Everyone always returns from vacation either with extra weight on their bones or sick from ingesting something bad. Wherever you opt to spend your vacation, you want to thoroughly enjoy it and not waste precious time feeling sick. Here are some tips to ensure a safe and healthy vacation:
1. Research where you are traveling. Knowing the culture of the community, the indigenous fruits and vegetables, and whether or not to drink the water from the tap are important to ensure a pleasant adventure. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so I avoid drinking the water and stick to bottled or filtered water.
2. Learn the language; A little goes a long way. Knowing enough to ask what fish is fresh or what has food allergens can make a huge difference.
3. Avoid eating too much processed foods. Eat as fresh as possible. When I travel I look for the highest quality fruits and vegetables I know my body will process well. Being in Mexico, the mini bananas, pineapple and limes are super tasty. I allow myself to indulge with chips and salsa and guacamole and the occasional cookie that has no additives but purely sugar, flour, and vegetable shortening. I normally tend to stay away from dairy except for greek yogurt, but in other countries I avoid it because I know they process their milk a tad differently and that can mean my body may or may not like it, and I am not willing to take the chance on being sick for a day.