All-inclusive resorts are great because you don’t have to think too hard about where you’re going to go to eat or what you’re going to prepare for yourself. That’s part of the vacation relaxation allure… you can just roll off the beach or get up from your recliner by the pool and grab a bite whenever you feel hungry. Or, order some food and not even have to get up. However, with huge spreads of food available at all hours of the day and in unlimited proportions, it can be easy to get carried away. Here are some tips to keep in mind if you don’t want to go home with extra luggage in your midsection.
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Load up on greens
All-inclusive resorts usually have epic salad bars, so it’s easy to fill up on fresh vegetables. Focus on filling your plate with greens and fresh veggies before anything else and you’re way ahead of the game.
Make your own dressing
The salad bars often include a wide array of dressing options, including heavy, creamy ones that are packed full of unknown ingredients and preservatives. Fortunately, the spread usually also includes olive oil and vinegars so you can make your own dressing, which is a better option because you can skip those unknowns and keep the dressing as light as you want. Opt for a drizzle of oil with a few dashes of vinegar.
Stick to lean protein and veggies
Lean proteins like chicken and fish are great choices… bonus if you’re staying somewhere that has beautiful local seafood! Round out your plate with some roasted or grilled veggies to keep it healthy and enjoy heavier pastas and fried foods in moderation.
Beware of oil
Think those green beans look healthy enough? Look closer. A lot of pre-made side dishes are often swimming in oil, so be wary of that when making your choices.
When in doubt, ask
Not sure if a dish is healthy or not? There’s nothing wrong with asking the staff about the ingredients before piling something onto your plate.
Resist the urge to go for seconds
A good rule of thumb to figure out if you’re still actually hungry is to wait about 20 minutes after you finish your first plate before going for seconds. More veggies is never a bad thing, but waiting before you go up to the buffet a second time lets your body determine whether you really need those additional calories or if you’re just eating with your eyes.
Limit your slushy/fruity beverages
Those tropical cocktails sure look delicious, but they pack a ton of extra calories. Don’t deprive yourself! There’s nothing wrong with having one or two, but drinking them all day will add up and probably give you a wicked hangover, too!
You’re hanging out in the sun all day and likely consuming more alcohol than normal, which can lead to dehydration. That’s a recipe for disaster in more ways than one when you consider that thirst can sometimes be mistaken for hunger. Keep your water bottle full and keep sipping throughout the day.
With these easy tips in mind, you can avoid feeling sluggish and regretful after your vacation. In fact, you might just feel refreshed and ready for anything!
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