Remember last month, you know, when we all took traveling (and so much more) for granted? Well, now we’ve got extra time on our hands, we’re determined to use it wisely, and learn how to do things BETTER once we’re released from this state of lockdown and isolation. So, continuing this quest, we turn to our health and nutrition guru, top Lebanese food consultant and medical and weight loss dietician Mira Khattar, for top tips on how to stay healthy when traveling.

We all travel. We all worry about what to eat when we travel.

Some people gain all the weight they lost before going on holiday, and others can still be aware about the quality and the quantity of their food.

For me, being on vacation means relaxing, changing environment, and getting out of the routine. While getting out of the routine, it’s hard for me to maintain a diet or a healthy way of eating. Also, it’s hard to stick to the food timings.

But I try as much as I can to follow some key points… and it’s not as hard as it seems!

What can you do?

1 – Engage in activities that involve walking -this helps in burning calories and most importantly it’s fun at the same time!

2 – Drink plenty of water and reduce the intake of other drinks like soft drinks and juices which contain lots of sugar and calories.

3 – Use sweeteners instead of white sugar for your coffees and teas. (1 teaspoon of white sugar has 20 calories v/s 1 teaspoon of sweetener has less than 1 calorie).

4 – Select a variety of vegetable salads and emphasize on mustard and lemon dressings, instead of mayonnaise and Italian dressings!

5 – Reduce the intake of junk and sweets that contain high amounts of fat, sodium, butter and sugar. Replace it by healthy dishes, like mushroom steak with baked potato, grilled chicken breast with steamed rice, tomato sauce pastas, sorbets, fruit salads, jelly, frozen yogurt ice cream. But you CAN still indulge yourself once in a while!

6 – Don’t skip any of the three main meals: breakfast, lunch or dinner. Eat the three meals in order; timing of food is also very important for weight control, not only the amount or the quality of food. Be aware not to have a very late dinner, if you had to do so, have a zero carbs dinner.

7 – Avoid adding salt to your dishes. Taste the food first. If it needs more salt you can add a little, but you have to taste it first! Salt doesn’t have calories but it retains water in the body and will increase your weight and makes you feel bloated.

8 – At breakfast, all hotels and restaurants offer a variety of diet food items. Always choose skimmed milk, white cheeses, boiled eggs, (an omelette without bread can work… but not everyday), low fat yogurt, muesli or bran flakes for cereals. If you need something sweet after your breakfast, go for a fresh fruit salad.

Controlling what you eat during your vacation doesn’t mean you can’t taste the tradition food of the country you are visiting… but do it in moderation!

And finally, for sometime in the future…. bon voyage! 😊

Follow Mira on Instagram at @eatlikemira and remember to keep up to date with her latest advice and trends here at PassionsArabia.com