TRAVELLING IS A FEAST
Are you a foodie wanting to combine food and wine on your vacation?
Sampling the different cuisines is a personal experience for everyone. There are so many variables to think about - being a vegetarian/vegan; lactose intolerance; gluten free and diabetic to name a few. I have found out especially with friends and family what it means to have to watch what you consume on vacation.
Some have even limited their vacation and is hesitant to venture further afield.
But don't worry you don't want to stop your culinary vacation, go and see you GP/Doctor so that with research, you will be fully aware of the type of cuisine that are on offered at different destinations and you will be able to enjoy your experience. Wherever you travel to, there is always a risk that they may not be able to cater solely to your dietary needs, so the best measures that you can take is to arm yourself with tips on what to eat and stay healthy while on vacation.
As travel specialists we want to use our personal experience as well as experiences to help you enjoy your vacation by showing you how to eat healthy while on vacation.
Balancing healthy meals while on vacation can be tricky. You want to eat healthy, but you also want to relax, unwind and enjoy yourself. You can’t resist what is on offer and you think that you have to indulge.
However, you may end up feeling the worse for wear as you might not be accustomed to the different and unusual foods during your vacation and when you return home due to what you consumed.
When you are on vacation you tend to eat at unusual times and with the possibility that there might not be fresh fruits and vegetables or even your usual diet, the foods we eat on vacation can make or break your trip.
Our solution to this problem is to eat sensibly, especially if there is a medical reason. You can indulge, but be aware of your limitations and don’t throw sensibility out of the window just because you are on vacation.
Tips And Tricks
These are simple tips and tricks that will ensure you enjoy your vacation while sampling the cuisines and beverages.
Have a food allergy translation card with you. You can either do this yourself or go to these websites.
Show your food allergy card to all the establishment where you are consuming foods.
Have medical insurance to cover any allergic reactions. And don't forget your Epipen.
If you are using a Travel Professional/consultant inform all information of your allergies and preferences. It will then be related to the appropriate resort/hotel.
Eat light before your flight. If you get excited that you forget to eat or even drink, this is the incorrect thing to do. Travelling on an empty stomach plays havoc with your digestive system. Have a light snack even if it is very early such as a fruit or vegetable (i.e. carrot sticks). Try to stay away from meat and diary especially the day before.
Keep Hydrated: Flying can dehydrate you very quickly which in turn can make you tired and sluggish. You may be tempted to consume alcohol which is OK (after all you are on vacation) but drink water in between. Alcohol dehydrates you faster.
Arriving at the Resort: If you arrive at the resort between meals try and eat either vegetables or some type of carbohydrate such as rice, potatoes or pasta. This helps with jet lag.
Eat Breakfast: The saying is that this is the most important meal of the day. This is the easiest meal to stay healthy. Take a fruit or yoghurt with you if you are going sightseeing so you can snack without being hungry by lunchtime.
Take Breaks: Even if you are staying at an all-inclusive make sure to take the occasional breaks from the pool or beach to eat. Schedule a time for lunch, dinner and take snacks with your on the beach or by the pool.
Share Meals: If and when you want to indulge, share it with someone else, especially if you are in a group. Don’t feel obliged to finish everything that is on your plate.
Have a one plate rule: Fill most of your plate with salad, fruits and vegetables with a palm size portion of protein. The fruits, salads and vegetables will be filling as well as being nutritious.
Keep a water bottle with you: You might be tempted to drink only cocktails and alcohol but remember to keep a refillable water bottle handy. You can re-hydrate between your alcoholic beverages. Dehydration can also be a mark of hunger.
So there you have it! Enjoy, relax and make sure you eat and stay healthy!