You CAN have a healthy vacation...

Lake Lure :: July 2015

We've been whitewater rafting today with French Broad Rafting. (25 thumbs up for this company, our guide Tom and the entire experience!)

First, let me set the stage. Scott, Will and I went rafting last summer, in a different location, while Ellie was at camp. The water was freeeeeezing and it was raining. First trip for Will and me.

So today, it was a DOWNPOUR. And 65 degrees when we got out of the car in the parking lot. Granted, it didn't feel as cool as 65, BUT it wasn't warm by any stretch.

And did I mention it was RAINING??? Thunder, a little lightening, and buckets, sheets of rain.

We geared up in our parkas and helmets, and loaded into a school bus for the 10 minute drive to the French Broad River. Which, thank God, is nice and warm this time of year.

Ellie and I are sitting together on the cool, damp, clammy seat of the bus, drenched already and cold. She looks at me with the most adorable, 13-year-old-wet-kitten surrendered look and says, "Mom, I'm the most uncomfortable I've ever been."

Oh honey. I wanted to take her and stuff her under my parka and possibly back into my womb to protect her from being uncomfortable. But guess what. Not possible.

Being comfortable in the face of discomfort is something I've been working on lately. It's not my strongest suit, so I'm highly aware of it now. As it happens on so many occasions, my children are my greatest teachers. 

So we both relaxed in our discomfort and stayed present with what was happening without finding too much meaning in the environment around us.

Fast forward several hours -- we had an AMAZING day. Our half-day 5-mile rafting trip turned into a 9-mile adventure because the take out road for the 5-mile trip was block by downed trees from the rain storm. We had a rain-soaked morning, followed by lunch, then a gorgeous, dry, sunny afternoon on roaring rapids because of the rain that made us so wet and cold in the morning.

We had a perfect rafting day.

On the way back to our place, it was sooooo tempting to grab a crappy dinner on the way. Instead, we stopped by the grocery store and picked up a few items that we could make in our 1974-style very groovy condo. There were no condiments, a few pots and pans and some plastic dishes. No problem.

This was how it happened:

2 avocados

2 sweet potatoes

2 bunches of organic kale

the smallest bottle of extra-virgin olive oil

1 red pepper

1 sweet onion

1 box of pre-sliced mushrooms

salt + pepper 

1 bag of mediterranean quinoa

I roasted the potatoes in the oven at 425 for 45 minutes. Done. Sauteéd the onions, mushrooms and red pepper in olive oil for about 8 minutes and added salt and pepper. Transferred the veggies onto a plate and sauteéd the kale in the same pan (there wasn't one big enough to do all at the same time!). After the kale had wilted slightly, I mixed the veggies in with the kale and stirred for a couple more minutes. I prepared the quinoa according to the package directions. We then cut up an avocado and sprinkled with salt and pepper.

The end result was a delicious, nutritious meal that left us feeling amazing, our family got to take hot showers, not feel rushed to get BACK out, and we spent our last night together with little to no distractions.

Health can happen. 

Make it a priority.

Staying comfortable by taking the short cut, isn't always the best plan. Step out of your comfort zone and push yourself into the life you actually desire. 

It's worth it. YOU...are worth it.