With the summer holidays in full swing, (along with mountains of food temptation), remaining healthy can become something of a tough slog, or be simply placed on the back-burner for the warmer months. However, when the occasional urge to indulge kicks in (or, let’s not cut corners here – when the compulsory Pina Coladas come out!), it can be tough on those possessing even the most admirable will power. However, by implementing a few simple changes to your habits and your mindset towards your holiday health, you can genuinely walk away from your 10-day getaway with that desired post-holiday glow!
So often on our holidays we take couch potato to it’s warmer climate counterpart extreme and, aside from the 2 minutes here and there transferring our body weight between the bar, ice cream parlour and the sea (then back to our sun beds), our physical activity can decrease pretty rapidly! However inevitable this is, there are ways in which we can avoid remaining horizontal for the entire time. Something which really resonates with us at Naturally Sassy is the idea that when displayed with the opportunity to freely embrace the fresh outdoors and sunshine (especially following the pattern of unpredictable and mediocre weather patterns we are presented with in the UK!), we should use it to its’ fullest capacity. Whether it be running along the beach-front for half an hour (we won’t deny you the Baywatch-style imagery coming with that), practising yoga while the sun is rising, taking a stroll through the nearby towns, or joining in the pool activities (we all love a water aerobics sesh with the locals, let’s not lie!). So allow yourself the opportunity to really enjoy your wonderfully exotic (or maybe not but go with it..) surroundings and simply get that body moving in whichever way takes your fancy!
Now this may appear extremely obvious, however it’s undeniably integral for maintaining your healthy, sassy self when on your hols….. simply stay hydrated! Half way through your third Mojito you may feel beautifully refreshed, turning your nose up at the mere thought of a glass of H20. However this, ironically, couldn’t be further from the reality. Although alcohol is commonly associated with socialising (think beach, friends and a gorgeous horizon), the effects it can have on your hydration levels, particularly when combined with sun, sea and (sangria? Oh no, wait..), can escalate into an unwelcome amount of dehydration-related issues.. think lack of energy, toilet troubles, and dizziness. So ladies (and gents), aim to up the water intake if the cocktail bar becomes something more than an acquaintance this holiday season, as your hydration levels will certainly thank you for it!
Some may perceive healthy holiday prep as un-spontaneous and perhaps “boring”, however we can pretty confidently bank on the fact that once the novelty of holiday indulgences wear off, the appeal of preparation will increase significantly! By no means are we suggesting that you flat pack every meal and work out that will accompany you on your travels, however if you are mindful of your overall health (as all of us sassy snackers are, of course), putting together an array of no-fuss style snacks and health-boosting essentials will leave you safe in the knowledge that your hard-earned glow and abundant energy levels won’t go down the drain before the holiday is up. A good way of doing this is by perhaps stocking up on green powders by brands like Organic Burst, Synergy, Love Raw, or Aduna (to name just a few), to stir into your porridge or sift over a fruit salad (or even over your 3 scooper sorbet..). Additionally, creating your own trail mix of small collections of dried fruit and nuts is a fantastic fool-proof way of adding a brilliant source of protein into your potentially not-so-protein-filled meals, not to mention just how delicious a trail mix is by the pool side! We couldn’t possibly suggest a healthy snack sesh without including our very own Sassy Snacks though; choosing from our Brownie, Blondie, Red Velvet, and Flapjack can be a difficult one though, so stocking up is definitely a fantastic way to indulge in the flavours you love whilst away without an ounce of guilt accompanying it! Small prep like this, as well as making a tiny commitment to include fruit/veggies into at least 1-2 meals per day for example, will leave you feeling just as confident and fabulous as you were getting off the plane – perfect!
Some of us hard working folk simply don’t understand the meaning of chilling out; This can be a good thing, however ultimately it does us no favours in the long run because we end up burning out and having to take more time away than we would do if we initially gave ourselves a break from time to time. While you’re on hols, use it as a platform for being slightly selfish (there’s no good way to word that..), allow yourself some real ‘you’ time, whether that be reading a book you’ve been meaning to finish for months, going for an early morning beach-front stroll, or simply soaking up the sun with your headphones in for an hour. You would be surprised at just how beneficial this can be for our overall health; we spend our whirlwind lives building up stress, whether it be financial, social, or relationship orientated, and don’t always allow ourselves to ‘just be’. We therefore give you full permission to simply relax this holiday season, so yes, in a nut shell.. chill out and don’t you dare apologise for it!
COMPROMISE (BUT CONVINCE YOURSELF YOU’RE NOT!)
What’s the point in life if you can’t indulge in the things you love occasionally? It seems silly but there really is no point, right? However, too much of a good thing can sometimes not be so good.. Imagine, too many pizzas, too many ice creams, or even too much working out can certainly take its’ toll, and in turn, suck the fun away from some of our favourite guilty pleasures. Because of this, we have concluded that the key to holiday health and an equal amount of holiday happiness, is to compromise. If it’s pizza night, instead of going cold turkey (so to speak), ask for yours with a side salad or with no cheese but loads of veggies (yum!!), or perhaps if every family member is grabbing an ice cream, don’t feel you must miss out, opt for the fruit based sorbets instead – they’re equally as yum but with a whole lot less calories! Coming to a compromise can be extremely self-satisfying as there’s nothing to provoke feelings of social isolation, or self-deprivation, but rather the opposite – a trip filled with happiness and health!
So, remaining healthy on our holidays really can be super easy, efficient and honestly, pretty liberating. It’s always extremely satisfying to achieve the best of both worlds: a trip full of perfect indulgences, but without any looming repercussions. However, use this as a platform of guidance as opposed to advice, because as long as some points are implemented, you will be sure to enjoy a holiday filled with happiness, health and ultimate sass!