Eating While You’re Away

I recently took a weekend trip to Long Beach Island in New Jersey to unwind and enjoy some solitude with my family and best friend, Adriana. Having come here for over twenty years now, I consider it my second home and can almost feel the stress and pressure being lifted off of me as soon as we cross the bridge onto the island.

One of the things that I enjoy most about being in LBI are the specialty shops and local seafood markets. Whether it’s Foster’s Farm Market, The Bagel Shack, The Chowder Hut, or Cool Beans there are many specific flavors and foods that I look forward to. Rather than going to one grocery store like I do in the city, here I take my time and hand-select different ingredients when cooking a big dinner for my family.

That being said, it can be difficult to eat healthy and not binge on everything in sight. To offset this, I personally try to gravitate towards seafood. The Beach Haven Fishery is my go-to spot for local scallops, clams, and fish. I also find it oddly satisfying to buy seafood from a local fishery knowing that it was caught hours before.

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Eating while you’re away does not have to be a hassle! The key is to find local ingredients and remain conscious of your intake. Most importantly, don’t stress and make the most with what you have.

Below are some of my favorite tips for eating healthy while away:

  1. Resist the Urge to Splurge- Eat your normal amount, don’t eat too much

  2. Have it your way- customize your meal option whether it’s gluten-free, low-carb, etc.

  3. Enjoy the scenery- eat in moderation, sample the food but don’t feast

  4. Walking is your secret weapon

  5. A treat a day-  splurge and remember to enjoy yourself, you are on vacation after all!

  6. Stay hydrated-water is your friend

  7. Take "Five a Day" on Vacation with You- make an effort to get 5 servings of fruit and veggies a day

  8. Eat when your hungry and stop when you are comfortable