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Travel Survival Tips: Sunny Challenge Blog

Thursday, May 26, 2011

This week’s main challenge was to help each person in planning their summer vacations, since we all know it's hard to stay on track during a vacation!

Our challenge this week was to pick a city that you are going to this summer, or somewhere you want to travel to, and blog about 2 healthy restaurants or types of food and one healthy activity available in that city.

We travel to our cottage in Michigan near South Haven every summer and there is an amazing restaurant called Clementine's. They actually have huge towers of french fried onion rings with sides of ranch that COME with them - you don't have to ask, sort of in a whisper, if you can have ranch with that - it already comes with it. They also have to die for Bloody Marys. Cheeseburgers. Melts. You name it, they have it.

But, last time I was there I found something healthy on the menu. A warm spinach salad with fresh chicken (not fried) and just a decent amount of blue cheese crumbles. A hard boiled egg and some raspberry vinagrette dressing. Now this is my go to choice when we visit this restaurant.

Another restaurant in the area is the Phoenix Stret Cafe. At this place it's pretty darn difficult to pick something that ISN'T healthy. They have about ten salads to choose from, a "mini breakfast" with smaller portions, and even a tofu scramble. Yep, this is the place to go to. And the food is good!

A healthy activity in this city is to run/walk the Kal-Haven trail. It's beautiful in the summertime, I recently went for a walk there in the winter/fall. I can't wait to run, bike, and walk on the trail this summer.

Other things that have helped me survive trips to Michigan are:

- Bring my workout bag with my running shoes, Garmin and any gear I need.

- Bringa Leslie Sansone DVD to do in the morning or at night, and get my dad and sister to do it, too.

- Bring resistance bands.

- Pack healthy cereal to eat at breakfast, bringing healthy snacks like grapes, carrots, unsalted sunflower seeds and granola.

- Bring my own cute water bottle to ensure I'll refill it with drinking water. This keeps me away from the wine and soft drinks. And feeling full.

- I only allow myself ONE, sometimes two...glasses of wine per day.

- I do not eat any crackers, chips, or cheese. One just leads to another.

- I bring my vitamins.

- NO fast food. Period. If I am forced to go through a drive-through I will order a salad with healthy dressing or a grilled chicken sandwich. But I am making my dinner tonight so that I can eat while driving and not stop through a drive-through.

- Accountability. I sometimes do food blogs of the food I eat while there, and the day after I return I also post a blog report on how I did, AND weigh myself Monday morning as an added kick-in the butt.
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