STAY FIT: Eating right while on move

When you pack your bags for your summer vacation, you might want to include these tips on how to eat healthy while you travel. Plan ahead by familiarising yourself with places you might be able to eat at while you’re on the road and when you reach your destination. Look for eateries that serve fruit, soup and sandwiches. Enjoy local fresh food.

Read menus carefully and avoid foods high in fat, including items that are fried, buttery, au gratin, rich, creamy and breaded. Don’t assume a food item is healthy just because it has chicken or vegetables. If you’re at a fast food restaurant, look for healthy food choices. Be wary when choosing a salad. Some salads have more calories than a cheeseburger. Avoid salads with cheese, ham, egg and bacon; Mediterranean salads with lots of feta and pine nuts; and taco salads with cheese, refried beans, guacamole and sour cream.

When you make your vacation plans, consider renting accommodations that include some kind of kitchen facilities. That way, you’ll be able to make your own healthy meals. Watch your alcohol consumption. Avoid hard liquor and sweetened drinks, and select light beer or wine instead. Incorporate physical activity into your holiday plans. Before your leave for your vacation, hold a family meeting and discuss ways to encourage everyone to eat healthy and to be active during your holiday.