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5 ways to stay healthy on holiday

It’s that time of year again. The out of office is on, the SPF is purchased and you’re ready to jet-off to sunnier climates for a week of delicious food and drink. But just because you’re leaving behind the stress of work, it doesn’t mean you have to leave behind all healthy intentions. We’ve devised 5 ways to stay healthy on holiday, helping you to remain bloat free all vacation long.

Start as you mean to go on

Holiday mode starts as soon as you enter the departure lounge, right? Try to restrain from junk food and sweet treats in the airport and during the flight. Speaking to, nutritional therapist Amelia Freer says: “Plan what you’ll eat on the journey. Take a piece of fruit and a handful of nuts and seeds for snacks.”

Plan your treats and enjoy them

You’re on holiday so we’re by no means suggesting that you don’t indulge in any treats – just plan the ones that are worth it. Too often, we get into the ‘I’m on holiday’ attitude towards our vacation eating habits which lead us to overindulge and bloat. Fancy the heavenly fondant fudge cake for dessert? Or can’t resist a mid-afternoon a scoop of gelato? Go for it. Just don’t do it for the entire 14 days.

Embrace your surroundings

A holiday is the perfect time to thoroughly enjoy and take in your surroundings. What better location to take a long walk than down the sunny backdrop of an idyllic sandy beach? Or, ditch the sightseeing bus tour and discover your location by foot. Not only can you experience the local culture first hand but you’ll rack up your steps on your pedometer too.

Eat a big (healthy) breakfast

Whilst hotel breakfast buffets can be danger zones for those on a diet, they can also be a dieter’s best friend. Packed in between the pancake stacks and sugary pastries, I bet there is also mounds of fresh fruit, natural yogurt and granary delights which will set you up nicely for a day on the sun lounger. Also, research shows that if you make a healthy choice at the beginning of the day you’re more likely to make better decisions throughout the day. It’s a win, win.

Enjoy the local delicacies

A holiday is the perfect time to try new things. Take advantage of the local delicacies such as fresh meat, fish and grilled vegetables. If you’re staying by the sea (which most of us usually are) fresh fish is often available in abundance. Packed with Omega 3, not only is it great for the skin, it also aids digestion and helps with weight loss.

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