Vacation Recap: Two Weeks In Sanibel Island, Florida

I just spent two weeks in one of my favourite places: Sanibel Island, Florida. It’s a charming beach town that holds a lot of nostalgia and good memories for me. Every December when I was a kid, we would spend a month there, and it’s been really fun to revisit this place over the past few years.

I’ve been working crazy hard for the past few months (and loving every minute of it), so this vacation came at a perfect time. I stayed at a condo in a beautiful complex and spent most of the time reading on the deck (with a gorgeous ocean view) or reading on the beach. It’s a hard life but someone has to do it, right?

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I love visiting Captiva, a beautiful town that’s a short drive away from Sanibel. Seriously, Captiva is a magical place, and doesn’t even seem real. It’s got pastel-coloured mansions, lush flowers and plants everywhere, and a really cool vibe. I ate my fair share of peel-and-eat shrimp and spicy French fries. So good. Plus just look at this adorable sign that was on the outside of a coffee shop. There’s also a famous restaurant called The Bubble Room that is super colourful and decorated like crazy — it’s basically Christmas all the time there.

Over the past few years, after struggling with some blood sugar issues and then developing food allergies, I’ve had to figure out how to eat and feel normal throughout the day. That can get kind of tricky when travelling, but thankfully I think I’ve got a pretty good handle on it now. This trip definitely made me feel pretty calm and confident that I can always find something to eat. The key is definitely planning ahead and bringing as much food as you can. It’s a two day drive to Florida so I brought a cooler with chicken, salad and Mary’s Crackers to have for lunch on the first day. I also brought two avocados so I could cut them up and enjoy them both days (#avocadoaddict). The second day, I got a take-out salad from the restaurant at the hotel I was staying at and that worked out really well.

Can you have a healthy, gluten-free and dairy-free breakfast while on the road? Definitely. I brought my tiny blender and made a smoothie with almond milk, protein powder, a banana and a handful of blueberries. I heated up two slices of buckwheat chia seed bread in the hotel microwave and ate that with sunflower seed butter. It was basically what I would have eaten at home in my own apartment (but I would have added spinach, too — #greensmoothieaddict).

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Plus just look at those palm trees. Dreamy, right? They never get old.

 

Aya Tsintziras is a food blogger at www.ahealthystory.com. She posts gluten-free, dairy-free and mostly sugar-free recipes, lifestyle and pop culture stories on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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  1. Sounds lovely!

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