27 Jan 2013

TIPS FOR A BALANCED ALL-INCLUSIVE VACATION



Jamaica - PY Styles from Prairie Yogi Magazine on Vimeo.
If sprawling white-sand beaches aren't in your plans this year, live vicariously with this little viddy we put together on our latest trip to Jamaica thanks to Sandals. Ya Mon!


In the prairies, we enjoy our extreme climate and its beauties, but sometimes a week away with no worries is needed to carry us through those long, dark winter months. 

Jet-setting to warm destinations is part of our culture - here are some tips to help stay balanced on your all inclusive vacation this winter.

#1 - START OFF YOUR DAY WITH MOVEMENT

The morning is the best time to work out and get your body moving, it gets your metabolism going to deal with the all-inclusive buffet, clears the mind to allow you to appreciate the moment, and sweats out the toxins from last night's wine hangover.

Start your morning off with just 20 minutes of exercise, whatever you choose. May we suggest sun salutations on the deck, a serene walk along the beach, or a morning paddle on an SUP, when the water (and your mind) is at its calmest. 

#2 - STAY AWAY FROM THE SLUSHY
While all-inclusive vacations may seem synonymous with pool bars & Piña Colodas, those slushy poolside cocktails are full of sugar and cream that will only weigh you down and leave you feeling sluggish. Opt for a lighter beverage (vodka & soda water with lots of fresh fruit, or rum, water & a little bit of fruit juice).

If you've just got to have the slushy, grab some fruit from the breakfast bar and ask the bartender to blend it up with your favourite spirits. Sandals resorts have a wonderful fresh fruit smoothie bar - hit it up before going to the bar to get your slushy fix!

#3 - ENJOY THE FLAVOURS OF THE SUN + SEA
While the pastry counter at the buffet can be enticing, why not immerse yourself in the culture and opt for the lighter, local fare offered? Sunny destinations are blessed with tons of fresh healthy options. Eat plenty of fresh local fruit and fish to stay balanced and savour the tastes of the country. 

Big thanks to Sandals Negril for inviting us to enjoy a sunny week in Jamaica. :)






Rachelle Taylor is a love warrior born and raised in the heart of Canada. This gypsy searched far and wide for inspiration, beauty, and bliss only to return home to Winnipeg where she founded Prairie Yogi as an expression of her love for creativity, yoga, and community.