Spring Break is looked forward to every year by college and high school students alike. Although it is a loved holiday, it is known to be extremely unhealthy. Between the binge drinking, junk food eating and lack of sun protection, spring break can be overly dangerous to our bodies. Are there ways to keep spring break fun, but more on the healthy side? According to community health specialist and expert for Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Kathleen Tajeu, there are many ways to make our spring breaks healthy.
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During our week long vacation it is hard to reach for an apple or orange instead of that bag of Doritos that is sitting on the counter, but filling our diet with fruits and less junk food is a great way to stay healthy. Fruits are quick and easy snacks that can be great snacks by the beach or pool. Other easy snacks could include fat-free yogurt or a sandwich on wheat bread. Both options bring nutrients that we need.
With an entire week to relax, spring break is a great time to try new and healthy recipes. Gather with a group of friends and each bring a dish to the table. If you are not a cook, eating out is also a viable option. Seafood, a healthy alternative to the typical campus hamburger or chicken finger, is easy to come by in many spring break destinations. As long as you are adding variety into your diet and not sticking with the same meal every day, you are making a positive step toward healthy eating.
The most important aspect of a healthy diet is water. Too much time in the sun and in-taking a large amount of alcohol can both quickly lead to dehydration. To avoid this, drink water throughout the day. Try to substitute sodas or energy drinks with a glass of water. Another option is using flavored water packets or adding lime or lemon slices to spice up your water.
Water can also come in handy when consuming large amounts of alcohol. Spring break is often known for a week long marathon of binge drinking. If you do plan to drink, remember to add in a glass of water between every alcoholic beverage and keep your stomach full throughout your drinking. If you are with a large group of friends, make a pact to look out for one another and keep each other safe. Never operate a motor vehicle while under the influence. Unfortunately, alcohol related driving incidents occur every other minute, according to DUIlifetips.com. Don’t let a reckless decision on a spring break trip ruin your life; drink responsibly.
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