Travel can be a real smorgasbord, but vacationers can make better choices when they are bellying up to the buffet. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.
The high-calorie conga line of dining out can be the bane of vacation existence, whether travelers are grazing the endless choices on a cruise, at a hotel or resort.
Since calorie-counting is not exactly one of the top activities on a holiday hot list, I went to speak with Patricia Murphy, a nutritionist at the Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Mass., a popular destination spa, for advice on the best way to navigate a buffet.
"Those are always a challenge because everybody loves a buffet, loves trying every single thing," Murphy says. "Fill up that plate with the lighter choices. Look for the salads, look for the vegetables, be cognizant of some of the servings. Ask for a small portion of the higher fat items."
Canyon Ranch hasn't met a bean sprout it doesn't like, but its focus on nutrition is the exception to real-world vacations. At most places, where the calories do not police themselves, diners can follow other tips to make sure their meals are not weighed down by heavy foods.
"Have a small snack before you go, so you're not going into that meeting or event starving. Because if you're that hungry, you're always going to overeat," Murphy says.
Any tactic that help travelers best the battle with willpower is a good thing.
"I love to eat, a lot of people do. I love good wine, I love the breadbasket," says Jennifer Edwards, a guest at Canyon Ranch. "It's so hard to stay away from that."
Lastly, remember the golden rule.
"Once your stomach gets full it takes almost 20 minutes for your brain to get the message to say stop I'm full," Murphy says.