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Kickstart Your Resolution to be Healthy in St. Lucia

So you've made your New Year's resolution to live a healthier lifestyle. However, overhauling your diet or changing your ways can be pretty challenging to do without some drastic measures. Surrounded by the same temptations, in the same setting & with the consistent everyday stressors that might trigger bad habits, it's easy to get derailed.

That's where a luxury vacation to St. Lucia comes in. While you may not initially think that jetting off to an exotic island will help you stick to your new resolution, a trip here can definitely offer you a fresh perspective. Not only will you clear your mind & focus on your goals, but you'll recharge your energy, discover new kinds of healthy cuisine & be on a better track for success with your goals.

Ready to vacation your way to a better you? Whether you're planning a trip solo, coming with a friend or taking your significant other, here are some tips for your trip:

Stay Your get-fit getaway starts with a resort that can cater to all your needs, whether it's embracing a new kind of exercise or adhering to your own established regimen. Sandals Regency La Toc offers an endless variety of activities to keep you moving, no matter your interests or preferences. The fitness center has a vast array of state-of-the-art equipment, & even offers exciting Aqua-Fit & Aerobics classes to keep you motivated. If you're looking to step outside your comfort zone in the gym, however, this resort also provides a bevy of land & water sports that are bound to pique your interest. Go windsurfing, snorkeling or scuba diving or even hop on a hydrobike & ride around in the crystal clear Caribbean waters. Of course, you could also play a round of beach volleyball or engage in an exciting tennis match by night at the on-site court.

A big part of realizing your healthiest self is detoxification. So be sure to take advantage of the rejuvenating treatments at Sandals Regency La Toc's Red Lane Spa. The Caribbean Sea Mud Wrap sloughs off the top layer of your skin while infusing it with micronized seaweed for maximum hydration. Then, you'll be wrapped in thermal blankets to seal in moisture & draw out the toxins & impurities in your system.

Eat There's no shortage of spectacular restaurants in St. Lucia, & some of them provide a healthy approach to cuisine that will help you stay on track with your diet. Stop by the laid-back Café Olé in Rodney Bay to fuel up in the morning with a fruit parfait with Greek yogurt & granola, or hang here for a light lunch, like a Mediterranean bean salad with rocket. Don't miss the delicious array of all-natural smoothies & fresh-pressed juices. The breakfast vanilla protein smoothies are both satiating enough to be a meal, & the vitamin booster juice is packed with fruits & vegetables that will give you energy for the entire afternoon.

When it comes time for dinner, consider making a reservation at The Coal Pot, a chic restaurant right on the water across the bay from Castries. All of the entree fish dishes, such as dorado, snapper, kingfish & barracuda, come with fresh vegetables, salad & your choice of flavorful sauces, but the ginger & lemon garlic are highlights. 

A visit to the elegant Dasheene at the Ladera Resort is also a must for a romantic dinner, with awe-inspiring views of the Pitons & an innovative menu. Authentic dishes like Caribbean lamb salad & roasted conch with vegetables in a yam basket are hearty & healthy, & all of the ingredients have been sourced from local farms & plantations.

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