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Healthy Vacation Strategies

on July 24, 2012

You have made the big choice to make a stand with what to feed yourself and your kids.

Just in time for summer vacations where the routine is anything but routine.

We are mid way through summer and at this point the healthy path may seem more difficult to navigate than being in the car with wild kids.

You are heading to family visits and new places where either anxiety has gripped you or you are so overwhelmed you just decided to forget the “healthy choices” until after all the “fun”.

Either way, there is hope without too much stress or extra effort and it may save you from the consequences of the cumulation of junk food summer junkies.

For me, my ideas of what is ok has drastically transitioned over the last few years.

I emphasize transition here.

Nobody wants to feel suddenly deprived or controlled, especially on vacation.

What makes sense to me at this place in my journey may seem extreme and far-fetched to you or others.

However, what I believe we all desire are healthy kids and keeping them in that space can seem tricky when out of our normal routine.

So, here are some things I recommend to give us all a better success rate for healthy vibrant kids this summer.

Plan ahead.
This encompasses a few important details.
If you are heading out on local day trips it can be as easy as:

A. Getting input from your crew on their favorites and letting them help plan what snacks and main foods they would like.
B. Getting a few recipes to make your own snacks is ideal, but there are healthy options at many local whole foods and Mothers Market.
C. Wash and prepare your fruits and veggies the night before
Raw dips, wraps, sprouted raw trail mixes are great options to add.
D. Pack the lunches the night before with finishing touches in am.

I suggest using Planet Box, which keeps everything in Seperate compartments similar to a bento box but without all the little boxes (i always put a frozen pack in between the stainless steel and canvas holder to keep colder.)

Another great option is Pack-It, which is awesome to have on hot all day outings because it keeps the food cold and safer. You can use bento type boxes to put in the Pack-Its.

The main thing to remember is if you get into a routine of always having fresh supplies on hand and always have a cooler of supplies (even if you just throw it all into an Igloo and go), you will be way ahead of many potential problems while on your outings.

For the longer TRIPS:

Plan ahead.

This calls for similar action as the day trips.
If you are road tripping, a cooler with individual snacks / lunches are essential.
A. Get the older kids involved in choosing and preparing for the meals and snacks.
B. Every meal doesn’t need to be taken.
C. Research your course and google healthy restaurants in the area near where you will be stopping.
D. Make it a fun “healthy scavenger hunt” to find organic, raw or ONE foods on your journey.
E. Use your new finds and use as an opportunity to connect with other “conscious” people who are doing their part to make the world a healthier place.

GOING TO THE RELATIVES AND BEYOND

Plan ahead πŸ˜‰

A. Let your family know about your new healthy choices and ask what you can do to help facilitate this.
1. Buy groceries
2. Share new recipes
3. Take turns preparing meals or contribute healthy versions of food everyone will eat. (you may be surprised how surprised they are that it’s “normal” and yummy)

**Including others on your journey gives them a glimpse into Β it and may whet their appetite to take steps closer to your path**

TRIPPING:
Going to a new place is fun and challenging if you want to keep on a healthy path.
Here are a few suggestions:

Plan Ahead πŸ˜‰

A. Call and see if where you are staying has the food options you desire.
*If they don’t ask them if it’s possible to have them during your stay (doesn’t hurt to ask)
B. Google healthy restaurants in the area that you can visit.
C. Try to stay at places with at least a fridge.
D. Check the area for a whole foods or health foods store.
E. When you arrive, stock up on the healthiest foods for snacking on during the day (healthy fruits veggies, food)

**if you stay on course most of the day and make the healthiest choices available wherever you go, you will find you and your kids will still have a fun and fabulous time, without compromising anyone’s health.

I know it may seem like too much effort and it would be less hassle to throw caution to the wind, but the truth is, it does matter.

What we feed our kids this summer and how we build their immune systems will make a huge difference in their amount and severity of illness when they go back to school.

So, PLAN AHEAD and have the healthiest and best rest of your summer! πŸ˜‰

 

Blessings,

Dotty πŸ™‚

Dotty Cropped2By: Dotty Hagmier, RN, BSN, CHC

As the president and founder of Moms in Charge and also a mom of three beautiful children, Dotty’s passion is to guide families into a place that will provide them with the best possible choices to raise healthy and vibrant children.

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