(food) How to take on the hotel breakfast buffet.... and WIN! Nutritionist Libby Limon shares her holiday health hacks

As well as having an awesome name Libby Limon is a certified Nutritional Therapist and an expert yoga teacher. When she's not advising private clients at her own clinic she's working with brands like Honestly Healthy, Frame Studios and VITL on all things food and drink.

I first met Libby at a Grey Goose event, because even though she is a glowing vision of health she does like to balance all those matcha lattes with the odd strong martini.

As a regular traveller and devotee of the Detox|Retox way of life Libby understands the struggle that is the holiday breakfast buffet for those of us who love food but don't want to fall too far from the healthy eating wagon while on holiday.

Here she shares five exclusive tips on surviving a trip with your waistline in tact...

Breakfast at Norma's in Le Parker Meridien in New York = possibly the world's toughest willpower challenge (I failed) pic: instagram/ms_tonijones

Breakfast at Norma's in Le Parker Meridien in New York = possibly the world's toughest willpower challenge (I failed)

pic: instagram/ms_tonijones

Libby says: "One of the main health pitfalls of a holiday is the breakfast buffet because an unlimited array of food stimulates our primal urge to feast, and often on the unhealthiest fat and sugar-laden treats on offer.

"It has been suggested that we can consume on average 44% more food and 60% more calories at a buffet than with a set menu. In addition we often miss out on our healthy habits from home."

 

Libby's breakfast buffet hacks to stay healthy and avoid over eating

 

1. Sit as far away from the buffet as possible. Studies of human behaviour show that the further a table is out of sight the less trips you will make back to it, and thus means less overeating overall.

2. Scan the whole buffet before making any decisions, then decide on your entire meal. Making up the plates in one go to take back to your table reduces grazing overconsumption in return trips.

Libby Limon is a certified Nutritional Therapist, as well as a devotee of the Detox|Retox way of life pic: VITL

Libby Limon is a certified Nutritional Therapist, as well as a devotee of the Detox|Retox way of life

pic: VITL

3. Pick healthy foods in abundance first. This includes lean protein such as fish, eggs, Greek yoghurt or lean meats combined with plenty of fruits and vegetables for micronutrients and fibre. This combination will make you feel physically full and help balance a sustained release of energy until lunch time. Once you have completed your healthy breakfast wait 15 minutes as this is how it takes your satiation feedback to kick. If you still wish to indulge in a holiday breakfast treat then you can, in moderation.

4. On holiday it is easy to get carried away, but we travel and eat out much more often than ever before. If every meal out is viewed as a time to indulge we can quickly end up regularly over consuming. Apply the 80/20 rule, 80% of the time stick to nourishing foods that support your body and energy levels, 20% of the time have what you want. That goes for holidays too! 

5. Breakfast is the meal that most often, due to sleeping, we encounter having gone the longest time without eating and drinking. Get your metabolism going first thing in the morning with a cup of green tea. Tea bags are easy to carry in your suitcase. Drink a large glass of water when you get up too, as this reduces overeating if drunk half an hour before eating. Also a superfood powder like VITL Greens sachet is perfect to travel with, when you can’t get your homemade green juice or smoothie.”

Greens on subscription and in easy to pack sachets: A genius health hack for those on the go pic: instagram/ms_tonijones

Greens on subscription and in easy to pack sachets: A genius health hack for those on the go

pic: instagram/ms_tonijones


DETAILS

Libby is VITL's in-house nutritionist, and the Greens sachets she recommends are available on subscription (genius!) at £17.95 for 14 sachets

Each 6g sachet is made up of 19 ingredients including alkalisingmaca, kale and spirulina, alongside flaxseed, organic wheat grass, goji berries, green tea and Seagreens ® in a protein rich, vegan friendly formula

Libby says: "Bursting with goodness, each handy sachet contains a great tasting plant-based blend of nutrient dense superfoods handpicked to deliver optimal nutrition."

vitl.com/greens

And check out Libby's delicious Instagram account at instagram.com/libbylimon