5 Sure Fire Ways To Screw Up Everyone’s Digestion On Vacation

by farrah on August 20, 2012 · 9 comments


We were on the road again with the crew last week. We left Monday from Greenville, SC to Detroit and it was our second adventure in flight. Not sure about you- but the two hours that we’re in the air sort of commences the utter gluttony and poor eating that we- as a family- continue to do the entire vacation.

First, there’s bribery. It all starts on the plane folks. I keep a Ziploc bag filled with suckers, drink boxes and other forbidden snacks at the ready should an intervention be necessary:

Second, once we hit Michigan- I toss all care over dietary nutrition out the window. I miss many of my old favorite restaurants- so whenever we head north I make my pilgrimage to my old haunts- kids in tow. Considering we rarely eat out at home- the rotation of  Olga’s, Big Boy, Cajun Joe’s and Gus’s  in one week is certainly one way to mess up everyone’s digestion. Moms know what that’s like, and when your kiddos are little that’s not difficult to do either.

Doesn’t it look like we’re totally under control here eating at Big Boy? Yeah. Notice my 3 year old’s plate is there.. but where is he?

Third, don’t stick to your regular meal eating routine. At home the boys are used to eating breakfast, lunch and dinner like clockwork. I thrive on schedule- it helps us run as a unit. At grandma’s, I had help pretty much all week which meant that I wasn’t in a rush, I didn’t have to stick to my schedule- and the meals weren’t occupying my thoughts the entire day. Breakfast was later, lunch might be earlier- and dinner… well, dinner was REALLY late a few times. In order to make it to dinner there were a couple of nights that I was giving them whatever I had in my purse to keep them happy until we ate. Not cool mom. Not cool at all.

Fourth, give snacks galore.  I was awful with this all week. I never really felt like I had a handle on the timing of the day so I was just doling out whatever I had to keep people happy in the car, on the walk downtown, and at some of our daily ‘activities’. I schlepped the boys around to an average of three outings a day for five days. There was quite a bit of snacking going on.

And finally, mess with their sleep schedule. I know, I know- it can’t really be avoided  when you’re on vacation. But you need to prepare yourself that it can quite possibly have effects beyond a cranky over-slept or under-slept child in the morning.

So what to do about all this? Well… before we left I packed some Culturelle for kids in the medicine bag.

I have used the powder packets in the past whenever we had some ‘back ups’ and trust it completely with the boys. This time we tried the chewables for kids as these were pretty easy (and handy) too. Since they are for children 50-100 lbs, I cut the tablets in half. I started the trip out by giving them each one in the morning and (not to be gross here) but had success by the following evening. I knew what they were in for during the week- so I thought I might be a little ‘proactive’ with the probiotics. Culturelle supports digestion by supporting the natural defenses, helps reduce occasional digestive upset and provides a solution for digestive discomfort and poor health.

And for what it’s worth, probiotics:

  • Boosts digestive health which in turn has a positive impact on overall health and immunity
  • Provides ongoing maintenance for a healthy digestive tract
  • 70% of your immune system is in your digestive tract so a healthy and balanced digestive system plays a vital role in strengthening your child’s overall health and well being

So needless to say- we remained ‘right on schedule’ with our digestion!

Sigh. At least something was.

If you’re not familiar with probiotics- educate yourself on them, especially if you have a little one or family member who suffers from the occasional tummy trouble. They’re available in pre-measured packets which can be put right in a beverage (flavorless) or in this berry chewable. We’ve been on board since my wise friend Jen told me about them ages ago and then they were seconded my by pediatrician.


I was compensated for this post but have always been a fan of Culturelle. All opinions expressed are my own.



{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kristen @ The Preppy Girl in Pink August 20, 2012 at 11:57 am

I really should try these for my gIrls. There are so many benefits to taking probiotics and one of them could definitely use the digestive aid. I’ll see if I can find a coupon and give these a try.


2 farrah August 21, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Usually you can find one- they’re fantastic. I have been using them with B since he was still on a bottle- good stuff.


3 Greta August 20, 2012 at 11:52 pm

That sounds like our vacations…especially with the gluten free girl. I never know when or where we’ll be at a restaurant that has food for her, so we snack A LOT. We’ve used Culterelle for her, too!


4 farrah August 21, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Isn’t it crazy? I can’t imagine how hard that must be to have to keep in mind the gluten free items. I go into survival mode on a trip and snacks help us get there.


5 Uncle Jimmy August 21, 2012 at 4:54 am

Hey, probiotics!…Home made sauerkruat comes to mind. I think your greatgrandfather made it each year and let it ferment under the back porch. How about dark chocolate? Miso soup? They’re all great and natural, dairy free and good for ya!


6 farrah August 21, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Oh I’m sure they are! But, um, are you forgetting that these are for your wee nephews? I don’t think that they’d be too fond of fermented sauerkraut!


7 Solon August 21, 2012 at 10:50 am

OK, I’m confused. Are you recommending Culturelle for those times when children occasionally have disrupted digestive tracts or are they part of the “forbidden snacks” bag?


8 farrah August 21, 2012 at 12:21 pm

I would be in big trouble if they were a part of the forbidden snacks! Culturelle is great to help regulate after a week or so of overindulgence- OR during the week- if you’d like to be proactive about it. What does your husband think? Our pedi has talked about them since early on with B and they have always helped us.


9 Solon August 21, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Jake spends every day treating sick and injured children so he has little tolerance for avoidable illnesses inflicted on children.


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