Eating Healthy While on Vacation

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My trip to Lake Powell.
My family took a trip out to Lake Powell last summer.  We flew across county into Utah, rented a car and drove down to Arizona, and then stayed on a house boat for a week.  I have had to be very careful about the foods that I eat so I was a little nervous about such a long trip. 
I called TSA before the trip. (Make sure you call yourself before your trip in case any of the rules have changed.) You are allowed to take foods on the plane, as long as they are not too liquidy. They would not let me take almond butter. You can take a cooler on a plane, you just can’t take the ice through the security check point.  So I brought empty baggies. Once I got through security, I went to a restaurant and got ice to put in the baggies. 
Before leaving for the trip I looked into grocery stores in Utah.  Luckily there were several Whole Foods along our path from the airport to Lake Powell.
I also checked into the supplies that were available on the house boat before we left for the trip.  I needed to make sure I would have the proper pots and pans, etc to be able to cook on the boat.
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Vacationing when you have food allergies/sensitivities
It can be hard to figure out what to eat at home when you have food allergies/sensitivities.  So it can be even more difficult when you are in an unfamiliar location.  But with a little planning and preparation, you can have an enjoyable vacation, even if you have food allergies/sensitivities.
Do some research before your trip on where you are staying and local restaurants.
1. Look into the hotel, house, ect where you will be staying.Find one with a kitchen or at least a mini fridge.Find a spot that is close to a grocery store that you are familiar with and know.
2. Look into restaurants ahead of time.Look up the menu. Many restaurants now have allergy friendly menus posted online.
Organize your food ahead of time. 
1. Buy or make foods ahead of time to bring on the trip.Think about how many days you are going to be on vacation.
2. Make sure you have a quick snack on you, maybe a LARA bar or almonds. 

Which Sunscreen Should I Buy?

Summer is here...
and although getting a small daily dose of Vitamin D from the sun is okay, it is important to protect your skin from the long term damaging effects of too much sun. You should definitely apply a sunscreen if you plan to be outside. Deciding which sunscreen to use can be confusing!?
So here are some tips about SPF, ingredients, and what to look for when choosing a sunscreen:

1. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays. They also recommend using an SPF of 30 or greater with water resistance.

2. Look for mineral based ingredients that do not penetrate the skin like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. The label may even say "non-nano".

3. AVOID sunscreens that contain oxybenzone which is a hormone disrupting chemical.

4. Brands we like are Badger, Honest Company, Think Sport, California Baby, Raw Elements, Beauty Counter and Sunology.

5. Go to the Environmental Working Group to see the safety rating of your sunscreen or any product that you use!