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9 Ways to Take Your Diet on Vacation

Food and travel don't have to add up to diet disaster.

Vacation Diet Tip No. 6: Be Careful With Condiments

Consider this: Half of the fat grams in Arby's Southwest Chicken Wrap or Ultimate BLT Wrap come from the ranch sauce or mayonnaise.

Some types of condiments are super-high in calories and fat, especially creamy sauces and spreads like mayonnaise. Opt for condiments that contribute less than 25 calories per serving, like catsup, marinara, mustard, or BBQ sauce.

Vacation Diet Tip No. 7: Go Fishing in Restaurants

Make it a point to enjoy seafood when you eat out. It's a great way to get your weekly dose of fish and their heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. But there is a catch -- avoid battered and fried fish dishes. Instead, look for grilled (and non-buttered) selections. If the fish dish comes with a sauce, just order it on the side.

Vacation Diet Tip No. 8: Beware of the Table Munchies

If you're famished when you sit down at the restaurant, those table munchies -- like bread, crackers, or chips -- will be looking really good. But these little bites can add hundreds and hundreds of calories, and fill you up before your meal ever arrives. So tell your server you don't want any or order a no-calorie beverage and a salad or healthy appetizer instead.

Vacation Diet Tip No. 9: Have Dessert, but Share

Part of being on vacation is enjoying life, and part of enjoying life is ordering dessert when you really want to. If your meal has left you satisfied, you can take your dessert with you and enjoy it later when you are hungry again. You can also share your dessert with one or more dining partners, either at the table or later on.

Often it's the first few bites that we most enjoy anyway. So aim for satisfying your dessert craving with a handful of bites that you take the time to savor.

Healthier Fast Food

Whether you're on the road or in the airport, it seems like just about anywhere you go, you'll find fast food. This can be a good thing; where else can you feed a family of four with a $20 bill? Plus you know what to expect from familiar fast-food chains.

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