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Healthy Eating on the Road

It's the prime time of year for hitting the road in search of great vacation vistas and much needed R&R. As vital as vacations are for our mental well-being, however, many of us find ourselves compromising on nutrition when we travel.

Being away from our routines (and our own kitchens!) can throw our weight loss efforts for a loop. Eating on the road - with its limited time and restaurant choices - is often the hardest part of keeping the commitment to a healthy diet.

The good news is, however, you don't have to lose your healthy habits at the next exit. Let's look at some ways to maintain a healthy way of eating when you head out on your next trip.


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Eating Well on the Road

Travel and weight loss don’t often go well together. I’ve met a lot of people over the years who started gaining weight once their careers took off and travel became a more regular part of their job. I’ve also talked with people who were concerned about going on family vacations because they didn’t want to regain lost weight. Traveling is often associated with poor diet choices, but it doesn’t have to be that way. The following are six principles you can take with you on the road to keep weight gain at bay.

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Traveling, Eating Out and Eating Well

Structured meal plans work well for people as long as they are on a set routine. But what happens when routines are thrown off by business travel, vacations or just dinner out? Is there a way to enjoy a business meal or a dinner date without falling off your nutrition plan?

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Surviving the Holidays

We're in the middle of the holiday season. While the holiday season is about much more than food, the five-week period between Thanksgiving and New Year's is filled with more treats and sweets than people experience at any other part of the year. There is a way to manage your weight while still enjoying holiday foods.

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It's Not the Turkey That Knocks You Out on Thanksgiving

Written by Tom Nikkola - Director of Nutrition & Weight Management

As far back as I can remember, our family always went to my Godparents house for Thanksgiving. Many of the great-tasting foods were the same from year to year and the day often unfolded much the same. We'd arrive, visit, have appetizers while watching one of the football games, eat dinner, dessert and then like magic; the adult men would fall fast asleep while the women visited in the kitchen. I can still see and hear my Godfather, Bill, snoring on the chair and my Dad sound asleep on the couch. Year after year, someone would say, "It's the turkey. That tryptophan puts you right to sleep."

Is there something special about turkey that really does knock you out, especially on Thanksgiving Day? Why is it that you can have turkey on other days and there's no effect? Is there something special about a baked turkey? Or is it possible the turkey really has nothing to do with the afternoon coma many people are put in following Thanksgiving dinner?

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Dining Out: Do Your Homework

Even though people are dining out today less often than in the past, according to a recent Zagat survey, the average person still eats out 3.2 times per week (previous statistics were 3.3 times per week). While it can be easier to cook a healthy meal at home, knowing what all of the ingredients are, it's still quite possible to eat well at a restaurant as long as you do some investigating before going out. Most restaurant websites have the nutrition information for their menus. Waiting until you get there is a recipe for disaster...

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Don't Lose it at Lunch

When lunchtime comes around, do you have a plan to help you stay on track with your nutrition plan? Recent studies are showing that peoples' lunchtime habits have changed as they have become more aware of their spending. A recent study by CareerBuilder showed...

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