Following up with my eating healthy at Disney post is a second one . . . eating healthy in Las Vegas.  Health and Las Vegas seem a bit opposite, don’t they?  Well, they don’t have to be!Las Vegas

Every year, we take an annual “grown-up” trip to Las Vegas with friends.  A week of absolutely no responsibility.  However, I’ve learned that if I want to enjoy the whole week I do have to be careful about taking care of myself – lots of walking (we averaged over 20,000 steps a day!) and eating the best that I can while still enjoying a bit of decadence.

My top tips for eating healthy in Las Vegas:

1.  Start with a decent breakfast.  There are several reasons for this – first, if you eat well early in the day you will set yourself up for making better choices AND it’s always an easy time to find fairly good food.  When in Las Vegas, I typically have one of two breakfasts.  The first is simple oatmeal with fruit and coffee.  Easy, inexpensive, full of fiber, and very filling.  The second would be a buffet.  (Wait a minute – I thought we were talking healthy).  Hear me out.  A breakfast buffet is a terrific way to get a lot of veggies into your diet – which can be hard to find while traveling.  I always get a veggie omelet loaded up with extra spinach and very light on the cheese.  Add a side of fruit and you are good to go!

2.  Don’t feel that you have to have a big meal 3x a day.  If we eat a big breakfast buffet, we will often have an early “Happy Hour” type dinner with tasty appetizers instead of a big dinner.  Or if we eat a lighter, earlier breakfast we’ll have a big late lunch and then snack on something light later in the evening or split a meal.

3.  Always, always, always add veggies.  It’s almost a joke among my friends.  If they aren’t going to eat their veggies, they know I will.  Order wings?  Give Pam your side of veggies.  Tomatoes on your burger?  I’ll eat them.   My goal when traveling is to have veggies with every meal – or if I can’t get veggies, then at least fruit.

4.   Drink lots of water.  Guess what? It is SUPER hot in Las Vegas in the summer.  And I’m not one to pass on a good Bloody Mary.  Knowing those facts, I make it a point to drink water with every meal and have a bottle or glass of water between every drink.  Keeps me full, hydrated, and headache-free.

5.  It’s okay to order weird things.  If I’m not in the mood for a big dinner, I don’t order it.  I’ve been known to order a side of brown rice, a side of sauteed spinach, and hot water with lemon before.  Those around me know me well enough to not be surprised at my weird dinner choices and those that don’t . . . I really don’t care.  I know what my body needs and if I feed it well I will feel great after I eat and have the energy to keep going instead of feeling bloated and icky.

How do you handle eating in typical vacation spots like Disney World and Las Vegas?  Do you even try?  Or just give in and feel like crap afterward?  Share your tips and thoughts in the comments!

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