For Orange County Public School students, spring break starts tomorrow! With it often comes family fun, from vacations to local activities, which can sometimes result in making some not so healthy choices.
Worry not, the break doesn’t have to be all about junk food and rest. An active break can promote fitness and healthier eating for the whole family.
Here are some of our favorite tips to keep you and your family healthy during the break:
- Maintain your healthy lifestyle rules, but be flexible. Watch portion sizes, but truly enjoy the food. Exercise to offset additional calories.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Dehydration can aggravate altitude sickness, motion sickness and jet lag. It can also cause headaches, dizziness and tiredness. Drink plenty of water, especially in warm weather or when you’re physically active.
- Wash hands frequently.
- Plan activities such as hiking, scuba diving or snorkeling, skiing, surfing or a walking tour.
- Sample the local cuisine. Foods made from fresh ingredients help you experience the local culture — and stay on your health regimen.
- Fill small, zip-top bags with raisins, dry cereal, carrots, pretzels, nuts or granola bars for between-meal munching. If you have healthy alternatives, you won’t be tempted to buy sugar- and calorie-laden snacks
- Consider sharing large entrées with someone else in the family. You’ll be able to sample more variety of foods without overeating.
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