How to eat on holiday

Summer is almost here and most of us have got summer holidays to go on. I have my usual weekend getaways during summer as I prefer to have my holidays outside the ‘usual holiday season‘ that being said I think regardless of when you go on holiday same principles apply when thinking about how to eat on holiday. Most people go on diets months before their holidays, especially summer holidays where people prepare to have ‘beach body‘ (my beach body is 7 months away in the making) ready to show off their hard work which took months to achieve. So why is it that once we go on holiday, most of us throw the very basics of our diets to the waste side and eat junk foods? I know I am guilty of that more than most so this summer and subsequent holidays moving forward (fingers crossed), I intend to stick to these tips.

How to eat on Holiday

Portions – I think this one everyone knows, instead of munching of bucket load of foods why not have sizable portions when having a meal. I think every diet out their touches on portions and we practice this during the diets so why not continue the trend.

Healthy snacking – I shared in my care pack for work post about how I am changing what I snack on at work. I thought why not extend this to when I am on holiday. If I am honest this is something I have been doing for a while just didn’t know why it never transfers to my work place. Every getaway I go on I carry energy bars and rarely do I carry chocolate bars (which surprises me as I love chocolate too much). Try snacking on nuts, protein or energy bars and fruits – either dried or fresh if you can find them. But if you’re not sure if you will be getting your five a day snacking on healthy foods, why not try out the Urban Fruits‘ range. I have loved Urban Fruits snacks since I was introduced to them last year in the Degustabox food box I receive monthly and been buying them ever since. They are delicious and come in sizable packets so you can carry them anywhere.

Drink plenty of water – This might surprise those who know me as water and I don’t really get along but I do try to stay hydrated throughout the day and it’s important whilst on holiday especially in the height of summer to drink as much liquids (not just cocktails) as you can. I try to buy smoothies, fruit juices from the supermarkets of wherever I am visiting but most importantly I try to carry and drink water throughout the day.

80/20 rule – As much as I would like to claim I eat healthy 100% of the time I am away that is not the case. But I do like to implore the 80/20 rule of where by I eat ‘clean or healthy’ 80% of the time and 20% I indulge in some treats but remember don’t go overboard here.

Have fun – many people shy away from healthy eating because they think you just need to stick to salads and nuts but that is not the case, the food you’re eating as to be as fun and enjoyable as the holiday you’re on. Recently I was in Hamburg and for my healthy meal ‘Lean meat with side salad‘, I ensure they added some chips to it because I love chips so why not indulge but as mentioned above don’t go overboard with your treats.

There you have it, my tips on how to eat on holiday leaning towards the healthy side than junk and also looking after the wallet. Eating on holiday whether healthy or otherwise doesn’t have to break the bank (though this can depend on where you are), there are ways you can save whilst traveling.

What are some of your trips for how to eat on holiday?

Do you have specific rules that you’ve set for yourself?

**I was sent the Urban Fruit samples to test, a post was not required but I chose to write about them**

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31 Comments

  1. June 18, 2016 / 10:22 pm

    Food is a such a massive thing on holiday as you mainly eat out! I love it!

    • June 19, 2016 / 6:28 am

      That’s so true and that’s why we need to work even harder

  2. June 17, 2016 / 10:06 pm

    Holidays are all about food for us but it’s not junk food. We go out to local markets, eat in restaurants and enjoy the cuisine of the area we are in.

    • June 18, 2016 / 5:21 am

      That’s good I think, it’s not all about junk foods

  3. June 17, 2016 / 4:13 pm

    Water is the key. But most importantly, don’t miss the local foods! 🙂

  4. June 17, 2016 / 3:43 pm

    I do a lot of self catering on holiday so I always tend to stock up on a lot of salad and chuck that in at every meal. I do however when I’m eating out eat all my vegetables first but it’s something I’ve done since I was a kid as I was always told ‘You must eat your vegetables!’ haha!

  5. June 17, 2016 / 3:01 pm

    I basically do nothing but eat on holiday – opps!

    • June 17, 2016 / 12:27 pm

      That’s good

  6. June 16, 2016 / 11:17 pm

    You are right it’s so easy to over eat on holiday, but sticking to a healthy plan with occasional treats is a brilliantly ant idea.

    • June 17, 2016 / 6:22 am

      Thanks Nayna, having occasional treats helps motivate people

  7. June 16, 2016 / 9:54 pm

    Hands up I always eat to much on holiday – I don’t do alcohol but food, yeah I really need to try and bring in portion control lol. x

    • June 16, 2016 / 10:34 pm

      I think one thing I can do is portion control but not so much healthy all the time lol

  8. June 16, 2016 / 8:15 pm

    A great post! I think when you are on holiday you walk alot too which helps cut the snacking but it can also be so tempting. Great tips

    • June 16, 2016 / 10:33 pm

      It can certainly be tempting

  9. June 16, 2016 / 7:45 pm

    Great post, I love to try new foods when I go away I just need to be careful what I eat and how much.

    • June 16, 2016 / 10:33 pm

      Same here

  10. June 16, 2016 / 7:00 pm

    Great post, the one thing I love about being on holiday is eating whatever I really want to eat lol x

    • June 16, 2016 / 10:32 pm

      Hahaha that’s true but it doesn’t have to be all unhealthy options. Lol

  11. June 16, 2016 / 5:22 pm

    Great tips, I was snacking on some of those Urban Fruits Blackcurrants just the other day, nice and juicy:-)

    • June 16, 2016 / 6:08 pm

      Ain’t they just, I love them

  12. June 16, 2016 / 3:24 pm

    I’m really bad on holiday and any thought of healthy eating gets thrown away. I just eat what I want to x

    • June 16, 2016 / 6:06 pm

      Hahaha I just wanna eat as healthily as I possibly can

  13. June 16, 2016 / 3:10 pm

    I don’t think I ever eat healthy on holiday, I don’t see the point. I just want to enjoy! I’ll try to spend less though.

    • June 16, 2016 / 6:05 pm

      That’s true for most but I don’t want to come back and regretting my eating habits lol

  14. June 16, 2016 / 12:07 pm

    Such great tips! I have to admit, I’m the first one to treat myself on holiday, but ultimately, I like to swim or hike a lot so that gelato doesn’t really show. Still, I could definitely use some of these!

    • June 16, 2016 / 12:35 pm

      I think if you’re actively doing something then a gelato here and here won’t hurt

  15. June 16, 2016 / 11:51 am

    I literally need to take note of this. I eat EVERYTHING in sight on holiday, but I do it because I have worked really hard beforehand to get into shape and I LOVE food. That being said, last holiday I only gained albs despite eating about 4-5 meals a day!! It was mainly salads and luxurious fish dishes though as we were in turkey and it was too hot for much else! Clearly all the walking and swimming worked off the daily burger (or 3) and pizza slice (or 6) we had mid afternoon! H x

    • June 16, 2016 / 12:35 pm

      Hahaha I know what you mean but I need to definitely hold it in lol

  16. June 16, 2016 / 11:06 am

    I eat lots of local food on holiday, but to tend to try and stick to lean protein and vegetables and limit the alcohol, as I do not wish to spend my time away being hungover.

    • June 16, 2016 / 11:15 am

      I am the same, I try and stay away from alcohol especially as I am a sole traveler

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