The summer holidays are almost upon us, and for many of us going on holiday with our families, the countdown to chaos has begun. Visas, shots, and foreign currency is often only the beginning when it comes to preparing for a vacation: you also have to stock up on suncream, spare T-shirts, and the inevitable running out of batteries/chargers conundrum. But plenty of women, caught up in the rush of trying to make sure that everything is ready for their family, has forgotten one thing: the diet.
Now, keeping to a diet is difficult enough when you are at home, and it is possible at any point to order in a takeaway with more calories than your daily allowance. But what about when you’re on holiday? Meals out, snacks, treats, cocktails, and all the rest of the gorgeous food and drink that naturally comes with a holiday is just teeming with things that you are not meant to eat, or not supposed to eat in bulk. But at the same time, you don’t want to dampen the mood of the holiday, and refuse to eat or drink anything special or exciting.
It’s an incredibly frustrating problem, and it is why so many women return from their summer trip with a great tan, and an extra inch around their waist. Because really, what else can you do?
We believe that there is something that you can do. If you follow these five easy tips whilst you are away on your travels, then it should be easy for you to keep to the diet that you (almost) stick to the rest of the year:
1. Drink plenty of water.
Not only will that stave off the problem of dehydration, but it will help you to stop snacking. According to a study around 80% of the time that we think we are hungry, we are actually thirsty. If we just drank enough, we would find ourselves to full to snack continuously. While you are on holiday, always carry a water bottle around with you, and try to drink two of them a day.
2. Say no to pudding every other day.
You may have avoided puddings and sweet things totally at home, but this is your holiday after all. You don’t want it to be exactly like home ñ but you don’t want to go wild. Keeping yourself to this rule will mean that you can indulge without feeling guilty.
3. Have one mocktail for every two cocktails.
Alcohol has a huge number of calories in, which many people don’t realise. By substituting in a mocktail (or a cocktail with no alcohol in it) for every two cocktails you drink, you’ll save on money and calories. This rule goes over days, though, so if you have two cocktails one day, the next stay you have to start your drinking with a mocktail.
4. Split the big carbs with your children or partner.
When you eat out, there is nothing you can do to control the portion sizes that you’ll be given, and that is often our downfall. But if you are forced to look at a huge number of fries or potatoes, just calmly divide them between other little hungry mouths that will happily accept them. This means that nothing goes to waste, but nothing goes to your waist either!
5. Don’t forget to smile!
You’re on holiday! It would be unreasonable to expect you to be an absolute saint, but there is no reason why you shouldn’t have fun ñ and if you follow these five rules properly, you should be able to return home with a smile on your face for more than one reason.
6 Summer SuperFoods to Kickstart Your Bikini Body
The official start of summer is a few short weeks ago, but the weather is already warm enough in many places to head to the beach. As you ditch the sweaters and hoodies in favor or tank tops and bikinis, here are some superfoods to pack with you for a day of work or better yet, a day at the beach!
Blueberries not only taste delicious – they’re packed full of antioxidant benefits! It strengthens your immune system, while simultaneously warding off potential health hazards, such as smoke or pesticides. Perhaps the best news about blueberries is that they can help blast belly fat, so be sure to toss them into your next smoothie or eat 1 cup daily to keep the excess weight away!
Looking to lose a few pounds? Peaches are the ideal snack to help you do just that. Not only will it help you feel full and keep you from eating too much, it also keeps your body cool on hot days. As an added bonus, it is known for being a natural stress reliever and will help keep you feeling relaxed.
Grapes are a tasty treat packed with protein, fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, potassium and iron. They also keep you hydrated, which will come in handy on especially humid days. One cup of grades make a great 100 calorie snack, or add it to a fruit salad to take with you on your next trip to the beach or park.
Once found only in Japanese restaurants, edamame have become a staple in households across the country. This high-protein, low-fat soybean is an ideal snack or meal ingredient if you’re looking to shed a few pounds. As an added health benefit, it also helps keep your immune system functioning properly and can lower your risk for cancer and heart disease.
The fact that an avocado is high in fat isn’t a bad thing. There’s good fat and bad fat, and avocados are definitely on the good side of the nutrition scale! They’re a good choice if you’re on a low calorie diet. According to the California Avocado Commission, the fruit also provides close to 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B vitamins and folic acid.
What’s there not to love about tomatoes? Besides being a tasty addition to any wrap or salad, they’re naturally low in calories, cholesterol, sodium, and saturated fat. Tomatoes also have a high water content, which keep you hydrated and feeling full. They even provide a great beauty bonus for summer! Packed with beta-carotene, tomatoes protect your skin against sun damage and can even reduce lines and wrinkles.