Taylor and I went to the island of Kauai for the first time together over the week of Christmas this year. We decided to have a holiday getaway, just the two of us, since this was the first year I was not working on or around Christmas and New Year’s Eve. We also realized we had never taken a trip for this long with just the two of us and no other friends or family, so it was much needed.
By hour two of the five and a half hour flight from San Francisco to Kauai, I started to get that familiar muscle exhaustion feeling. Noooo I thought to myself, you cannot get sick before this amazing trip even starts! By the time we landed, I felt terrible. My head and sinuses were congested, my throat hurt and I had zero energy. It was Christmas Eve and we had just landed in beautiful Kauai. I ate an early dinner in the room and was asleep before 8pm local time. My poor fiance had to eat dinner at the mediocre hotel restaurant by himself that first night in paradise.
My heart was so sad after that first night that I woke up the next morning determined to be a trooper and make this trip awesome. And that is exactly what I did. Below are the tips and tricks I followed each day for the remaining 5 days of the trip, and I ended up having a great week!
1. Fresh pressed green juice
Most cities/destinations have fresh pressed juice shops or even fresh pressed juices in grocery stores or markets. Search for the closest locations to you and drink one fresh juice that has mostly greens and either no fruit or very little fruit. It is okay if the juice contains one apple or one orange for Vitamin C, but make sure the juice contains mostly greens. It is even better if it also contains apple cider vinegar, cayenne pepper and/or garlic!
I drank one “Selfie” green juice from Kauai Juice Co. (highly recommend if you are visiting the island) every morning, and it would instantly give me energy!
Contains: celery, cucumber, kale, chard, parsley, turmeric, ginger, garlic, apple cider vinegar, chili pepper
*If you can get to an actual juice shop then throw in a wellness or immunity juice shot in addition to a green juice!
2. Drink plenty of fluids
I recommend sticking to either room temperature or warm water whenever you can, especially when you are feeling under the weather. Drinking warm water has many benefits including boosting blood circulation, improving digestion and helping your body rid itself of harmful toxins. When you are eating out and want something in addition to water, I suggest ordering non-caffeinated herbal tea with lemon. This will help your body relax and unwind at the end of the day.
I also like to keep a bag of tea bags with me whenever I travel. My favorites to pack are a few bags of Green tea, Trader Joe’s Organic Ginger Turmeric Herbal Tea, Peppermint tea and Chamomile tea.
3. Pack the miracle worker and every day vitamins!
- Always have a small container of Source Naturals Wellness Formula tablets, or what I call the “miracle worker” in your suitcase, handy for any trip! Take two or three tablets with food the moment you start feeling “off”. Continue to take two or three tablets two-to-three times per day, with food, for the first couple days or until you start feeling better. Once you feel about 90% better take one tablet per day for about another week.
- Probiotic – Renew Life makes this probiotic which is my favorite for females, but here is a great one for males. Gut health is especially important to boost your immune system.
- Super enzyme – I have seen great improvement to my overall gut health with this supplement by NOW.
- Fish Oil – Here is the one I use from TJ’s (Trader Joe’s). Make sure it says “Odorless” when you purchase. I recommend buying all TJ’s items directly at Trader Joe’s.
- Calcium – Rainbow Light makes my favorite calcium supplement because it includes Magnesium and Vitamin D3.
4. Load up on fruits and veggies
During that week I felt the best in the morning after I drank a green juice. Then I had one whole avocado and fresh fruit such as berries, apples and papaya, and continued to feel great. The moment I would start feeling off again was the minute I had bread or anything with white flour and added sugar. Anytime I noticed this, I stopped right away and returned to eating fruits, vegetables, meat and protein.
I recommend trying to avoid those tasty treats if you are feeling under the weather, especially anything with added sugar or dairy. Stick to as many whole foods as possible (think Paleo). I know, this is tough when you are on vacation, but I can’t stress enough how much better you will feel which is worth more than the two minutes of satisfaction you get when you eat a cookie (and I LOVE cookies).
5. Avoid alcohol
Why does this girl keep telling me not to do all the things I look forward to doing on vacation? I know…I know…avoiding alcohol is tough when you are on vacation, but I really believe this is one of the main reasons I consistently felt okay throughout each day. I’ll never tell you to go cold turkey on anything you do. I believe in indulging, and I believe that you can only make small, realistic goals, so have a glass of wine one night or pause to enjoy a Mai Tai while watching an incredible sunset like I did. Just try not to overdo it. You know what I mean.
Don’t push it. Those first 48 hours are crucial. Try to get at least eight hours of sleep, if not more, those first two nights. I know you think you will have FOMO, but you will thank yourself if you are able to enjoy the rest of your vacation just by going to sleep earlier than everyone else. I took a nap on the beach, sat in the passenger seat while we drove around the island exploring for hours admiring the scenery and enjoyed the sun’s rays hitting my face everywhere we went. Take a deep breath and try to r.e.l.a.x. It is a vacation after all.
Take care of your body, it’s the only one you’ve got!