Holidays! The word itself brings such wonderful emotions; we all love taking a break and going on a holiday, it does not really matter if we are going to an exotic destination or to our hometown. Holidays always make us feel giddy with excitement and why not, they do recharge us and make us feel good.
The only negative thing that can be said about holidays is the weight we tend to put on when enjoying our holidays. We throw caution into the winds and sample every tasty dish that comes our way without a single tinge of guilt.
So, why do we not feel guilty when we are hogging another plateful of jalebis when we are on a holiday? The truth is we pre-set our minds to think that it is okay to put on a little on a holiday. We feel we are entitled to eat as we please, as we have slogged the whole year, be it in the gym or the office. So, the food is a form of reward to us. It’s also embedded in our minds that it is okay to take a break from healthy eating for a little while.
Once the holiday is over, we are back to our regular life, we have to work extra hard to lose those extra pounds and struggle to get back to our diet. But, wouldn’t it be great in the first place, if we could somehow find a middle path where we enjoy good food and yet eat healthy?
With a little planning and effort, we definitely can. So, let’s see what we can do to eat healthier on our holidays.
Moderation: Yes, you can eat what you love including that chocolate truffle, but, please, stop at one. Pause for a moment and think (or Google) the effort you would have to put in to burn the calories. This should prove effective in curbing your temptation to reach out for a second piece.
Plan where you want to stop for your meals: When hunger hit us on a holiday, we typically go for the first eatery we spot. Have we all not suffered from the ill-effects of eating out in a new place? We can eliminate the risk of eating some nasty food by including food stops in our itinerary. This will give you the power to control what you put into your mouth. For example, a lunch at Subway is way more preferable than at McDonald’s.
So next time you are planning a trip, don’t forget to turn to Google for some healthy eating-out options.
Indulge in local cuisine: Look out for food that is local. For example, if you are enjoying a dessert holiday in Rajasthan, be sure to eat their bajra rotis . Generally, the local speciality is made of fresh local produce. Fresh Fish, for example, is available a plenty in Kolkata, and hence you will find yourself amidst a mind-boggling array of fish dishes.
When you are eating local food, you are avoiding processed foods and we all know how unhealthy processed food is. So next time, choose chaach( buttermilk) instead of canned juices.
Pack some healthy snacks: Keep some healthy snacks handy when you are on the road or even in the hotel room. This will help you resist eating junk when you are a little hungry. Whole wheat crackers, peanuts and makhannas are some healthy options.
Make sure you pack them in an air-tight container or zipped pouches to keep them fresh and crunchy.
Stay away from rich food: Avoid food that with high-fat content. Steer clear of dishes that have a very generous dose of cream, like butter chicken, or foods that have been deep-fried. Instead, opt for steamed or roasted dishes.
Share food: If you really want to eat that butter chicken, go ahead, but share it with one or two other people. Sharing food is indeed a win-win situation, you eat what you want and yet be fit.
Soak the excess oil: when you are eating oily food, use a paper napkin to soak in the excess oil. So when your plate choley bhature arrives, dab the bhature with a tissue before you dig in.
Eat a healthy breakfast: The breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so be sure to keep it healthy. Go for protein-rich foods as they will keep you full and prevent mid-morning hunger pangs. Boiled eggs, chickpeas (choley) are some excellent breakfast options.
Limit your carb intake after 6 pm: Late dinners are a common thing on holidays, so reserve your biryani for lunchtime, and choose protein-rich food for dinner. Grilled meats, fishes and veggies or salads are some yummy and good dinner time food.
Do you have some of your own tricks to eat healthy at holidays? Let us know and we will be overjoyed!