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4 Tips to Enjoy a Happy Healthy Holiday

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4 Tips to Enjoy a Happy Healthy Holiday
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Finally, Summer is here! It’s that time of year when we pack our bags, gather our loved ones together and jet off to an exotic destination for a few days of rest, relaxation and indulgence. What are you most looking forward to? One thing no one ever wants to return with is excess weight—and we’re not talking about your suitcase. Is it possible to enjoy a healthy holiday without denying yourself every pleasure? Yes!

Take Your Body on Holiday

For many of us, a break from the day-to-day stresses of normal life means doing very little and indulging in the local cuisine without worrying about our waist-lines. While there’s no denying that this provides a certain kind of mental relaxation, your body needs something rather different.

We’ve learned to equate holidays with excess, so it isn’t uncommon to return from a two-week vacation to find the weighing scales displaying a heavier number. This then creates stress and bad feeling as you berate yourself for all those holiday treats and embark on a grueling diet regime to lose the weight.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

Take your body on holiday with you. After all, it needs a break too! Ask yourself, what does it want? It’s natural to want to indulge while on holiday, but making informed decisions about what you eat will help you enjoy your holiday much more. Choosing healthier foods will help you feel vibrant, energetic and full of enthusiasm—which is, after all, the way you want to be feeling all the time! Take a look at these tips and see if you can make your holiday healthier.

Tips for a Happy Healthy Holiday

1. Indulge

You don’t have to give everything up on holiday! Once a day, indulge in a treat of your choice. Do you want to enjoy that traditional ice-cream by the beach, or that local delicacy the tour-guide told you about? Deciding what to indulge in and what to avoid is empowering: you’re no longer simply following an impulse, you are making conscious decisions about what you choose to eat. This strategy is something you can do in every-day living, as well as on holiday.

2. Slow Down

You’re on holiday, take it slow. Take time to fully appreciate your meal and those you are sharing it with. Converse with your family, place your knife and fork down between bites, chew your food thoroughly, really savor the flavor and texture of your meal. Not only will the whole experience be more enjoyable, you’ll also give your body the time it needs to register feeling full, so you won’t over-eat.

3. Move Your Body

Many of us equate exercise with punishment, and are determined to do as little as possible on holiday. As wonderful as it is to lay on a beach lounger for hours, it doesn’t do your body much good, especially after a heavy meal. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to go for a walk or cycle and explore your surroundings? Make the most of your hotel—swim a few lengths of the pool, look for yoga classes, or find a walking group that incorporates sightseeing. Exercise is a wonderful stress reliever[1] and releases endorphins in the body which create a sense of wellbeing—exactly how you want on your holiday!

4. Be Prepared

Your holiday begins with the journey. While your destination may be filled to the brim with healthful and delicious food, airports are notorious for their lack of healthy options. Pack some nutritious snacks, like nuts and dried fruits, for when you get hungry. This way, you won’t be tempted by the candy and pastries on offer. Start your holiday as you mean to go on—with a conscious decision to make healthy choices and give your body what it really wants.

Come Back Feeling Amazing

Holidays are a time of rest and recuperation for the body and soul. Make the most of your break by savoring your food mindfully, enjoying time with your loved ones and exploring your surroundings, so that you can come back feeling better than ever. Happy holiday!