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Guest Blogger: Cole Millen – Enjoy Your Vacation While Eating Healthy

Absolutely nothing should get in the way of your vacation enjoyment!  You’ve worked hard, and now it’s time to play hard.  Sometimes, even pleasurable travel can be stressful.  I’ve learned that one of the best ways to minimize travel stress and enjoy a vacation to the fullest is by finding ways to carry healthy-eating habits with me on my trip.

goldengate San Fransisco, California

Several aspects of travel present challenges to healthy eating.  First, your regular routine changes when you travel.  Second, away from home you will face different types of foods as well as temptations that you know how to avoid at home.  A little advance planning will help you navigate the labyrinth of unhealthy and processed foods you will encounter on vacation and keep you eating healthy through the duration of your trip.

Cole2 Santa Cruz, California

Before you leave, take the time to learn about your destination.  Doing a little research into the hotel and restaurants in the area can go a long way.  I have found reviews to be extremely helpful in my travels because they provide the most unbiased and true information.  I recently found a great site that listed the hotels in Las Vegas I was interested in with reviews regarding restaurants, amenities, and things to do.  This information made it extremely helpful to maintain a healthy lifestyle while away.  Find out all you can about local restaurants.  Locate a health food store in the area where you can stop for snacks to keep in your hotel room, and look for a hotel that has in room refrigerators so you will be able to stock fruits and veggies there to ward off late-night cravings.

Cole1 Maui, HI

If you plan to fly, consider what you will eat on the plane.  I always pack some healthy snacks like raw almonds and some fruit or fresh veggies in my carry-on bag to keep me from succumbing to high sodium or sugary refreshments served on the plane.  If an in-flight meal will be served, take the time to order an alternative to the regular meal.  Low-sodium or vegetarian options are best.

Cole6 Boston Massachusetts

Drink plenty of water throughout your trip.  This may be easier at home, but it’s just as important when you travel.  I like to carry a water bottle along with me that I can refill anywhere. This will save you money at tourist attractions where bottled water can be very expensive.  It will also help you avoid the temptation of drinking soda or other sugary and caffeinated beverages.

Cole7 Pebble Beach, California

On vacation, you will probably be eating at several restaurants.  Follow the same guidelines you do when eating out near your home.  Before heading to a nice dinner, eat a handful of raw carrots or an apple to take the edge off your hunger and keep you from filling up on bread before your meal arrives.  Read the menu carefully.  Find healthy selections under words such as “broiled” and “steamed.” Avoid words like “battered,” “smothered” or “bottomless.”  Speaking of bottomless, avoid all-you-can-eat restaurants as well.  It’s too easy to keep eating after you are full when you’ve paid to eat all you possibly can.

425941_3195074969094_1338059294_n Tulum Mexico

Of course, when you get away on vacation, you may want to splurge a little.  Feel free to enjoy some local delights.  The key to vacationing healthy is moderation.  If you eat a healthy breakfast, go ahead and enjoy that world-famous pizza at lunchtime.  Just be sure to follow it with a healthy afternoon snack if you get hungry later.

Some healthy snack ideas:

Organic Hummus and Organic Baby Carrots

Organic Raw Walnuts or Raw Almonds and Organic Cheese ( if you eat dairy )

Mana Bread ( A great organic sprouted grain bread ) by itself or with Organic Cheese

Organic Nuts: Smokehouse Almonds, Rosemary Garlic Almonds, Tomato Basil Almonds, Maple Walnuts

Pestos and Organic Whole Grain Crackers ( You can pack Pesto in your suitcase, it wont go bad if it has lemon Juice and Garlic in it )

Organic Trail mix

Organic Kale Chips

Organic Dried Fruit

Organic Peanut Butter and Apples

Dried Seaweed Snacks

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Who are Steph and Ang?

Stephanie was raised in Santa Monica, California, Aka: Dogtown.  After traveling the world in her 20’s she settled down in Maui for a year then moved to Hood River Oregon, the windsurfing capital of the world!  At the age of 23 Steph opened and ran the very popular restaurant called Purple Rocks Art Bar and Café for 3 years.  At the time the town was only busy enough in the summers so she sold it.  Steph then started her jewelry line named Venezian and sold to 23 stores in Portland, Seattle, Idaho and California.  At the same time she designed 3 top selling hats for Da Kine snowboarding accessories.  Steph also had a natural skin care line which she developed all her own recipes and named it Flower of Flowers.  She took on a partner and they did skin care parties for 2 years, then the partner moved to Maui and Steph decided to let it go and kept on with Venezian and got a job at Flerchinger’s Vineyards (now known as Cathedral Ridge) for 4 years where she learned about the different varietals, bottling and labeling while serving customers in the tasting room.  She also learned about the climates the grapes grow in, the crush methods, filtering and fermentation process.

Angela was born and raised in Hood River, Oregon in the beautiful Columbia Gorge, a small town 60 miles east of Portland, Oregon.  Growing up with many influences from the natural world and alternative forms of healing.  With two creative parent’s Ang grew up creating, designing and thinking of how she could further her life and make a career with such.  Ang took a large interest in cooking at the age of 14, taught by her Arabic uncle (by marriage) who lived with her and her family for about a year, they would create extravagant dinners.

Ang started working for a local swim and active wear company named Kerrits, there she designed, worked on custom pieces for customers and was retailed in stores throughout Portland and Seattle including Nordstrom.  Later she decided to partner up with her mother, aunt and cousin to create an art co-op called Interior Fusion, there the art of themselves and local artist’s were displayed and sold.  During this time she was also working alongside a women who ran an interior design and retail paint / window coverings business, there she gained much experience in interior design, color, and faux finishing.  Ang was married at the time to a very talented musician, who taught guitar and singing lessons.  She helped with all of the P.R., bookings, band identity and tour arrangements. This is about the time where Steph and Ang met!


One day Steph decided to take singing lessons from a friend who taught her by using the guitar instead of a piano.  She had asked him if he knew of any female guitar players who might be interested in starting an all girl band and he introduced her to his wife Angela.  They hit it off instantly and then started a band called Scarlet Luxury.  They had a lot of fun, became great friends and creatively inspired each other from that point on.

After looking for more outlets Ang and Steph put their creative forces together and started a faux finishing company.  They worked so well together, they would dream up ideas while working together.  They both had a love for fashion, drawing, designing and conceptualizing all their ideas in their spare time; they decided to start an accessories line called EvaRuna.  They developed a unique product and learned the in’s & out’s of the fashion industry, working with a long time friend of Steph’s who has been in the fashion industry for 20 years (started Von Dutch Clothing, Bronze Age & Stronghold Denim) they learned it all, from writing a business plan, arranging photo shoot’s, creating line sheets, to samples and marketing their product.  After the recession was in full motion the two decided to move on… Ang moved to Portland, Oregon and Steph moved back to Venice, California.  Angela being a happy mother of twin boys has had many experiences and great tips for healthy family living.  The two have remained great friends and continually inspire each other even after all that.  Four years later Stephanie who resides in Northern, California and Angela in Phoenix, Arizona thought it would be cool to bring all their interests together and create a lifestyle blog where they can share their creativity with the world!


Hello World!

Hello and welcome to our blog of Healthy Living and Adventures!

After sharing with each other on a daily basis our tried and tested family recipes, travel adventures and many more great things we decided it would be a great to share it with the world!  Try, share, explore our site and see how these recipes can make your life better too!

Steph & Ang