Holiday is the time to shut down and let go of the many rules that dominate our daily life. But even so we want to have the time of our lives, we still want to maintain our health.
Here are six easy ways to enjoy an indulgent but still healthy holiday. Follow these tips and you’ll return home positively glowing!
I) Keep it Balanced
There’s no need to deny yourself treats if eaten in moderation – you are on holiday after all.
Treat yourself to the scoop of gelato or a poolside cocktail, but reject the all-you-can-eat buffet in favor of light meals with vegetables and whole grains. Try food swaps where possible, such as switching out soft drinks for sparkling mineral water flavored with citrus fruits. At Pine Cliffs Resort we offer a dedicated healthy restaurant and pool bar – Zest – which is perfect for wholesome meals and smoothies to balance any overindulgences.
II) Eat Slowly
Research has shown that people who eat slowly and savor their food are less likely to be overweight. It takes up to 20 minutes for the brain to register when we are full thanks to leptin. Leptin is the hormone responsible for appetite control. Lazy lunches and alfresco dinners that stretch into the long summer evenings are the perfect opportunity to slow down and eat small portions of quality food in a mindful way. You can opt for the indulgent dessert sometimes. However, set aside distracting screens, put down utensils in between bites and savor the pleasure of a delicious meal.
III) Stick to a Routine
Try to eat at regular times wherever possible, making small snacks between main meals.
The freedom that holidays grant from everyday life is wonderful, but it’s all too easy to slip into bad habits whilst in a foreign environment. Late nights and erratic mealtimes can leave you feeling sluggish, especially when getting used to a new time zone. Make up for any sleep deficit by embracing the time-honored tradition of the afternoon siesta. Try to catch a solid seven to eight hours of sleep (which also helps increase leptin levels to regulate appetite).
IV) Eat Local
Eating as the locals do is a brilliant way to experience the culture, and enjoy seasonal food that’s bursting with flavor and health benefits. Beachside destinations lend themselves wonderfully to freshly caught fish and seafood dishes packed with brain-boosting omega 3. Countryside spots are great for filling up your plate with just-picked fruits and vegetables replete with vitamins and antioxidants.
V) Stay hydrated
People often confuse hunger with thirst, especially in sunnier climates.
It’s important to drink at least 1.5 to 2 liters of water to stave off the temptation to snack. Thanks to clever marketing from wine and spirits companies, warm weather also makes us automatically reach for a cold beer or glass of wine. Despite the colorful, tempting options at the beach bar, it’s worth noting that sunshine and alcohol are a dangerous mix that can lead to severe dehydration and heat stroke. There’s no need to avoid alcohol completely. Try savoring a small glass of wine or cocktail and drink twice as much water to compensate.
VI) Keep Fit
Although it’s tempting to abandon the gym routine in favor of the sun-lounger, light exercise will help to keep your muscles supple. Plus, you’ll find it easier to slip back into routine on your return. Rather than slogging away on the treadmill, a new environment provides the perfect opportunity to discover fitness activities you may not have considered at home.
If dedicated fitness activities aren’t your bag, take advantage of the glorious weather and stunning surroundings to work physical activity seamlessly into your day. Snorkel in the sea, walk along the beach, jog to the supermarket or cycle around the local area. There’s plenty to discover wherever you are!