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8 Tips for Maintaining Healthy Eating Habits on Your Beach Vacation

Updated: Feb 17

There's nothing quite like the blissful feeling of sand between your toes, the sound of waves crashing, and the warmth of the sun kissing your skin during a beach vacation!


While it's tempting to let go of all your worries, including your healthy eating habits, it's important to strike a balance between indulgence and wellness.


Here are some practical tips to help you stay on track with your health goals while enjoying the sun, sea, and sand.


Beach vacation

Plan Ahead

Before you embark on your beach vacation, take some time to plan your meals. If you're staying in a rental property, consider grocery shopping for fresh fruits, vegetables, and other nutritious snacks. Having healthy options readily available will make it easier to resist the temptation of less nutritious choices.


Stay Hydrated

The sun and salty sea air can lead to dehydration. Make it a priority to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Carry a reusable water bottle and refill it regularly to ensure you stay hydrated. If you want to add some flavor, infuse your water with slices of lemon, cucumber, or mint.


Opt for Fresh, Local Produce

local fruit on vacation

Explore the local markets to discover fresh, seasonal produce. Enjoying locally sourced fruits and vegetables not only supports the community but also provides you with nutrient-rich options. Experiment with new flavors and incorporate them into your meals.



Balanced Beach Snacks

Snacking is an inevitable part of any vacation, but that doesn't mean you have to compromise your health. Pack a cooler with healthy snacks like cut-up veggies, hummus, Greek yogurt, and nuts. These options are not only delicious but also provide essential nutrients to keep you energized.


Mindful Eating

While indulging in beachside dining, practice mindful eating. Savour each bite, pay attention to your body's hunger and fullness cues, and avoid overeating. Choose grilled or steamed options over fried ones and opt for lean protein sources like fish or chicken.


Stay Active

Family Snorkelling

Maintaining an active lifestyle is key to a healthy vacation. Take advantage of the beach environment by going for a morning walk or run along the shore. Engage in water sports like paddleboarding or snorkelling. Staying active not only burns calories but also enhances your overall well-being.


Limit Alcohol Intake

Alcoholic beverages are often a part of vacation indulgence, but they can contribute to excess calorie intake. Opt for lighter options like spritzers or enjoy an occasional cocktail in moderation. Alternate alcoholic drinks with water to stay hydrated.


Treat Yourself in Moderation

Vacations are a time to relax and enjoy yourself, so it's okay to indulge in your favorite treats occasionally. However, moderation is key. Share desserts with your travel companions or choose smaller portions to satisfy your cravings without overdoing it.



A beach vacation doesn't have to derail your healthy eating habits. By planning ahead, making mindful choices, and staying active, you can enjoy the pleasures of your getaway while prioritizing your well-being.


Remember, it's about finding a balance that allows you to savour the moment without compromising your health goals. Cheers to a sun-soaked, nutritious, and rejuvenating beach vacation!


(PS Let me know in the comments what you're planning to try while on your vacation!)



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Hi, I'm Michelle!

Michelle Walker Health and Nutrition Coach

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