and grapefruit and I guarantee you’ll be amazed at the delicious cocktail you’ve created!


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Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books including The Fat Flush Plan series and her latest book, Radical Metabolism. She’s been rewriting the rules of nutrition for more than 40 years and is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the field of diet, detox and women’s health issues. 

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  1. Darlene

    I want to continue using the various supplements and protein but I’m flying. I don’t want to put them in my checked baggage but the containers are too large for carryon and taking them out of their marked containers might create a problem with the TSA. Shipping them in advance to the location is not an option. I will be traveling for 10 days. Do you have any suggestions?

    • Sierra

      Hi Darlene! I would recommend packaging the protein powder in whatever size container or baggie will work for you. You can print the nutrition facts and information from the UNI KEY website, and tape it to the baggie or container. One of our associates does that frequently, and she has never encountered a problem. Best wishes!

  2. barbara


    I would love to have the shakes in packets for traveling/work etc It seems like it would be fairly easy to offer this for a convenience?

    Thank you!

    • Sierra

      Hi Barbara! UNI KEY is currently working on getting some travel-sized packets 🙂 Hang in there, we hear ya!


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