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5 Ways to Make Your Next Hotel Stay Healthier




Healthier Hotel Stay

My husband and I travel a lot.

It’s mostly for business, and we usually enjoy it, but what we don’t enjoy are the hotels. Bleach cleaners, mold, carpeting, polyester (plastic) sheets, old pillows. It’s a toxic load neither of us want on our bodies and neither of us look forward to. It’s one of the pieces of our own journey that led us to start Healthy Vacation Club, but we’ve had to learn how to cope with what’s available until we can cover the world with healthy vacation homes and hotels.

What do we do?

1. We choose better hotels.

We’ve tried a lot of hotels, unfortunately. We’ve been to highly rated resorts that had been soaked in bleach and large brand hotels covered in mold. Don’t be afraid to walk away, there are always more hotels. In our experience, we’ve always gotten our money back… even if it one time took 6 months and multiple calls.

Our main hotel has ended up being Hilton, basically because we’ve had the fewest problems there. Not surprisingly, we recently learned that:

“Gary Collinge, general manager of the Hilton Vancouver Airport, says all Hilton hotels follow standards regarding eco-friendly cleaning solutions, including non-toxic, non-phosphate, non-chlorine and biodegradable products.” – Hotelier Magazine

Apart from Hilton, we’ve also had pretty good luck with Hyatt and Marriott. Of course, they’re all far from perfect, and I wouldn’t call any of them “healthy”, but they are doing some good things that make it a bit easier for us to stay there compared to other hotels. I would love the opportunity to work with any of them to start pushing the hotel industry to a place more focused on wellness. For us, it’s not about competing, it’s about making change happen quickly in the vacation industry.

I still don’t love the chemicals, carpets, VOCs, polyester sheets, and chlorinated water, but at least my thyroid isn’t being attacked by chlorine bleach cleaners. And since I have Hashimoto’s, that’s important for me.

2. We cook our own food.

For longer stays we’ll book with a resort or long-term stay hotels that have a kitchen. They’ll often have stainless steel pans, but we usually pack small pan and wooden spatula just in case they only have Teflon pans and plastic spatulas. If we can drive to the hotel, then we always bring our Instant Pot Mini, regardless of if the hotel has a kitchen or not. We do always make sure we have a fridge in the room. Hilton has been good about being able to bring a fridge up to the room if there is none to begin with.

We also make sure we know where we’re going to buy food. That means, depending on which State we’re in, we look for a Sprout’s, Lucky’s Market, or Whole Foods, and pick a hotel in that area of the city. We book as close as possible to the event we’re attending, but for larger conferences like Natural Products Expo West, in LA, where we usually need to book a hotel that’s 5-7 miles from the event, we’ll pick the one that puts a Sprouts on our way to the hotel.

3. We bring our own air filter.

I like the Air Oasis filters. In addition to getting rid of the dust that many times is attached to flame retardants and other chemicals, the Air Oasis can also break up VOCs. Basically, ripping apart toxic chemicals into their base elements.

If we’re flying, we bring the travel-sized Air Oasis and if by car, we usually bring our Air Oasis 1000. Either way it’s the first thing we set up and turn on after checking in to the hotel.

4. We bring castile soap.

It’s something simple, but we don’t want to use scented hand soaps, body soaps, and dish soap (if we have a kitchen). Instead, we have a travel sized bottle of castile soap with us and use it for everything. My husband even uses it as toothpaste, but that’s just gross! 😉

5. We bring PJ’s and socks.

Admittedly, we’re not the best at remembering PJ’s, so we often improvise, but I think this one is worth mentioning. Since we’re sleeping on sheets that usually are made of polyester (plastic) and have been washed in chemicals we know nothing about, we like to have something to keep our bodies from absorbing all of that. Same goes for socks. I try to have socks with me even if I won’t be wearing any shoes that need socks. Being from Europe, where we don’t carpet rooms, I find them disgusting. Since we don’t know what powders and cleaners have been used on the carpet, we would rather protect our feet with socks.

Emelie Kamp is an entrepreneur, licensed nutritional counselor, wellness coach, green living coach, author of The Sugar Story, creator of the Dark Chocolate Diet and health industry consultant - working towards transforming the way we feel and the way we see ourselves. Be encouraged, be empowered, live your purpose.

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What is Your Motivation for Change?

“If you could change one thing in your life, what would that change be, and why?”

Eleanor Mariano



Change Motivation

Others have asked me likewise, and it was tough to pick just one out of a handful of them.

What stood out to me first, was the time my life changed when I first became a mother.

I felt the inevitable energy drops, the mood swings, the lack of motivation. Everything about me inside and out had changed. The glory of it all, was I had just experienced life at its finest — bearing life in my womb, and delivering life thereafter. That in it of itself is a unique experience parents have the privilege of experiencing. And that’s when my perspective of life changed. I was no longer living for myself. I was living to give to another.

How could I possibly give the best, if I was low in energy, run down, discouraged? I found myself scrambling for food or eating nothing at all trying to balance a marriage, ministry, motherhood, and a home. I knew something had to change. A month into motherhood, I gleaned wisdom and experience from good friends who were practitioners in whole body wellness and functional and holistic medicine. I learned how to see things differently with the human body and food, personal responsibility and cause and effect. How and what I was fueling my body with, was going to affect my output, and it would inevitably impact how I’d engage as a first time mom.

When I was pregnant, I took on the motto “Hey, I eat for 2!” and would indulge with liberty. Then my mindset changed, and I realized my health mattered not just for me, but for my son too. I wanted to be the best mom possible. Part of that, was dependent on how I was taking care of my mind, body and soul. That being said, I chose to take care of my health with this mindset, and set different habits that would benefit the way I took care of my family. In time, these habits eventually became a lifestyle, engraved into my family’s life today. When I became a mom, I learned that being a good steward of my body was no longer just because I was living for myself, but I was living for 2, and then came 3 more.

We have one mind, one body, one life, and a life full of people we get to love. What changes are you ready to make, so you can live and love at a greater capacity? Let’s do this!

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