SIMPLE TIPS TO STAY IN SHAPE ON HOLIDAYS
Ever wondered how the experts enjoy food, keep fit and have fun during the holidays? It’s easier than you think…
Nutrition experts reveal how they do it
One of the great things about summer holidays is being able to relax and let go of your usual routine (goodbye peak-hour traffic, so long school drop-offs!). But that doesn’t mean you have to abandon the healthy habits you’ve built up all year.
our nutrition experts share their top health tips to help you feel rested and recharged into the New year, and you'll be happy to hear it's not all soda water and carrot sticks!
Skip the chips and other junk food. Parties always seem to have big bowls of chips. Even if they’re lentil chips or corn chips they’re almost always fried in the wrong oils. They’re just highly moreish salty snacks that pack in kilojoules. Dr Joanna McMillan The summer holidays are the peak season for stone fruits, so they feature heavily in my diet. Cherries are my favourite and are a delicious way to get the recommended two daily serves of fruit. Dr Tim Crowe Keep up your exercise over the holidays. Hit the gym, take a longer walk or run, find a yoga class, download and follow a workout app, or play golf and dance at a party! When you don’t move you feel rubbish — it's true! Dr Joanna McMillan I always have a spare pair of walking shoes, swimwear and sunscreen in the car, so I'm ready to seize the opportunity for an impromptu dip or hike. Karissa Woolfe I like to take a break from social media and the diet culture to remind myself that I am, and we are all, enough – just as we are. Fiona Sutherland
I beat the heat of a summer’s day (and the UV rays!) by taking a beach stroll with my husband at sunset, enjoying the glorious hues. Karissa Woolfe One of my favourite things to do is to wander the streets and get lost in a new city. Pack your sneakers and hit the pavement. You’ll not only clock up the steps, you might even uncover some hidden gems. Joel Feren Summer weather is perfect for fresh salads, either eaten out or homemade. Watermelon, cucumber, feta and mint make a refreshing combination. Matt O’Neill 9 Holidays are a time to connect with loved ones over delicious food and drinks, while having some time out on my own to do … whatever I want! Fiona Sutherland Take a cricket bat and ball to the beach or when you go to a backyard barbecue. It’s a great way to socialise and burn o some festive food! Brooke Longfield
Treat yourself! You’re on holidays, right? It’s not a licence to go overboard, but enjoy that gelato in Italy or the saganaki in Greece. Just don’t indulge every day. Joel Feren I see holidays as an opportunity for more activity, not less, so I walk everywhere and get my steps up to 15,000–20,000 a day. Susie Burrell Eat a light snack, like yoghurt or avocado on toast, before you go out. Whenever I turn up to a lunch or a party hungry, I end up overeating! Brooke Longfield Steer clear of liquid kilojoules over the holidays (cocktails, wine, fizzy drinks). One way to slow your drinking is to sip a glass of water in between each alcoholic drink. Catherine Saxelby I always take my food on a flight. Plane food is generally high in carbs, so I pack a couple of wraps, vegie sticks and snacks so that I always have healthy options. Susie Burrell