So many of us spend weeks or even months eating well and working out to get our bodies looking a certain way before a holiday, but then when we’re away we eat and drink enough for a family of four, arrive back home feeling crap and think “sod it, I’m giving up”. Sound familiar? I’ve done this for years. What can I say, stick me in-front of a buffet and I go wild!
When I came back from Zante last year I felt the worst I’d ever felt in my own skin, which prompted me to sign up to The Body Coach’s 90 Day SSS Plan. Ten months on I’m looking much better, feeling much healthier and have found real passion for living a healthy life, so I’m keen to avoid throwing it all away.
If you’re in the same position, here are eight tips for keeping things under control on your next holiday.
Start as you mean to go on
Who else gets to the airport at the crack of dawn for their morning flight and orders a whopping great cooked breakfast with a glass of prosecco on the side? A pre-flight meal is one of those little things in life that make me so happy. But that doesn’t mean they need to be a thing of the past! Instead, order something that’ll set you up for a good flight, and lay off pints of beer and 2-4-1 cocktails if you can. There’s plenty of time for that on holiday.
Pack healthy plane sacks
Making smart choices with plane snacks is a great idea. I used to take bags and bags of sweets, but I ended up feeling like a flump when I’d arrived at the other end. Take a mix of treats and healthy snacks to keep and see what takes your fancy.
Make good choices
Whether it’s a breakfast, lunch, dinner or the pool bar for snacks during the day, by all means get a bit of whatever it is that’s calling your name, but fill your plate with the good stuff too. That way, you’re not missing out. Live by the 80/20 rule, eating well 80% of the time and saving that 20% for your favourite foods, and you’ll still be feeling good in your bikini each morning.
Keep an eye on your portion sizes
Following on from the above, make sure you don’t over-eat. I used to pile my plate high and then go back for seconds, maybe even thirds. Eat slowly, enjoy your food, enjoy your company, keep your phone far away from reach and really consider whether or not you actually want more food after your first helping. It’s important to listen to your body and know when enough is enough.
Keep on top of your water consumption
Keeping hydrated, particularly if you are somewhere hot, is incredibly important. I don’t enjoy drinking water because I constantly find myself needing the toilet, but our bodies need it more than ever when we’re spending all day in direct sunlight. This doesn’t have to replace your cocktails or Fanta Lemons, just balance them out with a few pints of H2O.
Get a few early nights
So you won’t be in bed for 10pm, it’s a holiday after all, but the more sleep you get the fresher you’re going to feel in the morning, which means you won’t be as tempted to drive into the pile of fatty bacon and sausages when you wake up. I find that the sun and heat makes me tired anyway, so by midnight I’m more than ready to go to bed!
Try to be active every day
You don’t necessarily need to workout, but make sure you move! Whether you go for walks, swim in the sea or get stuck into the morning pool aerobics class, it doesn’t matter, just do it. You’ll feel so much better for moving more, and then when you do decide to have a lazy afternoon on the sun lounger, you’ll enjoy it ten times more.
Look after your skin
This isn’t food or fitness related, but I believe it has a huge impact on how you feel. We all want a tan, of course, but make sure you stay topped up with sun lotion, take breaks in the shade, keep yourself hydrated and give your skin a good scrub every evening to keep it feeling fresh and clean. We’re always advised to keep ourselves healthy on the inside, but what about the outside? I don’t know about you, but a sore, red, peeling mess of a body doesn’t make me feel too good.