The temptation can be quite high to overindulge on holiday and to consume more calories than you realise, especially if you are all-inclusive, even with the children off school and day trips out can lead to hidden calories and the added treat.
The most important part is to enjoy your holiday and allow yourself a treat and as much as you can stick to the 80%-20% rule which is 80% of the time think about what you are eating and 20% allow a treat.
Here are some tips to help:
- Think about the portions you eat at home and stick to these sizes
- Aim for each meal to have some lean protein, carbohydrates and fats your plate should look colourful
- Try to avoid the salads covered in mayonnaise
- At breakfast, try to avoid the pastries and allow them once or twice during the holiday
- Avoid having a full English Breakfast every day, but eggs boiled/scrambled/poached daily with vegetables or wholemeal toast are good
- If you are all-inclusive, have a light lunch similar to what you would at home don’t go for three-course lunch and dinner
- With ice creams, these can be full of fats and sugars go for fruit-based ice lollies
- Keep Hydrated with water
- Alcohol can be the big hidden calorie consumed as it a liquid we often don’t think about the calorie content of these cocktails can seem very refreshing, but all too often full of sugar and very high in calories
- Drink soft drinks such as water in between an alcoholic beverage
- If you are going on day trips out in this country take a picnic with you full of nutritious snacks to avoid buying food and not being able to get something healthy
- If you are going to the seaside for the day and want the traditional fish and chips allow this as your treat for the week