How can I be healthy on summer vacation?

Summer vacation is like all other times in your life. Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, say no to drugs, wear your seatbelt, avoid risky unprotected sex, and eat a well-balanced diet. Don't forget your sunscreen.
Summer vacations are a time for relaxation, revitalization and the freedom to do whatever you want. But while vacations may be a time to kick back and relax, don't use them as an excuse to ignore your healthful-eating efforts.

You can eat right and still enjoy your vacation:
  • Sample small amounts of high-calorie foods
  • Share large portions
  • Space meals throughout the day
  • Monitor your alcohol intake, since alcoholic beverages are high in calories and also can lead to overeating
  • Enjoy snacks from a plate rather than from the box
  • Engage in some type of physical activity most days.
If maintaining a healthy lifestyle is difficult when you vacation, don't fret. A few days won't cause any lasting harm. Just get back on track when you return.

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