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Striking a Healthy Balance on Vacation

Believe it or not, you don't have to stray from your healthy lifestyle while on vacation. Yes, indulging is part of the deal, and relaxing is a must. BUT there are ways you can enjoy yourself without wreaking havoc on your body. Here are some ideas to strike a healthy balance on vacation. The idea is to add to your enjoyment, but not your waistline!

Plan for travel days
It is very hard to eat healthy on travel days. Whether you are in the airport or on the god forsaken New Jersey Turnpike, nutritious options are not plentiful. Plan ahead. Pack snacks that don't require refrigeration. Nuts, apples, bananas, dried apricots, and peanut butter sandwiches (on sprouted whole grain bread of course) are great travel snacks. Walk right past the Cinnabon counter knowing you already have plenty of healthy fuel on hand!

Schedule active excursions
It is tempting to sit around on the beach all day, but you could be working up a sweat while creating amazing memories. Hiking, paddle boarding, snorkeling, and biking are fun AND active. Hell, even walking around town to do some shopping is better exercise than sitting around sipping sugary cocktails!

No gym? No problem
There are TONS of exercises (strength and cardio) you can do with little to no equipment. You don't even need very much space, so a hotel room, beach, park, or pool can become your gym. If you need help coming up with ideas of what to do read my blog post from last summer. Try to get the workout in first thing in the morning, so you can enjoy the rest of the day guilt free.

Find a kitchen
Staying in a hotel for a week or more sets you up for junk food overload. Try to find a condo or a hotel with a small kitchen instead. That way whipping up a healthy meal here and there won't be a problem.  The average meal in a restaurant contains close to 1700 calories, compared to a wholesome home cooked meal that contains about 600 calories!

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