I know I’m not the only one.
I be living it up on vacation, food-wise especially. Late morning, late nights, dessert whenever, cheese galore.
I’m not even trying to count calories or track my meals on my Lose It app.
However, bc diabetes is a reality on both sides of my family and my A1C is higher than I want it to be then I can’t go too crazy.
I still have to be aware of my health goals and not forget that my blood sugar could go haywire at any moment.
o because of that, there are certain things that we can do while we are on vacay to keep ourselves (sort of) healthy(ish).
3 lazy and easy ways to stay healthy on vacation ( even when you want to live it up)
Yes, you heard me. It’s so crazy.
When I used to go on vacation my family would cram as much stuff into our vacation as we could.
At 9 am we going here and then at 11:25 we’re going here. We’d keep going and going until we get back to the hotel room ready to drop.
I finally said how about going on a vacation where you actually relax? You see those commercials of people going on vacation and getting massages and laying back in a chair on the beach reading.
That’s the kind of vacation I wanted to go on. I mean I understand if you are in Italy and you want to see the Sistine Chapel, St basilica and a million different other things but try to go on vacations where you actually kick back every now and then and just enjoy life.
Otherwise, the vacation gets to be too much like everyday life where you’re on a schedule and stressed out if the schedule isn’t met.
I mean if you’re going to live the same way on vacation as you do at home then umm what was the point?
Americans are so stressed out that sometimes they don’t even know how to relax on vacation. We always feel like we need to be doing something. And high levels of stress leads to all sorts of deadly diseases.
Jesus himself also took breaks from all the ministering that He was doing. You have to renew your mind and sometimes unclutter your mind so you can be more effective in the real world.
2) Eat badly…with caveats
I’m not going to tell you to cheat on your diet. I’m not going to give you permission to do something that may be against your conscience.
However, unless you vacations last for weeks on end (and if they do, teach me your ways), indulging some on a vacation is not the end of the world.
If you’re going to Paris and you want to eat ham and cheese croissants (and I highly suggest you do because they are so ridiculously good), have a ham and cheese croissant.
And then after you do, walk around the city or the Louvre.
In other words, get some activity. Move your body. It will help you combat some of the extra calories that you’re eating.
But what if I’m going on a beach trip…didn’t you just tell me to relax?
Yes, I definitely want you to relax on a beach trip and have fun. But did you know that playing in the pool and the ocean burns calories?
It’s relaxing to me and it burns major calories because its something that you can do for hours. Other fun and relaxing activities that burn calories would be ping pong, basketball, pool (this time with an 8 ball, and one of my favorites, shopping!
3) Take your herbs with you
For me, it’s inevitable that if I go on a trip I will get sick. Every time. So that is why anytime I go on a trip I take the following items with me:
1) Elderberries in some form: okay honestly this is the first year I’ve taken these with me bc I didn’t know about them on my last trip but now I know not to leave without them.
I not only have elderberry capsules but I also have Sambucol which has elderberry as its active ingredient.
When I was on a trip two years ago, I had a red sore throat and I hooked my immune system up with some Sambucol tablets and an elderberry capsule so I could kick this impending cold to the curb.
Ain’t nobody got time to be sick on vacation so you be sure to bring that with you if you know you tend to get sick on your trips.
I got my Sambucol from Walmart but you can also get it from Amazon and the elderberry capsules from Puritans Pride when they have their buy one get two free sales.
You know that red throat I was talking about? Well, the herb mullein is one of the best herbs you can take to help soothe your painful and irritated throat.
To make a tea you can steep 1 to 2 teaspoons of the dried leaves in a cup of boiling water for 5 to 10 minutes and drink. You can also boil the tea leaves in the water for 5-10 minutes. This creates a stronger tea with more medicinal benefits.
Where to get it: I got mine from an Amish grocery store. You can also get it from local health food stores sometimes.
I used to get it from my grandmother bc she grew it in her garden and one day I plan on doing the same so I can always have it on hand.
You can get seeds from… but if you don’t want to do it yourself Amazon has it in many forms:
the dried leaves
and in capsules form.
Click on any of the pictures to find out more about mullein and it’s benefits!
3) Peppermint or ginger tablets:
I always experience a little nausea when I go on a trip so in order to combat that I always bring something to settle my stomach.
Peppermint in some form whether it be the leaves or an essential is really good for any digestion and upset stomach issues you might have. I tend to bring the leaves bc I always have limited space.
All you have to do is boil the leaves in some water. A lot of hotel rooms have microwaves and coffee cups that you could use to boil water.
And you can use the coffee filters or paper towels to filter the tea if you are brewing loose leaf tea. Although if you’re in a hotel room it may be easier to use peppermint tea bags. If you are staying in a condo then loose-leaf works just fine.
Just To Recap…
To stay healthy(ish) on vacation my advice is to:
- Relax and have fun. Decompress from the stresses of everyday life
- Indulge in good food but get more activity through the day to burn off (some) of those extra calories.
- Bring herbal medicine with you so that you don’t get sick or have a way to treat that illness if it does come
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