The Costco Connection
Costco has many warehouse locations at
popular vacation spots for stocking up on
healthful foods and supplies. Costco members will find sanitizers and wipes at Costco,
and can get a flu shot at Costco pharmacies.
By Beverly Burmeier
WHEN HEADING OUT on that great vacation this summer, make sure to pack sunscreen, a swimsuit, a paperback and those
other essentials. But there’s something else
you should consider taking along for a truly
healthy getaway: savvy strategies to keep
weight creep under control.
A University of Georgia College of Family
and Consumer Sciences study found that
adults gained an average of nearly 1 pound
during a one- to three-week vacation. That
may not sound like much, but it’s a substantial
gain in a short period. “The study supports
the notion of ‘creeping obesity,’ the common
pattern of adults gaining small amounts of
weight over time,” says Jamie Cooper, associate professor at University of Georgia.
Changes in season, temperature or sur-
roundings may play havoc with healthy rou-
tines, but ultimately calories count. Increased
caloric intake, especially from alcohol, was a
factor for study participants, notes Cooper, a
Consider these calorie-conscious tips to
manage weight creep when traveling.
Karen Brewton of Houston Methodist
Wellness Services suggests pretending that
each calorie is equal to one penny. Take your
ideal weight and add a zero, and that amount
is your calorie allotment for the day. For example, if you weigh (or want to weigh) 120
pounds, you have 1,200 calories to spend per
day to reach and maintain your ideal weight.
You earn an extra 100 calories for every 15
minutes of exercise.
Calories count Choose calories With your budget in mind, decide what foods you really want to spend your allot- ment on. Go to a grocery store on arrival and stock up on yogurt, granola and skim milk instead of indulging in the buffet breakfast. Burn calories
Hit the pool for lap swimming.
Sightsee on foot. Walk while shopping,
and carry your bags.
Bribe yourself: Allow an extra $10 for
souvenirs for each day you’ve exercised at
least 30 minutes.
Think small: If you start out overindulging, your eyes and stomach become accustomed to super-size meals, which makes
scaling down later more difficult.
Drink water with meals, skipping calorie-laden sodas, lattes and alcoholic beverages.
Fill your plate with fruits and vegetables
at buffets, adding just a taste of lean meat or
Avoid menu items that are fried, buttered,
au gratin, creamy, breaded.
Split generous restaurant portions to save
money as well as calories.
Share that irresistible hot fudge sundae
with a friend.
Treat yourself in ways that don’t involve
food or drink: Indulge in a hot rock massage
or a snorkeling excursion.
Pamper your body and spirit, so you’ll
return home with memories to savor rather
than pounds to shed. C
Beverly Burmeier writes about health for
many national magazines.
Avoiding travel bugs
THERE ARE STEPS you can take to
help reduce the risks associated
with germs. Here are some tips that
can help keep you safe and healthy.
Vaccinate. According to the
Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, the best way to protect
against getting the flu is to be vaccinated for it each year.
Use sanitizers. Sanitizers
can eliminate 99 percent of the flu
and cold germs that they come in
contact with. Be sure to have hand
sanitizers and wipes handy, and
use them often. Keep them with
you when you travel, so they can
be used to wipe down things like
the airplane armrest, tray table and
vent knobs. Use them on such
things as telephones, computer key-
boards, doorknobs, vending machine
buttons and other areas that a lot of
people come in contact with.
Keep clean. Wash your
hands frequently, and avoid
touching your eyes and mouth and
so on when your hands are not
clean. Many people will touch a
contaminated surface and then
touch their eyes or mouth, transferring harmful germs.
Be aware. Among the most
common places that germs lurk are
water fountains, community candy
dishes, salt and pepper shakers at
restaurants, restaurant menus, ATM
buttons, handrails and elevator but-
tons. If you can avoid these things,
do. If you can’t, then refer to the tips
above to help avoid germs. C