Vacation Health

Aloha! Greetings from Oahu! I’m here vacationing with my family for 8 days and I’m absolutely loving it. Mary and I thought it would be fun for me to post a quick update while I’m here and share some advice so that you can stay healthy while on vacation! I believe it’s pretty easy to do but it’s also okay to indulge a bit too. Here are a few tips:

  1. Hit up a local grocery store or market when you arrive. Stock up on the normal foods that you usually eat for breakfast and lunch. If you’re staying somewhere with a kitchen – go all out! We have one here and I bought quinoa, peanut butter, cheese, kombucha and gluten-free mac n’ cheese! If we don’t have a kitchen on vacation then I usually buy KIND or Lara Bars or fruit instead. 
  2. Bring comfortable shoes. Now walk! We walk a lot on our trips and it sucks when your feet hurt. I didn’t bring comfortable sandals on this trip to Hawaii and I am now in the market for some after 3 days! We’ve been walking a lot and hardly use our rental car (which I love).
  3. Use services like Yelp or local review sites to find restaurants! Lately we’ve been eating at places with great Yelp reviews. We’ve hit up a Thai food truck, lots of local seafood joints and so much amazing ice cream. I love the focus on local foods here in Hawaii.
  4. Easy on the drinks. I know a lot of people look forward to drinking alcohol while on vacation but so many of them are loaded with sugar. I had a pina colada yesterday and it was (omg) so sweet. A great treat for sure but I didn’t need to drink 8 in a row. I still stick with a glass of wine at night but try to keep myself up and active during the day.
  5. Indulge. Sometimes that means eating flavored shave ice for lunch. Sometimes that means getting a massage. Sometimes that means going to bed at 8pm! It can mean a lot of different things for different people. Figure out what you need to do to indulge and then DO IT. Don’t feel guilty!
  6. Try something new. I get intimidated by a lot of physical activities. Read our post here about our struggles with fitness. I don’t naturally gravitate towards a yoga class on the beach, snorkeling with dolphins or jumping off a cliff into the ocean. This week I’m working on trying something new. I’ll keep you posted on what that is!

Do you try to stay healthy while vacationing? Or do you just take a break from your regular routine? We’d love to hear your experiences! 

7 thoughts on “Vacation Health

  1. Audrey the Turtle says:

    I tend to eat like crap! when I’m on vacation, but I’m excited about trying to stick to healthy eating, even when eating out. My sister is very health-minded, and on our last family vacation I noticed her choices looked delicious and were so healthy! We’re beach bums so I saw her eat grilled shrimp, steamed oysters, grilled veggies, etc. and I realized it wasn’t really that difficult to eat well even by the sea. :)

    1. Considering You says:

      It’s SO easy when you’re near the sea or a place that has fresh produce. I even found that it was easy in NYC since you’re walking so much and really you only eat while you’re on the go. Good luck next vacation :) -A

  2. Michaela @ livinlightly says:

    This is just what I needed to see! I’m leaving for Florida in about a week and know it’s so hard to stick to my healthy routine when away. Thanks especially for mentioning WALKING and buying breakfast and lunch from local grocery stores. Those are going to be the 2 big things I implement this vacation. Thanks again for sharing!

    1. Considering You says:

      We’re so glad it was helpful! It’s SO difficult to stay healthy while you’re indulging. Yet we sort of think that indulging IS healthy. We weren’t as good at eating healthy lunches but it was so easy to eat eggs/meat/veggies for breakfast. Have fun in Florida!

  3. JulieAnn Thomas says:

    This made me excited as we’re moving to Oahu in a few months. Could you share more of your favorite restaurants/places that you find?

    Me staying healthy on a vacation depends on the place & time of year -I find it easier to be healthier when a place is warm. When it’s cold I want to indulge in comfort food – lasagna, macaroni and cheese, and desserts! If it’s warm, I’m more drawn to fruit and lighter fare, and I’m more apt to spend time outside.

    1. Considering You says:

      I’m so jealous, JulieAnn!!! Ah! I loved it here and am already dreaming of going back. If you go to the North Shore, I would go to Kono’s for breakfast or lunch. You can get the most amazing burrito bowls or pulled pork/rice. Over near Waikiki, we loved Island Vintage for coffee and Ocean House was a nice fancier place! Also, the International Market in near Waikiki was amazing. We could eat sushi, Filipino food and fish tacos all in the same place!


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