Do you know that feeling when you arrive back home from your Summer Holiday with just a little more excess baggage than you left with? (all on your body!)
With just a little advance planning, you can Eat, Drink and Stay Slim this summer!
Here are a few tips to consider:
1). Make your plans for the day over a healthy breakfast. Consider when and where you’re likely to eat. If you intend to enjoy a long, leisurely lunch, then aim to have a smaller dinner. Make it a light lunch if you’re going to try the ‘all-you-can-eat’ buffet or go to a gourmet restaurant for dinner.
2). Say ‘no thank you’ to the bread that often comes at the start of a meal. However, if it is so good you can’t resist, make sure you do not add butter or oil.
3). Avoid dishes that come in rich, creamy sauces, contain pastry or may contain a lot of oil. Anything that’s described on the menu as being pan-fried, deep-fried, sautéed, flambéed or roasted will have been cooked with oil. (Shame!)
4). The hidden calories in salads! It may seem like you have chosen the healthiest option on the menu, but they may be drowning your salad in dressing. Ask the waiter to serve you the dressing on the side. Or ask for some olive oil and lemon juice or balsamic vinegar and dress the salad yourself.
5). Choose desserts very carefully – fresh fruit salad, sorbets and meringue-based puddings are good choices. Leave out the extra serving of cream or ice cream.
6). Holidays bring temptations, we know, but you do not have to sample every item on offer, eat everything on your plate or order all three courses!
If you choose to have a starter, then leave out the dessert. Simply vary your combinations every day so you don’t feel you’re missing out. If you’re on an all-inclusive holiday, remember that just means everything is paid for. It doesn’t mean you have to pile as much food onto your plate as you can! (Sorry!)
7). For picnics and days out, why not put together your own special hamper using local fresh foods. Stock up on fresh fruit, tomatoes, bread a little cheese and ham for a balanced meal that won’t break the calorie bank, unless you add one of the following, of course…
Calories in Cocktails & Wines
Cocktails – Calories
Bloody Mary – 90
Beachcomber – 115
Cuba Libra – 135
Seabreeze – 140
Margarita – 145
Tequila Sunrise – 165
Hurricane – 175
Mai Tai – 225
Banana Daiquiri – 275
Long Island Iced Tea – 280
Pina Colada – 325
Wines – 1 serving 150ml – White
Chenin Blanc – 118
Sauvignon Blanc – 120
Pinot Grigio – 122
Chardonnay – 123
Wines – 1 serving 150ml – Red
Merlot – 122
Cabernet Sauvignon – 123
Claret – 123