Whether you are an avid gym goer or not, most of us make a special effort before we go on holiday. We wait all year for those few weeks off we get and we want to look our best and at the same time thoroughly enjoy ourselves.
Now if you are the same as me, nice food (the naughty food) is part of thoroughly enjoying yourself but you need to be careful, especially in the all inclusive. In these hotels there is no need to think about what you have eaten or what you plan to eat and drink for that day as everything is unlimited. You always see these typical tourists with plates piled so high that it is almost unimaginable that they could eat it all, unfortunately I have witnessed that it is indeed possible.
I’m by no means suggesting that you shouldn’t eat anything tasty and off you plan whilst away but please do it within reason. You have worked so hard to achieve this holiday body and are probably feeling fantastic when on the beach and in all you holiday outfits so don’t ruin it now.
What I do:
I often miss breakfast everyday as I honestly cannot wake up on time and anyone who knows me well knows that I love my sleep and a nap. I don’t think it’s a proper holiday if I don’t get to have a daily nap.
First meal of the day is lunch – I usually have a healthy selection of the salads and any meats from the grill and any sauces available. I often finish with a nice plate full of fruits. Diet coke or water to drink.
For dinner I have the same as lunch (maybe a slice of bread if needed)
When I go on holiday I have alcohol in the evenings nearly every night (not ideal I know, but realistic) and for snacks I usually eat crisps (my guilty pleasure). What is a holiday if you don’t lie on the bed after a day of sunbathing eating Lays ey?
Normally on the last day of the holiday I will go absolutely all out, because I’ve earned it. This involves no holding back and eating exactly what I want and like. You would have noticed from the rest of my blog I do not promote weekly cheat days or meals but this is ok once or twice a year.
I believe in the importance of not eating meat every day of the week. Some people might find this tricky, but try not to eat it every lunch and dinner for the benefit of your health. Various studies have actually revealed the following results due to eating less meat:
- Weight loss
- Lower blood pressure
- Reduced chance of getting diabetes
- Reduced change of getting cancer
- Healthy skin
- Smell better
- Increases happiness
- Increases energy
I personally couldn’t be a vegetarian as I enjoy meat, I would find it extremely difficult to get my daily allowance of protein and not to mention the cost of the foods I would need to buy to maintain my health. I think for most people they do not have the time and money to commit to this lifestyle and most of us enjoy a ‘cheeky Nandos’ now and again 😉
However, if you could cut out meat all together or simply reduce it here are some of negative points of consuming meat that you would be avoiding:
- Meat puts a lot of strain on your colon and your brain contributing to things like Alzheimers disease.
- Build up of unwanted hormones
- E.coli and other bacterial infections
- Shorter life span in comparison to a vegetarian
Below is my Wednesday vegetarian dinner, a combination of healthy vegetables, seeds and feta cheese, inspired by fitness expert Clean Eating Alice.
As the colours show, this dinner is filled with all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals you need and it is extremely filling. The sweet potato is there as a healthy carb as I went to the gym today.
- Roasted sweet potato
- Sun flower seeds
- Lemon juice
All of this mixed together in a bowl with salt and pepper to flavour.
Enjoy, stay healthy 🙂
I eat a wide variety of foods for lunch, depending on my mood and what my activity level will be for that day. After breakfast I really restrict the amount of carbs I eat and I usually don’t have any at all for the rest of the day. Saying that, if your body is craving carbs you should eat some, especially if on a workout day or the day after an intense session. If I really crave carbs I will have either a jacket potato or sweet potato pieces to go with my salad.
Normally I make a salad to take to work accompanied by a greek yogurt as this quick, easy and filling. Today I have a greek salad with tuna:
- Half a red onion
- Small can of tuna in sun flower oil
- quarter of a cucumber
- 8 cherry tomatoes
- 8 green olives
- Chia seeds
- Feta cheese
- Half a lemon squeezed
- 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
- Salt to taste
Washed down with a glass of vitamin C.
I always have Total Greek Yogurt by Fage as after doing my research I have found that it contains the least amount of sugar and also has the filling thick and creamy taste. I usually don’t go for the 0% fat yogurts as they often contain more sugar. If you are going to do a low carb diet you cannot cut out all of the fat and it is important to consume healthy fats to keep yourself healthy.
Please take care when selecting yogurts as most of the advertising leads you to believe they are a healthy option. Research has shown that some Muller yogurts contain almost 18.4 g of sugar per little pot which is more than 3 chocolate digestive biscuits. They are not the only offenders, with Yeo Valley yogurts containing 14.3 g and Active containing up to 13.3 g.
I always say that it is best to make a conscious decision to have a ‘cheat day’ by going all out and having that cake or pizza rather than consuming the equivalent unknowingly. This is why it is so important to eat food with limited ingredients inside. Usually the less ingredients in the product the better it is for you, and the more control you have over what you are consuming.
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