If your little ones are imminently breaking up for the summer, and the thought of this is just ever so slightly causing you to rock and back forth and stare longingly at the gin (at 9am), then read on for my Summer Holiday Survival Guide.
Sadly, I cannot promise to eradicate back-of-the-car squabbling, lengthy queues at theme parks, or incessant demands for ice cream, but I can offer some help in keeping your health and wellbeing on track. It's a lot easier to stay on top of your healthy eating when you're in a routine, but this can easily go out the window during the holidays when all the structure has gone AWOL.
Just follow these top sanity-saving tips in my Summer Holiday Survival Guide and you'll be all set for a happy and healthy summer break:
If your usual food shopping routine is going to be disrupted as a result of the kids being around more, then having a bit of forethought on your meals for the week and doing the shopping online will save you time and a big, fat headache. If you're working and sending your kids to holiday clubs, then you'll need to plan in their packed lunches and make sure you've got a good stash of easy to pack foods in stock. Some good pre-bought low-sugar snack options include:
The summer holidays can often mean heading out for long day trips to zoos, amusement parks and seasides. The British holiday destination is not known for its array of healthy eateries. Head to any typical seaside town or theme park and you'll usually be spoilt for choice when it comes to deep-fried fish and processed meats, bloating buns and burgers, porky pies and pasties and sugar-laden sticks of rock. Don't get me wrong, I'm not suggesting you deny yourself or your kids the odd treat but if you're looking to stay healthy over the holidays, these are not the places to be frequenting for your main meals! Be sure to pack a cool bag filled with foods such as:
Thinking up endless exciting things to keep your little darlings entertained for weeks and schlepping them round all your local area has to offer can be draining. Make sure you plan some time for yourself during the holidays. If your other half has some time off work, perhaps you could sneak a day or a half day to yourself doing something that brings you joy. Try and wind down in the evening - use the lighter nights to go for a walk, jog or cycle, have drinks with friends, or just relax in a nice bath filled with Epsom salts. Scheduling some me-time is vital for your sanity. Do not ignore this tip!!!
If you're lucky enough to be headed for some guaranteed sun this summer, stick to these nutrition tips to avoid putting on a stone on holiday!
Whether you're at home or abroad, a nice, chilled glass of wine with your dinner can be a lovely, relaxing reward at the end of a long day. Even if you've just been lounging by a pool, kick back and enjoy some of the local wines on offer! You're on holiday after all!