This article is not for everybody. If you want to absolutely cut loose on your holiday and abandon your normal healthy eating habits and let the hair down, (which is perfectly fine!) then stop reading now. Enjoy your holiday and rejoin the good food revolution when you get back.
On the other hand, if you are like me, and get excited about the prospect about eating fresh foods in a new environment, and will enjoy your holiday more by eating fresh and avoiding energy sapping, muscle destroying, trash foods, then keep on readin’!
Being on holiday presents a unique challenge in that you are away from your regular routines and rituals that keep you on the straight and narrow when it comes to nutrition. Of course, holidays are a time for relaxation, and for loosening the grip on the reins for a while, but with a few simple strategies, you can maintain the progress you have made in your training, as well as sampling the local delicacies wherever your holiday may be.
Research the restaurants in the locality
Talk to the local people and check out TripAdvisor.com for review on just about every restaurant in the world. You should be able to see the menu, and read about the experiences of past customers. This is a great way to avoid walking into a grease-pot that will leave you disappointed and hungry.
Eat the local cuisine, especially if you are by the sea.
If you are on a seaside holiday, then fresh fish and sea fare is guaranteed to be within touching distance of wherever you are. Finding a place that serves fish straight from the sea, or local meats and vegetables, will be an absolute delight, and may even expand your culinary horizons for when you return home.
Do a bit of training before your blow out night!
We all have at least one big blow out on holiday where pastries, starters, mains, deserts, and coffees are washed down with the finest local beers or wines. It’s a great idea to have this after an active day of hiking or surfing, or even a run and some bodyweight calisthenics. Your night out will be even more rewarding, minus the feeling of waking up a couple of stone overweight.
Have a brilliant breakfast
If there is one meal worth investing some thought and money in, its breakfast. Stock up on the good stuff at the hotel, and/or hit the local bakery or grocery stores if the hotel brekkie isn’t up to scratch. Getting the day off to a good start with breakfast is essential whether you are at home or abroad.
Not so much about nutrition, but you wont need to worry about keeping fit if you are over exposed to the sun. Remember, your Irish, you will burn like a peach, and sunburn is not fun.
This Article is By Ainle Ó Cairealláin Msc CSCS
Ainle is Owner of ACLAÍ Health and Performance, and strength and conditioning coach for the Cork Senior Football team. In the past he has worked with Adelaide Crows Football Club in Australia, lectured in the University of Limerick PE and Sports Science Department, has contributed to the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, and also works as a tutor with Strength and Conditioning Institute, Setanta College.
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