I am away on a lovely ski vacation with my family. Today is particularly cold and windy, so this mama opted not to hit the slopes. As I sat by fire, I was brainstorming ideas for a new blog. And then it hit me…here you go my friends…
6 Tips for Staying Healthy on Vacation
Vacation is a time to unwind, celebrate and rejuvenate. However, it can make some people a bit uneasy because traveling usually means you are off your normal routine. Just because you are going away on vacation doesn’t mean your healthy habits stay at home. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for having a blast and living it up on vacation. Just not to the point where I feel like yucky, bloated and sluggish. I’ve been there, done that and it’s no fun.
Here are a few tips to help you have a fun and fantastic vacation…
Water is your friend! It keeps all systems going. Stay hydrated during and after your vacation. We all know the importance of staying hydrated. Especially is your trip includes air travel. Dehydration is the cause of so many issues, constipation, low energy, headaches, sluggish metabolism, irritability, cravings, sleep troubles, fatigue, muscle cramps. Do you want any of these popping up while you are on vacation? I know I don’t! So, drink lots of water friends.
Plan ahead. Dining out while traveling can be a potentially stressful situation, but it doesn’t have to be with a little bit of planning. If you are like me, and have some food restrictions, it is becoming less of a challenge these days with the growing number of customers with special needs. Here a few things I do when dining out on vacation:
- Call ahead. Ask questions about the menu and making modifications.
- Check online. So many restaurants have their menus online these days.
- Order creatively. Tweaking the menu is often easiest. Adding some more veggies or a salad is a good option. Also, just ordering multiple sides can make for a satisfying meal.
Whether you have food restrictions or not, there is no reason why you can’t order healthy meals. Make better menu choices. I would also like to mention, that if you want that “not so good for you” meal, go for it and do so without guilt. Without judgement. Enjoy the hell out it and please don’t shame yourself for it the next day.
Non-negotiables. What are they? Stick to those (as best you can.) Do you like to exercise? Bring your gear. Do you like to journal? Bring your journal. Think about what makes you feel your best in your normal life, and bring that with you.
Snack smarter. Packing health snacks to have on hand help you avoid loading up on processed foods. Nuts are one of my faves and a great option.
Take your vitamins. If taking vitamins and supplements is part of your daily routine don’t forget to pack them. Traveling can add stress on your body which in turn can wreak havoc on your immune system.
Pack your essential oils. Use them and breathe ‘em in. I also don’t leave home without my essential oils and travel diffuser. Both of which not only support my immune system and digestion, but my overall wellbeing.
What are some of your favorite healthy travel tips?