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Ways to eat healthy while on vacation

A vacation is a time to unwind, to celebrate, to rejuvenate, to see new places and to try new things. But it can also make you very uneasy about eating — if, for example, you are trying to eat healthy and maintain or lose weight. Here are a few ways to stay on a healthy eating plan while on vacation and still enjoy yourself:

Resist the urge to splurge. According to a recent study, women tend to splurge when they eat out, then eat normal amounts during their other meals that day. This means they end up with an abundance of calories and fat that day.

Have it your way. When it comes to table-service restaurants, customers are asking to have it their way more and more, according to a recent National Restaurant Association report. They often want menu items prepared or dressed a different way than is listed on the menu. People also like to have a range of portion sizes to choose from, and many diners are asking to have part of their meal “doggy-bagged.”

Walking is your secret weapon. Go ahead and take that stroll after dinner, swim in that beautiful hotel pool, take your kids up on that early morning hike.

A treat a day. How do you pass up strawberry crepes with cream if you are in Paris? The answer is: You don’t. Just try to keep your treats to one a day. After that, opt for a healthy choice instead.

Hide the mini-bar key. You know that little refrigerator that comes with your hotel room that is filled with all sorts of beverages and candy? Hide the key. It can only lead to no good — physically and financially.

— Courtesy of WebMD

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