After a roasting hot summer, I am ready for cooler temperatures, colorful leaves and the changes a new season inevitably brings! Before gearing up for another busy fall, my husband and I decided to take a week long vacation to Canada. We enjoyed breathtaking scenery while hiking in various national parks, a little R&R, and some delicious local Canadian fare.
To kick off this new season, I thought I’d let you peer into my life outside the walls of seminars, grocery tours, and one-on-one sessions. Many of my clients tell me they can stick to eating well in the confines of their own home or at local restaurants that have proven to be “Tracie worthy,” but troubles come when it’s time to pack their bags and head out of town. So if your lifestyle requires frequent travel or you’d simply like a little help planning for an upcoming vacation, read on for some great travel tips and pictures of my recent journey to the beautiful country of Canada.
Here are some tips to help plan out your vacation before you even leave the house:
- Pack a foldable cooler in your luggage.
- Call ahead and make sure that your accommodations come with a refrigerator.
- Pre-pack some easy snacks. I brought Jordandal Beef Sticks, Homemade Gummy Squares for the trail, banana chips cooked in coconut oil from Trader Joe’s, Jennies Macaroons (available at Willy Street Co-op) fruit leathers, and gelatin to add to my drinks.
- Fail to plan…plan to fail! Map out places to stop for good food along the way.
Our trip began with a flight into Calgary and then a “short” drive to Jasper National Park. Prior to landing, I Googled natural food stores and found one only a few miles off our route. We stopped at Amaranth Whole Foods Market to pick up some fresh items like cheese, milk, grass-fed bison, fruit and veggies. I used my foldable cooler to keep things cold for the 5-hour drive. After leaving Jasper, we traveled to Canmore near Banff National Park and I easily found another store called Nutters to stock up on some things that we were running low on the second half of the trip.
Before I learned the benefits of eating real food, I used to go on vacation eating anything and everything I came into contact with. I figured, hey, I’m on vacation, I might as well live it up while I’m here. The only problem was, I never felt very good and it was always that much harder to get back into the groove of eating decently when I returned home. So instead, I started planning ahead—it took a little extra time, but it’s made my travels so much more enjoyable!
Once you’ve arrived at your destination, consider these simple tips to help you look and feel your best:
- Ask the locals where to go! For example, who’d have thought a place called the Deer Lodge would have the best food (local and fresh) we ate on our trip.
- 80/20 Rule—Plan for one treat daily. Enjoy sampling different foods throughout your trip, but stick to eating well 80 percent of the time.
- Eat balanced meals and snacks; pick your protein first and then add carbohydrates as you go.
- Here are a few helpful websites:
Consider following these simple Tracie-approved ideas while traveling to take the headache out of trying to eat well when you’re not at home!