Thursday, June 2, 2011

Vacationing in the mountains

If you are headed to the mountains this summer, I have to say I am envious! Being in southern Louisiana we don't see mountains or even hills unless we are making a point to find them. A mountain view is so refreshing for the heart and soul; a great time to relax and stretch your mind and body. A vacation in the mountains is the perfect opportunity to spend a little time with yourself-listen to peace & quiet and revitalize your sense of well-being.  You can take advantage of the unique outdoor experiences, such as hiking, horse-back riding, and fishing, and if you're of the brave, white water rafting or kayaking. These things truly nourish the soul. 

When you want to nourish your body here are a few tips to keep in mind...
Experience what the local fare has to offer. Whether it's a roast elk tenderloin or freshly caught fish, just enjoy! Give yourself permission to eat foods you don't typically have available to you. Allowing yourself to eat these great foods without judgement and guilt will have an affect on how you digest your food.

Stick with the menu options. Even if a buffet is available, use the menu to find one thing really can't resist and go for it. Keep in mind you don't have to eat everything on your plate and it's okay to leave a restaurant satisfied but not stuffed, which I call "pleasantly plump."

Make sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. A good rule of thumb is to drink 1 oz of water for every 2 pounds in body weight. Don't confuse water with soft drink (even diet ones), iced tea, sports drinks, coffee, you get the picture. Water is water and that's what your body needs for hydration.

Relax. Allow yourself time to re-energize! Most importantly, have fun!