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Essential Tips for Following a Healthy Eating Regimen While on Vacation

Sticking to a healthy eating regimen doesn’t have to be a chore while on vacation. You’ve worked so hard to shed those pesky pounds, and the last thing you want to do is gain them back while traveling. Implementing a healthy eating plan and fitting in some exercise will keep your weight loss goals in check.

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You’ll find an assortment of delicacies and temptations surrounding you throughout your trip, starting with the airport terminal. fruits and vegScents of popcorn, hot dogs, french fries and burgers will be within reach, but this isn’t the way you want to begin your trip. Walk around until you find something healthy and nutritious. Not only are you getting exercise, but you can weigh your options accordingly. Eating a full meal prior to your departure will help to fight off the urge to indulge in these temptations. Also, make sure to bring an assortment of healthy snacks with you for when you do get a little bit hungry. Items such as dried fruits, vegetables, and nuts are a great choice.

Plan Ahead

Most travelers rely on convenience foods and restaurants when going on vacation, but you can still follow a healthy diet with a little research and planning. If you intend to stay at a hotel or bed-and-breakfast, scope out a place ahead of time to see which one offers the most nutritious options. Free breakfast buffets can save the average traveler money, but you won’t benefit from the meal if all they offer is coffee, pastries and bagels. A breakfast that includes lean protein, fruits and whole-grains can leave you feeling full and satisfied longer. You can also book a room with a microwave, refrigerator and kitchenette, so you can keep healthy options in your room. You may find the goody bar to be tempting, but it won’t hold much nutritional value in the options that it offers. Often times it is difficult to find the hotel and restaurants that can accommodate to your healthy needs. I have found that a little research goes a long way in this regard. On my most recent vacation, I found a great site that listed reviews for Las Vegas hotels regarding not only their amenities and services, but also the restaurants in the surrounding area. This made it extremely easy to remain healthy both within and outside of the hotel on my vacation!

Restaurants and Eateries

Restaurants are an important part of vacationing, so you will need to know how to dine wisely. The Internet and cell-phone applications are a great resource when it comes to choosing where you want to eat. You can look up the nutritional information ahead of time such as calories, fat and sodium to ensure that you’re staying within reason. A restaurant that focuses on fresh ingredients will be your best option, and you’ll have an assortment of items to select from that includes fish, salads and vegetables. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for special dietary requests for your meal preparation. You can save calories by asking for your salad dressing to be placed on the side or by having your chicken grilled instead of fried.

Make Time for Something Special

Moderation is the key to any healthy eating plan, so you want to remember to indulge in a little decadence too. Going for ice cream can be a fun way to cap off an afternoon of adventure. If you’ve just finished rock climbing or golfing 18 holes, you’ve burned off calories and can afford a small sweet treat. Choose your options carefully before making your final decision. Instead of having a two-scoop sundae with hot fudge and whipped cream, you can select to have one scoop plain.

Don’t let food guilt get in the way of your good time. Planning your meals ahead and staying active will ensure a healthy and fun getaway!

This blog entry was submitted by guest blogger Cole Millen. Thanks Cole for your tips and contribution.

Your may want to refer back to my travel advisory blog and avoid intestinal upsets while traveling by thwarting the bugs etc. that can ruin your vacation. It always makes me cringe when I hear people relate how bad their trip was because they were sick the whole time. What a waste of money!

Have a great time wherever you might be heading but like Cole said, don’t over indulge just because you are on vacation. You will likely regret it later so do some planning ahead of time and save buying a new (larger wardrobe:). Muumuus and burlap sacks aren’t that attractive:(

Christmas Stress

Yes, it’s here again. Likely the most stressful time of the year. Why? Well, we can only speculate but often our finances are stretched, there’s a lot of social activities that press our time meaning less sleep and downtime, the consumption of too much food and food that isn’t good for us and so on. One other thing is that where we live (Vancouver area) it means less light at this time of the year which is tough on many of us. Some people experience SADS (Seasonal Affective Disorder) which among other symptoms can cause depression. So what do we do about this? Understanding how your body reacts to all this will help to reveal a solution. So here’s the story…And I have borrowed some of the explanation from Dr. Bob De Maria who is connected with Biotics Research our ‘go to’ nutraceutical company.

How would you like to be one of two paired glands in the body that most people think are totally insignificant and it is suggested have minimal or no significant purpose? The adrenal glands would fit the description of that commentary. Are you tired? Have you ever heard someone say, “I was only picking up my socks or a pencil; something insignificantly light and my back went “out”. The adrenal glands are your back up hormone system in the body creating the ingredients for strong ligaments and tissue. You may not realize that what you eat (sugar) and how you perceive challenges (stress) have the potential to exhaust or fatigue adrenal function. Waking up worn-out and experiencing pain with trivial actions is two of the most common body signals of “adrenal fatigue”. I know this first hand…my adrenals were stressed recently from doing a lot more physical work that I wasn’t used to and this went on for about 3 months. 2 months into it bam! I felt like there was a hole through my mid back to my chest. Very annoying and chiropractic adjustments didn’t help. So sure enough I tested for hypoadrenania and so I supplemented with Cytozyme AD and after a couple of weeks the symptoms went away.

Adrenal exhaustion is rampant in our society today. We ask you these questions – does bright light bother your eyes, do you get dizzy from a sit to a stand position – do you crave salt (chips, pickles and olives), twitching below the eye or in other muscles? If it’s a yes, you can almost be guaranteed you are in the later stages of adrenal gland impairment. Rest and minimizing commitments requiring full attention of adrenal function is absolutely necessary to achieve optimal adrenal function.

A little known fact by most is the steroids used and created by the adrenal get their basing structure from cholesterol. You may have been on cholesterol meds for years and still contend with annoying high cholesterol numbers. Cholesterol is created in the cascade of the hormonal function to either end up as cortisone, progesterone and or one of many other “adrenal” corticoids. We would suggest if you have long term or “stubborn” cholesterol levels that do not want to drop even with spectacular diet changes – always question stress. Stress and sugar from our observation are the two leading factors increasing ones cholesterol and sabotaging optimal adrenal function. Add red, yellow or orange Bell peppers to the diet, avoid sugar and we also encourage more protein with each meal. We recommend adrenal glandulars and other supplementation to support adrenal restoration.

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Understanding Viamin D

This is the epitomy of what people face when talking to some doctors about supplements. In all fairness, it isn’t their place to know about hoistic medicine. They train in drug therapy so their knowledge of vitamin and mineral supplementation is limited at best.

Did you know that contrary to popular belief, the sun doesn’t provide Vitamin D…it helps the body synthesize what you get from diet. Watch the video for the whole story.

You need to make sure you are getting the right kind of Vitamin D. We use Cataplex D from Standard Process (available to US customers) and Bio D Mulsion (400IU or 1000IU) from Biotics Research (Canadian Customers). These products are only available through healthcare practitioners so email us to order.

More on Vitamin D.

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