Planning a vacation can be
stressful but the end result is wonderful. It’s
worth the time it takes to plan ahead for a healthy
vacation. Healthy vacations can be fun and affordable.
Here are some tips to help you plan a fun, healthy
(ARA) 1. Indulge with delicious foods that are
When you’re on vacation, you want to enjoy yourself, and
there’s nothing better than sitting down to a delicious
meal. But who says that taste and health can’t go hand
Top chefs often use the freshest and healthiest
ingredients possible to create dishes that tempt the
palette and are good for the body. When you vacation,
choose meals that use fresh, local ingredients. This
will help you get a sense of the local fare and also
indulge in a nutritious meal.
At Rancho De La Osa in Sasabe, Ariz., the chefs
specialize in creating healthy dishes that are a
delicious indulgence. “Our chefs use very little salt
and use the fresh herbs we grow on the ranch,” comments
Veronica Schultz, proprietress at the ranch. Rosemary,
basil, mint, tarragon and Mexican oregano are all grown
on-site. During the summer, the ranch grows tomatoes and
peppers as well.
The ranch only uses extra virgin olive oil and makes all
of their own lighter salad dressings. Sauces are
fruit-based instead of cream-based to cut calories and
increase flavor. “There’s no pre-made anything,” adds
Schultz. “We make everything from scratch ... guests
2. Spend quality time together and apart.
Health isn’t just about eating well and exercising, it’s
about having positive relationships in your life. When
planning a family vacation, choose activities the family
can do together, working toward a common goal. Trying
something new could bring you closer.
Jeanne Ross of Colorado Trails Ranch, a popular family
vacation destination in Durango, Colo., says that
families visiting the ranch split their time between
activities together and activities with their peer
groups. She notes that dude ranches provide a backdrop
for families to focus on traditional values and spend
quality time together.
“Our values are for families to have a good time, learn
something new and be safe. People make friends that last
forever, and that’s really a value of health,” comments
At the ranch, activities include horseback riding, fly
fishing, rafting, trap shooting and more. Ross says
these activities even help stubborn teens break out of
their shell. “When they first come, teens are skeptical,
but after a couple days, they really enjoy themselves.
When it’s time to leave Sunday morning, the ones that
have the longest tears are the teenagers.”
3. Relax and spend some time learning more about
Self reflection and relaxation are important aspects of
a healthy vacation. After all, when you return back to
the “real world” you want to feel positive and
refreshed. Vacations are the perfect time to look for
activities that help you learn a little more about
yourself. Perhaps spend some time journaling, or try a
new artistic activity like pottery or painting.
At Homeplace Ranch in Alberta, Canada, women visitors
have a special opportunity to learn more about
themselves through an interpretation of their
interactions with the horses. Horses don’t understand
words, but they react to body language and tone of the
voice. Specialist Nancy Lowery spends time with visitors
explaining how their interactions with horses can give
them insight into how they act and might therefore be
perceived in other aspects of their lives.
“The women get together and really bond,” says Mac
Makenny, owner and operator of Homeplace Ranch. “They
ask questions like ‘why do you think the horse pulled
away from you?’ Some of the women who did this had such
a profound experience they were on the verge of tears.
It’s very personal, insightful and cleansing. They
really learn a lot about themselves.”
For more information visit www.guestranch.com.
Disney World Savings Guidee
- See How Easily You Can Have A Disney World
Vacation For A Fraction Of What Others Pay
Connected : Solutions By Email
our free monthly newsletter packed with motivational
thoughts, articles, tips, products and resources to help
you make your family's life healthier and fun. We help
you handle today's tough issues like healthier lifestyles,
child development, education, self-appreciation and
Receive Monthly Newsletter
2002-03 Real Life Solutions & Aurelia Williams. All Rights Reserved.
Us | Contact Us |
| Opportunity |
| Links |
Policy || Web
Design by Lindsey Web
Design || Contact Us