When you’re health-conscious, and a vacation is on the cards, you may be in a bit of a dilemma.
For one thing, a holiday means that all routines fly out of the hotel window. This may translate into a real break for you, but with the jet lag, it also means chaotic meal timings.
Secondly, whenever you’re at an airport, you’re surrounded by junk and packaged food that is hard to resist, especially when your flight is delayed.
And for a third, since you’re so relaxed on a holiday (or ought to be), you tend to be more indulgent when it comes to rich and heavy food.
The result, more often than not, is compromised health.
Here are some ways to indulge in a healthy holiday.
1. Avoid the fried-snacks trap. Instead, carry packs of roasted peanuts, roasted or plain almonds, chana, puffed rice and a trail mix of almonds, sunflower seeds, raisins, pistachios, hazelnuts and coconut pieces.
Tip: When especially hungry, eat a fistful of almonds. Within a time period of 15 minutes, your hunger will be subdued.
2. Avoid unnecessary sugar. Get yourself packaged coconut water or lassi instead of a cola.
3. Avoid too much of tea or coffee, because it can overstimulate the nerves and create restlessness and anxiety.
Tip: Are you addicted to tea or coffee? There’s nothing like a change in environment to break a bad habit.
4. Hydrate yourself. Always carry water with you because flights and walking tours tend to be dehydrating.
5. Buy fruit. Fresh fruit is the one thing most people tend to forget to eat while on holiday.
6. Carry ayurvedic preparations to deal with the discomfort caused by too much rich food. Triphala prevents acidity and constipation. Ginger and hing preparations sort out gas, while peppermint capsules help prevent upset tummies.
7. Carry aloe vera skin balm, petroleum jelly and sunscreen.
8. Take along anti-diarrhoea medication and over-the-counter painkillers.
Remember, holidays are meant to create memories. Make sure you have good ones.
From HT Brunch, May 1, 2016
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