Vacation- a necessary break that everyone deserves to have!  I just got back from a week-long trip with my family to Michigan.  We stopped in Grand Haven on our way to Empire and hit Traverse City, Charlevouix, Petosky, Harbor Springs, and Mackinac Island.  We had an amazing time relaxing and exploring the lakes in the beautiful (I hate to say it) state of Michigan.

 

A week away from routine and being at home used to give me a lot of anxiety.  I didn’t like the idea of not having control of when and what I was eating.  I have since mended my relationship with food, which has helped me in every facet of my life.

 

Vacation/being away from home should not be a free pass to eat as much junk food as possible.  It also should not cause restricted thoughts and avoiding un-healthy foods at all costs.

 

Listen to your body.  If you want ice cream after walking around in the heat all day, eat the ice cream.  If you pass the greatest (in my opinion) froyo place of all time, you eat that froyo.  (Pump House)  If your family orders a pizza from the local pizza joint to stay in and watch Forrest Gump, you do that, too.

No joke- literally best ever

No joke- literally best ever

Waffle cone dipped in chocolate and peanuts? Sign me up.

Waffle cone dipped in chocolate and peanuts? Sign me up.

 

But, if you’re feeling sluggish and just need some veggies in your diet, order the salad at the restaurant (and steal a couple of your brother’s french fries).  Luckily, we had access to a kitchen so we cooked in- we made turkey burgers one night and grilled chicken the other night.  I made big salads with fresh Michigan cherries and our favorite grilled chicken recipe!

Chicken Kale Salad with Michigan Cherries, Corn, and Feta-- recipe post to follow!

Chicken Kale Salad with Michigan Cherries, Corn, and Feta– recipe post to follow!

When I travel away from home, I like to come prepared.  Here are some tips for staying semi-healthy when traveling:

Eat breakfast

Okay, I was spoiled with a waffle maker (trust me, didn’t have time for these everyday). But, even Greek yogurt with berries and almond butter to-go is better than nothing!

See "Vanilla Spiced Waffles with Berry Compote and Almond Butter" under Breakfast for recipe :)

See “Vanilla Spiced Waffles with Berry Compote and Almond Butter” under Breakfast for recipe 🙂

Pack snacks 

I get hangry when I don’t eat.  It’s important to keep your blood sugar from getting too low; this helps prevent fatigue, headaches, and an overall yucky feeling.  Eating throughout the day means you are less likely to overdo it later at dinner.  I packed lots of protein bars, including one of my favorites- Square Bars!  Some other good snacks include: individual almond butter packets, whole fruit (bananas, apples, oranges), nuts/trail mix, and skinny pop popcorn.

Love these organic, vegan protein bars for on-the-go snacking!

Love these organic, vegan protein bars for on-the-go snacking!

Stay active

Now, I’m not saying to run 3 miles everyday.  Keep moving by doing fun activities!  My family walked everywhere exploring the different cities we visited.  We also biked Mackinac Island, kayaked through the rivers and lakes, and swam when the water didn’t feel like 50 degrees.

 

In summary, enjoy yourself!! Find that healthy balance with moderation and not deprivation.