Ever wondered how the experts enjoy food, keep fit and have fun during the holidays? It’s easier than you think…
One of the great things about summer holidays is being able to relax and let go of your usual routine (goodbye peak-hour traffic, so long school drop-offs!). But that doesn’t mean you have to abandon the healthy habits you’ve built up all year.
Our nutrition experts share their top health tips to help you feel rested and recharged into the New Year, and you'll be happy to hear it's not all soda water and carrot sticks!
Dr Tim Crowe (thinkingnutrition.com.au) is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian and nutrition research scientist.
Dr Joanna McMillan (drjoanna.com.au) is one of Australia’s best-known nutrition and healthy lifestyle experts.
Brooke Longfield is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and editor of Healthy Food Guide magazine.
Joel Feren (heartynutrition.com.au) is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and media spokesperson for the Dietitians Association of Australia.
Karissa Woolfe is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and health journalist at Healthy Food Guide magazine.
Matt O’Neill (smartshape.com.au) is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and founder of Metabolic Jumpstart.
Top holiday health tips
Skip the chips and other junk food. Parties always seem to have big bowls of chips. Even if they’re lentil chips or corn chips they’re almost always fried in the wrong oils. They’re just highly moreish salty snacks that pack in kilojoules. Dr Joanna McMillan
The summer holidays are the peak season for stone fruits, so they feature heavily in my diet. Cherries are my favourite and are a delicious way to get the recommended two daily serves of fruit. Dr Tim Crowe
Keep up your exercise over the holidays. Hit the gym, take a longer walk or run, find a yoga class, download and follow a workout app, or play golf and dance at a party! When you don’t move you feel rubbish — it's true! Dr Joanna McMillan
I like to take a break from social media and the diet culture to remind myself that I am, and we are all, enough – just as we are. Fiona Sutherland
I always have a spare pair of walking shoes, swimwear and sunscreen in the car, so I'm ready to seize the opportunity for an impromptu dip or hike. Karissa Woolfe
One of my favourite things to do is to wander the streets and get lost in a new city. Pack your sneakers and hit the pavement. You’ll not only clock up the steps, you might even uncover some hidden gems. Joel Feren
I beat the heat of a summer’s day (and the UV rays!) by taking a beach stroll with my husband at sunset, enjoying the glorious hues. Karissa Woolfe
Holidays are a time to connect with loved ones over delicious food and drinks, while having some time out on my own to do.…whatever I want! Fiona Sutherland
Summer weather is perfect for fresh salads, either eaten out or homemade. Watermelon, cucumber, feta and mint make a refreshing combination. Matt O’Neill
Take a cricket bat and ball to the beach or when you go to a backyard barbecue. It’s a great way to socialise and burn off some festive food! Brooke Longfield
Treat yourself! You’re on holidays, right? It’s not a licence to go overboard, but enjoy that gelato in Italy or the saganaki in Greece. Just don’t indulge every day. Joel Feren
I see holidays as an opportunity for more activity, not less, so I walk everywhere and get my steps up to 15,000–20,000 a day. Susie Burrell
Eat a light snack, like yoghurt or avocado on toast, before you go out. Whenever I turn up to a lunch or a party hungry, I end up overeating! Brooke Longfield
Steer clear of liquid kilojoules over the holidays (cocktails, wine, fizzy drinks). One way to slow your drinking is to sip a glass of water in between each alcoholic drink. Catherine Saxelby
I always take my food on a flight. Plane food is generally high in carbs, so I pack a couple of wraps, vegie sticks and snacks so that I always have healthy options. Susie Burrell