Being on a vacation is the best way to escape reality, especially on an all-inclusive trip where you don't need to pull out that wallet once! All-inclusive vacations are great, but temptation lies all over. After returning home after a week of all-you-can-eat buffets, you may not be too pleased to see that the number on your scale crept up a couple of notches. According to Health, it's important to remind yourself before you leave that just because you can eat everything in sight, doesn't mean you should! We understand your diet is not going to be perfect (it's vacation you can live a little!) but here are some foods you should steer yourself away from which are high in calories and sugar and totally devoid of nutrients.
- Pancakes and waffles- the first temptation of the day! There's nothing that will gravitate you more towards the breakfast buffet than that sweet,sugary smell of pancakes and waffles. As yummy as they may be, these fluffy carb filled breakfast items won't provide you with any of the nutrients you need to fuel your morning. Unless they're whole grain (odds are they're not), you're just downing refined carbs, plus a ton of extra sugar and calories. Don't forget about the dangers of sugary syrup! A better option is to head straight for the omelet station, where you can pile your plate high with eggs and veggies.
- Ice cream- danger alert! Many all inclusive vacations like cruises always have a couple soft-serve ice cream machines lying around. Ice cream is fine now and then, but if you eat it every day you will definitely not be happy amongst your return.
- Bread basket-I don't know about you, but bread is definitely my biggest weakness when it's lying on the table. We've all heard the classic advice before, "don't fill up on bread." Dinner rolls are just refined carbohydrates which give us extra calories and not a whole lot of nutrition. Staying away from these carb packed bundles of yumminess, it's hard I know, but for the best.
- Mixed drinks- as tempting as it is to sip on a piña colada with a cute little umbrella sticking out of it, try to stay away. One 8-ounce piña colada racks up about 500 calories, and a 12-ounce daiquiri sets you back around 670. Also, at these resorts frozen drinks are often larger than 12 ounces, which is the recommended serving size. If you're going to drink, try a margarita on the rocks, wine, or a wine spritzer.