By CJ’s Fitbumps
With summer just around the corner, it is time for the fun filled family holiday! Going away on an all-inclusive holiday when you have little ones is sometimes the easiest and preferred option as then mum gets a break from shopping and cooking! The danger of indulging excessively at the buffet on the wide selections of foods plus alcohol can mean that the pounds pile on quickly in a short space of time.
Everybody loves a holiday and they are essential family bonding time yet many worry that they will undo months of hard work. If you have the knowledge on how to control your weight through food, practice self-control plus enjoy being active with the kids rather than lounging at the pool bar all day, you can be confident that you can stay on track with your weight and love living in your swimming cossie!
Let’s face it, whilst you’re on holidays the last thing you want is to be tracking your food or agonising over those scales so check out my top tips to stay connected with your goals without compromising enjoying yourself:-
Move your body every day
It doesn’t have to be a strenuous run or killer cardio class, but moving your body after you wake up sets you up for the whole day, making you feel good. My favourite thing to do is to take a scenic walk with my little family before tucking into breakfast at the buffet when I have nowhere else to be. Having no schedule is great plus pushing a pram uphill is no easy feat, there’s a few calories burned for the day!
Beating the breakfast buffet
Steer clear of all the pastries, this includes the croissants! These items have very low nutritional value and are high in nasty fats and simple carbs so you will be left feeling hungry soon after you have eaten them.
There are so many options to choose from now, both gluten and dairy so take full advantage of it! For a good hit of quality protein head for the cooked eggs and omelette stations, any good hotel will make your eggs to order so add some cooked mushrooms, grilled tomatoes and spinach and start your day the right way.
Grab some fresh fruit as you’re leaving!
Just perfect for a little morning or afternoon snack to tide you over until your next meal.
Most poor decisions are made in the afternoon or early evening, if you can sustain yourself with fruit or a handful of nuts for morning and afternoon tea your body will feel more satisfied and more likely to stay away from overindulging on the bad foods!
Subtle reminders while you are away
Staying disciplined whilst away is the tricky part, as most of the time, we don’t have anything to gauge by how we are going. A great tip to keep yourself accountable is to bring along a pair of jeans that are well-fitted. Try them one every couple of days or so to use as a reminder of how you are going.
Plan ahead and be prepared
Plan ahead to fit in your exercise and when booking your resort, opt for locations that will allow you to participate in fun physical activities that you enjoy or have gym facilities on site.
Always be prepared and take healthy snacks with you to enjoy on the plane and when in transit plus when you dine out review the menu online first before heading out so you can ensure there are suitable options for you. When you get to the restaurant hold extras, such as cheese and mayo and ask for dressings on the side, that way you are in control of consumption plus wait before grabbing seconds
Remember, holidays occur only a few times a year, so make sure you enjoy the time you’re spending with loved ones. Holidays are about togetherness and relaxation, making memories and having fun. Forget sticking to a rigid diet-exercise regime and instead just pay attention to the choices you make.
Author CJ’s Fitbumps – CJ is a pre and postnatal holistic health coach, group exercise instructor, personal trainer, nutrition expert and author of The Winning Physique. She provides specialist pre and postnatal fitness classes and coaching at Riverside Ice and Leisure as well as offers one to one personalised health coaching programs lifestyle consultations and personal training. Find me at www.cjsfitbumps.com, email me via email@example.com or call me 07557683770.