Vacations and diets never seem to mix well, and with good reason. Who would want to miss out on the cinnamon rolls in Shipshewana? Or the funnel cakes at the state fair? Would Chicago be the same without the pizza?
Even when travel food isn’t part of the destination, it can still be a big part of the budget. Fast food is almost always cheaper than healthier food. If you’re in a hurry, it’s also faster.
If your diet has been going well, and you don’t want all your hard work to be lost while traveling, the best solution is probably compromise. Instead of trying to lose weight on vacation, why not shoot for weighing the same at the end of your trip as you do at the beginning? If your goals match up better with the level of temptation you’re going to have, you may enjoy your trip, and your homecoming, a lot more. Here are a few tips to guide you:
- When eating out, it’ll be easier on your waist, and your budget, if you split entrees with someone. If your tastes aren’t the same, take turns choosing. Who knows? You may find a new food you like.
- At least once a day, instead of ordering an entire meal, order a couple of appetizers. Make sure at least one of them is low calorie.
- Almost every restaurant meal has high calorie “fillers”. This could be French fries, rolls on the table or dressing-filled coleslaw on the side of a barbecue sandwich. Don’t eat the fillers.
- Don’t drink your calories. Water with lemon is cheaper and unlike soda pop, it won’t interfere with the taste of your food.
- Be willing to “waste” food. If you order something expensive and you don’t like it, don’t finish it.
- Prevent “car grazing”. Leave the snacks at home. Don’t buy gas station food.
- When ordering fast food, get fish or chicken and skip the beef, bacon and fries. If you must have a shake, order the kiddie size.