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It’s summer, and it’s time for that annual family vacation we have been having numerous discussions over since the past few months.
I am sure you have picked up the perfect destination to unwind, shop, meander and gape at – a treat for your eyes, mind and soul. And so it makes perfect sense that on this vacation you give your diet regimen a break as well.This vacation treat your taste buds and ditch the healthy eating plan.
I am sure you would be thinking that we have gone bonkers, presenting an absurd idea of giving your diet a vacation, but that’s not true. We believe in feeding the foodie within you and when you are on a holiday, we want you to ensure that you have relished all the mouth-watering desserts, delectable savoury snacks and local delicacies guilt-free.
Clearly, healthy is out, smart is in. Swearing by this policy, here are some guidelines to ensure your taste-buds have a rollicking time on your getaway:
Eat local: As the adage goes, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”, sample the local cuisine because food is an integral part of your retreat. Now, if you were visiting Nepal and eating dosa and sambhar instead of the local speciality - momos, well its seems pointless to make that trip to Nepal, right?
So, we advocate that you devour the pasta and pizzas in Italy, fondues while holidaying in Switzerland, burritos in Mexico to get an authentic flavour of the food you crave for back home. If you have planned a desi trip, and say you are visiting Punjab, relish the chole bhature, parathas and different variants of paneer sabzi. The local food gets digested easily owing to the climatic conditions, so you can savour it without worrying about weight gain.
Carry spices: Eating khichdi with curd kills the holiday spirit, right? So, take it easy on the first two-three days of your trip. While an impressive array of foods is impossible to resist, an overdose of food will tax your digestive system and spoil your retreat. Carrying condiments such as cumin seeds (jeera) and bishop’s weed (ajwain) in your travel kit is a good idea since they are a good source of thymol which keeps your digestive troubles at bay. In a glass of lukewarm water, add a teaspoon of jeera/ajwain, let it steep, strain it after 10 minutes and drink it to keep indigestion away. A combination of ½ teaspoon each of roasted fenugreek seeks (methi dana) and cumin seeds (jeera) with 2 tablespoons of curd twice a day is an effective home remedy for diarrhea.
Drink plenty of water: Irrespective of whether your travel destination is a beach, hill station or a picturesque city, adequate hydration is a must to avoid the pitfall of dehydration which can leave you with headaches, fatigue and dizziness. Since we let down ourselves during vacations, alcohol becomes a common feature. Before drinking alcohol, make sure you are adequately hydrated and always remember to guzzle a glass of water between two alcoholic drinks.
Enjoy the breakfast spread: Lavish breakfast buffets are synonymous with vacations and we all love eating a king-sized breakfast that is filled with our favorite foods. Well, go ahead and enjoy all the scrumptious pancakes, waffles, croissants, muffins guilt-free. Just remember to start your breakfast with a fruit because the nutrients of a fruit are best absorbed on an empty stomach. The complex carbs in fruits will provide ample energy to make the most of your day.
Have a gadget-free vacation: A vacation implies a break from the humdrum of our professional lives, especially for those with a work life that extends beyond 10 hours a day and includes working weekends. So, hold up your professional commitments, keep the gadgets aside and revel in the family time that you are taking this retreat for. Make a tiny exception for using your smartphone for posting those family selfies and picturesque locales on Instagram and Facebook
Since we promised this blog is about letting yourself have a gala time on your vacation without worrying about weight, we are not advocating you to clock 10000 steps in the pedometer every day. Instead, we would like you to enjoy activities you don’t otherwise get time for such as trekking, a beach run, couple cycling, pedal boating or swimming with your kids in the resort pool. Wandering in the market for shopping souvenirs, sightseeing or exploring the scenic spots, gardens are some activities best done on foot and a must-include to get the vibe of the place you are visiting. And don’t forget to treat yourself with an indulgent meal post your exercise :)
Now, you are back from your trip and the weighing scale shows you have gained 4-5 pounds aka Holiday Weight.
Please do not press the panic button because help is at hand.
We, at bon happetee, are here for you right when you come back from a rejuvenating trip and will help you get back on track through our personalized meal plans and recommendations. We are confident that you will lose all that extra weight in no time.
Bon voyage and bon appétit from team bon happetee.
This article is written by Vishruta Biyani
Vishruta is a nutritionist by profession and a writer by heart. Content writing and menu planning have become her passions over the past few years. Love food, love life — is her mantra.