Healthy in Wine Country?

By April 17, 2012Nutrition

Hmmm. This was my intention. Over Easter weekend I went to Solvang in Santa Barbara’s beautiful wine country with my boyfriend and close friends. The plan was to stay as close to my healthy habits as possible while tasting wine, having great meals, and taking a break from LA.

Sneakers, check. Running gear, check. iPod, check. I even packed some extra liquid vitamin B12 and packets of eBoost, just in case I needed that extra kick in the morning to go for my vacation runs. We arrived early on a Saturday afternoon and after checking into our hotel we immediately took a taxi to Los Olivos, an adorable little town dedicated to drinking wine. First stop: Epiphany Cellars tasting room. I love this place, the staff is lovely, and they always seem to have us taste more wine than is on the list. After this, we went straight to lunch for a salad with tuna, and back out for tasting. I could have stopped there but we wound up at Carhartt’s Tasting Room, the only place that stays open past 5pm with an outdoor backyard and great music. Needless to say, waking up early on Easter Sunday to run before church did not happen. We had a lovely brunch at Root 246 which serves mainly local and organic meals deliciously prepared. Somehow we wound up “tasting” (a fancy word for drinking) more wine into the evening and I got my healthy dose of resveratrol (enough for a month!). Once again, Monday morning’s run got sidetracked and soon it was time to head back to LA.

So what did I learn from all of this?

– I’m human and it’s ok to take a few days off for vacation.
– I stuck to my normal eating plan which was key to not feeling worse.
– That tip about drinking one glass of water between each drink that you have, is a really good idea, and shouldn’t be forgotten about.
– Sometimes you just have to let loose and let go off all of your rules (or at least some of them) for a short time, knowing that you can get right back into your healthy habit routine.

And that’s exactly what I did. Cheers!

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