Summer is more than halfway gone, but you still have time for a vacation (or two). One of the most common concerns we hear is about how to stay healthy when surrounded by indulgences. With a little bit of planning and commitment to your goals, it is 100 percent possible to maintain your healthy lifestyle on vacation.
Here are a few of my favorite tips and tricks:
BYO Snacks: I always have OM POWER BARS and OM POWER MIX with me, whether I’m in the car, on the plane, or in all-day work meetings. Keeping my glove compartment, purse, and gym bag stocked means I always have something I can munch on when hunger strikes. I also never leave home without my MEALS THAT TRANSFORM cooler filled with meals and snacks for the day. Check out our post on smart snacking for more ideas.
Always Carry Protein: I know it’s nearly impossible to pack egg whites and chicken breast in your suitcase, so I recommend tossing in a few snack-size OM POWER PROTEIN shakes instead. I make a quick stop at a convenience or grocery store when I arrive at my destination to pick up water and almond milk to have in my room as mixers. Snack shakes are a great 10-gram protein punch if you’re waiting on friends and family between meals—after I shower and get ready, I prepare and drink a protein shake and then am able to wait for everyone to get ready without getting too cranky. No one wants a mood swing right before dinner.
Pack Smart: Sun protection is a top priority for vacation, so I never leave home with a great floppy hat, a basketball cap, sunscreen, a cover-up, and a big bag to carry to the pool, beach, gym, or spa. I also bring lotion, lip balm, a selection of my favorite Violet Love headbands, and a fitness magazine. Finally, I always carry floss and a toothbrush in case I am out all day so I can freshen up and be ready for whatever my hubby wants to do next.
You CAN Eat Well: Whether I’m at a pool, a hotel, or a resort, I can always find something healthy on the menu—and if I can’t, I ask. I was recently in Vegas at the pool. Despite the typical poolside fare of burgers and fries, I ordered a grilled chicken breast with a side of avocado and a mouth-watering feta and watermelon salad. It was so good that I ordered it the next day as well. It was light, full of flavor, and packed with protein and good fats, which kept me going all day in conjunction with my other snacks.
Move It: I exercise every day that I am on vacation. I don't care if you do lunges around the pool, go to the gym in the morning, or swim and do water aerobics. Moving will boost your mood, sweating releases toxins if you overindulge, and it feels GOOD. I did pushups and leg lifts, jumped rope, and swam every day when I was in Vegas. The bonus? I also got a little sun-kissed glow under my floppy hat.
Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate: My hubby is a bit of tea connoisseur. Before we left for our summer vacation, he made two large thermoses of our favorite green matcha tea. We sipped on that and water with ionic salts everyday. It kept us cool and hydrated all day—this is especially important if you’re spending time out in the sun!
Enjoy yourself and have a healthy, beautiful rest of your summer!
Your biggest fans in health and wellness,
Angela and Team TRANSFORM