Thursday, May 30, 2013
AU REVOIR.......BON VOYAGEWhy am I writing in French? I'm going to New York!
Tick-tock; the time is nigh… in just over 48 hours, I will be temporarily dwelling in one of the fashion capitals of the world - New York! My excitement is beyond words. The people I've told have immediately responded with some pun or suggestion about shopping, which is understandable; I do proclaim to be a self-confessed ‘shopaholic’ and fashion enthusiast. The truth is, I've vetoed the idea of spending my time in clothes shops and outlets, and instead I will be making the most of the city’s sites and the excursions on offer.
If any of you have been before and would like to offer any recommendations about where to go and where to eat, they would be gratefully received. It’s been a long time since I was last in the Big Apple.
|Tee River Island|
Leather-look jeans Oasis
Tee River Island
Sandals Steve Madden for New Look
When people go away on a city-break or holiday, some go with the intention, expectation and acceptance of gaining a few (or more) pounds (lbs), however others want to make a conscious effort not to put on any weight at all. If you are among the latter, and you’re off on your travels this summer, why not skim over some of my top tips for managing your weight whilst away:
Salads are a popular choice when we’re in sunny, warmer climates. They are refreshing, light, healthy and seemingly low calorie, but beware of the salad dressings which can be a calorie trap. Ask for creamy/sugary dressings to be put on the side so that you can be in control of how much you consume. Balsamic vinegar and a squeeze of fresh lemon are low calorie/fat alternatives.
I’m not a party-pooper, so there’s no way I would tell you to avoid alcohol, I would just suggest that you moderate your intake and use strategies that can help reduce your overall calorie intake, such as having mixers with diet drinks (e.g. gin and slimline tonic, wine spritzer), opting for single measures instead of double and drinking water in between drinks. I did a whole post on reducing calories from alcohol at Christmas- check it out here.
Without naming any obvious brands, they are convenient and “tasty”, but LADEN with fat and calories. Eat fast food and take-aways as a treat, rather than every day whilst you are away.
All that sightseeing, sun, sea and sand can of course leave you feeling parched, but be mindful of the calorie content of an average can of regular soda -140 calories! Considering how many times we need a drink throughout the day, opting for water or diet drinks would be a better choice.
Sampling the delicious cuisine is a ‘must’ when you are in a foreign country, but eating unnecessarily large portions isn't. You can still get a taste for the yummy food on offer, without going overboard with the quantity. Practice portion control techniques to offset some of the calories such as using smaller plates or sharing meals, sides or desserts with whoever is accompanying you. In addition, don’t be afraid to ask for smaller portions, or leave food on the plate if it is far too much.
Try to have a breakfast every day, this will usually prevent you picking at all the wrong unhealthy foods throughout the morning, and it will also give you the energy you need to tackle your day of fun and adventure.
We all love to indulge in snacks whilst we are away - think ice cream, donuts, chocolates, milkshakes.... now think calories, calories, calories. Try to limit your intake of high calorie snacks when you are out on your day trips, and perhaps plan ahead and take your own snack such as fruit, nuts, oatcakes and even a few squares of dark chocolate.
I’m not suggesting you locate the nearest gym on arrival, I certainly don’t, but why not incorporate some holiday activities and excursions that really burn some calories - walking, cycling, swimming, rock climbing etc.- rather than just relaxing on a beach all day, although that does sound tempting!
Do you have any other tips?
Happy travels for anyone else going away and I will look forward to catching up with all your blog posts on my return!
labelsCity Break, FASHION AND STYLE, New Look, New York, NUTRITION AND HEALTH, Oasis, Steve Madden, weight loss, weight loss whilst on holiday, zara
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