Staying active & eating well while on holidays

Hitting the road? Catching the big bird? Whichever way you are getting to your destination, it sometimes makes eating clean a little difficult. And when you get there, how do you stay active? You’re on holidays, you want to kick back and relax. Great! Holidays are all about relaxing and rejuvenating your body & soul but don’t deviate from your usual routine too much otherwise you’ll come back from your trip feeling worse than when you left for it. Here are some tips to help make your trip a great one (for your body & mind!):

Pack snacks – this is my number one tip for holidays especially when on the road. Being gluten and lactose intolerant, I find it really hard to find snacks at truck stops (especially small towns) so I always make sure I’ve packed snacks for along the way. Even if catching the big bird, I’ll have some snacks packed in my bag. Plus it’s a great way to save some money!

Make a supermarket visit – if you are going somewhere with one then save it for when you get there but if you’re going to a small town then go before you leave. Stock up on healthy nutritious food (just make sure you’re not crossing into states that you’ll have to hand over your fruit & veg) and cook your own meals. Not only does this mean you know what’s going in your belly but you’ll save yourself a packet from dining out. I went to the Great Ocean Road over the weekend and made up zip lock bags with Paleo Pro Chocolate, ate, Glutamine & Rosehip Vital for a quick breakfast each morning combined with a ‘nana.

Schedule your workouts – I find for me first thing in the morning is most convenient. 9 times out of 10 I’m awake first so I slip out of bed, slide on the runners and away I go. Stick to well lit streets and make sure you know where you are running as I’d hate for anyone to get lost while away!

Make use of your surroundings – near a beach? Hit the sand! Either walk or run on it, both provide a great workout! I found so many sets of awesome stairs whilst away; the ones at Bells Beach are killer. Love the rainforest? Go check out some waterfalls, there’s always SO many stairs to get to one. Only a 2km loop that takes an hour? See if you can do it in half! Near a park – seats are great for step ups, push ups, dips! Out in the country? Use the white road markers as intervals – jog to one, walk to the next! Just make sure you run into traffic and only where it’s safe and well-lit! Not a public person? Work out in your room.

Do your research – going out for tea? Look up the menu beforehand so you can have a bit of an idea what they offer and what you can eat. There’s nothing worse than getting somewhere and realising you can’t eat anything on the menu or you’re limited to fatty, unhealthy foods. A bit of a splurge is ok every now and then but just remember the 80/20 rule – 20% treats and 80% nutritious foods.

Don’t drink down your calories – nearly everyone indulges in a few bevo’s while away. But those poolside cocktails can soon add up the calories and not to mention spike your sugars something scary. Instead of sugar-laden cocktails, choose lower-calorie drinks like a white-wine spritzer, light beer or a vodka with soda and lime.

Get active with your travel buddy – go for a walk each day taking in your surroundings. Bring a football or Frisbee to throw around, go snorkelling, kayaking, cycling etc. There are so many options to stay active, my favourite one was when I went to QLD last year – hello Wet’n’Wild!