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!
For a Pre- or Post- Vacation Tune-Up:
For the perfect pre- or post- vacation tune-up, I’ve created a plan that will have you looking great and feeling fabulous just in time for the hottest days of summer.
In just two weeks, you’ll be back on track, full of energy and feeling lighter than you have all year. And with your busy schedule, this on-the-go plan truly makes it easier than ever. On the Smoothie Shakedown, you’ll enjoy two delicious smoothies and one satisfying meal daily, plus plenty of healthy snacks. To learn more and see the complete plan, visit smoothieshakedown.com.
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