Staying Healthy on Vacation (& still have fun!)
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Summer for my family always meant finding time for a nice, fun-filled family vacation to recharge our batteries and re-connect with each other. Not much has changed for me since starting a family of my own – we still try to carve out some time in the hot months in Florida for a trip or two. This year we spent a week in Blue Ridge, GA in the mountains. We just got back and I was thinking about some of the preparation I did keeping our health in mind. So, with this post I want to share 4 Healthy travel TIPS with you! 1. Keep your spine in line! My family and I all get adjusted once per week to keep our nervous systems healthy. So, before we head away for a week or more I get adjusted twice the previous week or twice the week I return. This keeps my spine healthy and it usually needs a tune up after spending some time in new cars, hotels and on the plane. 2. Vacation meals and foods. Vacation is definitely a time to indulge in foods that are not on our regular meal plan. But, that doesn’t mean we partake in “vacation foods” at every meal! If we are flying or driving any distance, we will pack our own snacks for the trip in the car or on the plane and then usually try to find a grocery store when we arrive. Some of my go-to snacks for traveling include: trail mix, hard boiled eggs, gluten-free crackers and berries – now you can find most of these in the gas stations. We generally opt for lodging that has a fridge and often a kitchen so we don’t have to eat out for every meal – this ends up saving a good chunk of money, too. Prior to our trips I spend a little extra time doing research on restaurants in the area – we are always pleased to find places that source local produce and offer proteins that come from local farms and if we find a place we love we may eat there a few times. This past trip we took our son berry picking at a local farm and indulged in some blueberry pancakes and hand pies afterward with little guilt 😊. 3. The great outdoors. Most of our trips don’t involve heading up north in the winter which means we are usually spending lots of time outside. Getting extra Vitamin D from the sun has some great health benefits including immune boosting which we need while traveling (read more here). Being outside usually means an increase in activity as well. Walking, hiking and exploring new places can keep your exercise regime on track if you are away from the gym. If you are heading further south and not used to the heat and sun exposure as you get closer to the equator make sure you pick up some healthy sunscreen. I like Babo Sunscreen Sticks since they are chemical free and pack in the suitcase nicely or Babyganics Sunscreen. 4. Stay hydrated! This is critical. Its easy to get dehydrated when you are on the road. If I’m flying I will either purchase a 1L bottle of water after I get through security or bring an empty one to fill up (a lot of airports now have the bottle filling stations – have you seen them?). And as soon as we get to our destination the first stop is at the store or gas station for a couple gallons of water! Make sure you keep your water intake to half your body weight (in oz.) or MORE while on the go. What are some of your tips to stay healthy while you travel? Message me or leave me a comment!
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