How to Stay Healthy on Vacation Without Missing Out

It is vacation after all, so don't be afraid to eat and drink
Keri Glassman's Healthy Lifestyle Tips

We talk to the nutritionist and author about her newest book


Say no to the big buffets.

Vacation. We look forward to it all year. We count how many vacation days we have remaining at the office. We carefully select our companions and our destinations. We labor over packing and our wardrobes. We plan our excursions and beach reads and sun hats.  (Are you a fedora or a giant sun hat or a simple baseball cap person?) We change our Facebook profile photos and make everyone horribly jealous.

How to Stay Healthy on Vacation Without Missing Out (Slideshow)

But more important than the profile photos are the food pictures: You — holding your 3 pound lobster in Maine! You — eating your Margherita pizza at L'Antica Pizzera Da Michele in Naples! You — sipping a Côtes du Rhône in France! We plan and plan but often any dietary health and fitness plans end up by the wayside when vacation-mode takes over. Eating, dining out, and sampling new and local cuisines are integral parts of vacation for many people, and it's important to loosen the reins and enjoy yourself – it is vacation after all. That's why we've compiled nine tips to help you stay healthy on vacation without missing out. 

Food selection and fitness are key in this list. With tips from a nutritionist and a chef and fitness trainer, we cover everything from pre-vacation prep to how to order in a restaurant to simple fitness suggestions that won't feel like a laborious workout. Small variations like switching up your appetizer or cocktail can make a big impact. That's right — cocktails are included! 

So, start plotting out your vacation now if you haven't already. With just a little tweak here and there, we've got you covered.  

Book a Hotel with a Gym, and Use it 

Yes, it's vacation, but 30 minutes in the gym before breakfast won't kill all the fun. In addition to the gym, see if your hotel offers any activities. Many hotels and resorts offer morning yoga, fitness classes, or free water sports. 

Choose Low-Sugar Alcoholic Beverages 

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The calories, carbs and sugars in a few too many cocktails can counteract all of the other healthy choices you make and lead to alcohol-induced overeating. "Choose a beverage that is low in sugar and drink it slowly," clinical nutritionist Amanda Hayes Morgan suggests. "The slower you drink, the less likely you are to continue eating after you’re full. Look for drink options with no added sugar or craft your own." High-quality vodka with soda water and fresh fruit is Morgan's choice. Also, try alternating a cocktail with a glass of water to slow your pace.