Travelling is a feast
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 variable 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 is means to have to watch what you consume on vacation.
Some have even limited their vacation and is hesitant to venture further afield.
I experienced this on several occasions while on vacation with my husband. Neither of us knew at that time that he was suffering from diabetes, and we are foodies who love to sample the different cuisines. My husband adores his seafood and would eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. On a few of our vacations, we visited
destinations that had the most wonderful selection of sea-foods.
Needless to say my husband was in his element, however after finishing his meal he would fall asleep much to my annoyance. This happened on several occasion on different vacations. After the third incident I decided that he needed a check-up and on returning home went to have this done. Much to our dismay, we found out that he was diabetic and his antibodies was reacting to the proteins in the sea-foods, and his body couldn’t cope with the amount he was eating. The good news was that he now eats it in moderation!
We didn’t want to stop our culinary vacation experiences, so I did a lot of research into the type of cuisine that are on offered at different destinations. Wherever you travel to, there is always a risk that they wouldn’t 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.
I related this to a very good friend of our who has the same thing, and on most occasions we go on vacation as a group.
I wanted to use my personal experience as well as my experience as a travel professional 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’s on offer and you think that you have to indulge.
However, you might end up feeling the worse for wear during your vacation and when you return home because of what you consumed.
The first time I went to Jamaica I was overwhelmed and excited by all the different types of food and fruits. Everyday, apart from having the most appetizing but full breakfast, I would feast on anything and everything that I saw and liked. The result was, I was ill for about two to three days and had to stay indoors. I wasn’t accustomed to the different and unusual foods, I didn’t take into consideration that I had a sensitive stomach plus I ate too much and didn’t limit myself.
To make sure that didn’t occur again, on my next and other vacations, I decided I would eat normally and sensibly, but indulge now and again. Result, no wasted days!
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.
My 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.
If you are using a Travel Professional/consultant relate this to him/her of your allergies and preferences. It will then be related to the appropriate resort/hotel.
Eat light before your flight. If you are like me and 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 (carrot stick or even a bowl of soup). 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 tray and eat either vegetables or some type of carbohydrates 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 ravenous 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!