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5 Ways to Stay Healthy While on Vacation: Advice From a Wellness and Nutrition Expert Featured

1. What is the best way to balance eating well and eating out every meal while you're on vacation?

It's all about moderation and the game plan. Having a plan in place will help you stay in control of your environment. You pack for the weather, you pack for different activities and you should pack snacks to stay on a healthy track, especially since it is hard to stick to a normal eating schedule and avoid temptations when vacationing and eating out. Oranges, apples, nuts, seeds, and granola are small, easy items to take along anywhere. Grocery shop and take advantage of that mini-fridge!

It is hard to avoid the great cocktails, bread basket, the amazing appetizers, the delicious entrees, sides, and dessert while eating out. I get it, I love to travel and I LOVE to eat. But, balance those meals with healthier meals. If you know you'll be indulging in an extravagant Italian dinner, keep it light at breakfast and lunch. No one wants to limit themselves to a green salad and water everyday, but most meals out are laden with butter, salt and sugar (cocktails included!) Loading up on delicious vegetables with chicken or fish will keep you feeling good and energized for the duration of your trip. Also, avoid skipping meals in order to "save calories for later". Our body needs fuel to keep our metabolisms going and blood sugar stable.

2. When I travel, I want to try all of the destination's different foods and treats? What is the best way to still feel like you got a taste, while not blowing your diet?

If you're traveling with a group, the best way to enjoy different foods and treats is to share dishes; most are large enough to feed an army anyhow and everyone will get to enjoy just a little bit of everything! Traveling solo? Ask for a smaller serving; although menus don't always list the item, it's worth asking as most restaurants will accommodate your request!

3. Even though I walk a lot when on vacation, I always end up super sore when I return back to the gym. What do you suggest for staying fit while still enjoying vacation?

The reality is that most people aren't going to end up in the hotel gym during vacation. Many resorts offer an array of fun fitness classes on site though and this is something fun to do with a group. Traveling solo? Commit to a 20-30 minute body weight workout in your room. A couple sets of lunges, squats, push-up, and planks go a long way and will keep you feeling fit on the road!

4. Can you recommend any foods for combatting jet lag?

Jet lag effects us all on a different level but generally speaking, staying hydrated and making sure to include protein (eggs, chicken, fish, etc.), and a couple servings of fruits and vegetables with your meals will help greatly! When we're tired, we often crave the things that will hurt our bodies the most, so keep it healthy and your body and mind will thank you! Juice Plus+ has been magic for me on the road and for jet lag ( I don't know if you want to include this product in the blog or not?!)

5. What should you eat if you suddenly find yourself feeling a bit under the weather while traveling?

I always recommend traveling with a probiotic as our digestive tract can get disturbed with irregular schedules and different foods. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate and load up on foods that are high in Vitamin C and antioxidants such as bell peppers, oranges and berries. Ginger tea with lemon also helps!

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