Staying healthy on vacation

NEW YORK (CNN) – All too often we return from vacation to find we’ve put on some extra weight, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Vacations are a time to kick-back, relax, and enjoy being away from our work or routines. But it doesn’t mean we have to toss aside our good health habits aside.  You can let loose and still stay healthy by following these simple tips.

First off, don’t skip breakfast; instead, make a healthy meal a part of every morning.  It doesn’t have to be hard.  Include some low-fat protein, fresh fruit or veggies and whole grains.

A bowl of healthy cereal and some fruit is a great choice. Save the treats for lunch or dinner.

When you head out, take some healthy snacks with you so you won’t be tempted by junk food if you get hungry.

Nuts and either dried or fresh fruit are great choices.

Try to do some cooking during the vacation.  It doesn’t have to be elaborate – keep it simple. Stop by a grocery store when you’re getting close to where you’ll stay.

Eating out is part of the celebration of being away and it’s ok to indulge, a bit.  If you splurge, keep it to one meal a day and be sensible about portion sizes.  And look for healthy choices on the menu.  Just because it’s lower in calories doesn’t mean it won’t be tasty.

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