COVID-19 Update: How to protect yourself. Click Here to Learn More.

Theme Park “Survival”

Survival Bars 20% OffIf you’re traveling with family this summer, today’s post is for you —

Especially if you’re headed to a theme park!

Theme parks are the world headquarters of the Standard American Diet (SAD) — you may want to plan a little more so you don’t ruin the results you’ve achieved on The Hallelujah Diet.

We asked Scott Laird, a member of our marketing team (and father of a 13-year-old and 9-year-old) to share what he and his family learned about being on The Hallelujah Diet when they visited a Florida theme park two summers ago. Here’s what he told us:


  • Plan each meal of your entire trip before you leave so that you won’t give into the spur-of-the-moment temptation of theme park junk food.
  • Choose a hotel room with a kitchen if you can; our family made it work with a standard room with a mini-fridge (it was cumbersome, but it worked).
  • Choose hotels with a free hot breakfast, not because you’ll eat the SAD breakfast items, but because these hotels have the best variety of breakfast fruit.
  • For breakfasts, pack Ezekiel Bread or gluten-free bread to toast in the hotel’s breakfast area toaster, Earth Balance or coconut oil instead of butter, and bring some almond butter, rolled oats (use hot water intended for tea in the breakfast area) and almond milk.
  • Give each family member two servings of BarleyMax before you head out for the day (it’s the only chance you’ll get). The easiest way is to make a funnel out of a piece of paper and pour it into bottled water.
  • Bring lots of healthy snacks in a backpack for morning and noon at the theme park (Disney parks allow outside food), then pack one mid-afternoon meal (including a large salad) for lunch/supper in a cooler (keep in your car). Or choose a healthy restaurant or one with a big, healthy salad bar like Golden Corral, for example.
  • Buy one 6-pack of bottled water (with sport bottle-style flip top) and refill with distilled water and Hallelujah Acres’ WaterMax supplement.
  • If you can’t find healthy options inside the theme park, ask for a vegetarian option (it’s often not on the menu). Some theme park restaurants have a “fixings bar” for burgers – use it like a salad bar to complement your vegetarian burger!

But the most important thing to remember, Scott says, is to pack Hallelujah Acres Survival Bars! If you’re too busy riding the attractions (or standing in line) to break for a meal, Survival Bars are the answer.

With 300 calories in each bar, no junk ingredients, and a ton of balanced nutrition with great flavor, they’re the best tasting meal you can pack in your pocket! (Click on the Survival Bar ad above and get 20% off right now!)

Scott says that even if you’re not planing on replacing a meal with Survival Bars, they’re great to have on hand in case things change throughout the day — and at a theme park, it’s more than likely! Click here for more vegan vacation tips!

[quote]What’s your best summer travel tip?
Scroll below the related articles to comment![/quote]


  1. Montanagirl June 5, 2013

    God is so good! The article, “Theme Park Survival” comes exactly at the right time and was a total pleasant surprise to me when I opened my Hacres email! We are planning a big trip at the end of summer to a theme park in Florida (very possibly the same one Scott Laird took his family to) and I have been biting my nails every day trying to figure out how to stay true to what I know is important to maintain my health while away from home. Thank you so very, very much for this great article. It helps me to see clearly that I don’t have to succumb to the SAD way of eating while visiting another part of the country. God bless you for bringing this timely article when I really needed it the most!

    • Scott Laird June 6, 2013

      My pleasure! Glad you enjoyed it. It really is possible to do this. Take advantage of the “fixings bar” to get your greens! 🙂

  2. Linda Watson June 9, 2013

    We just returned from the United Methodist Annual Conference that we attend every summer in Indianapolis. My husband and I were so impressed and pleasantly surprised with the restaurant at our hotel, the Hyatt Regency in downtown Indianapolis. I don’t know if every one is like this one was, but they had several vegan and vegetarian options. They had a great salad bar, and a pasta bar where the chef made your meal with the ingredients that you chose, several fresh veggies to choose from. For breakfast they had several fresh smoothies that they make each morning and even do juicing. I had the spinach, kiwi, grape, apple juice that they made fresh for me through their juicer. I asked if they had any whole grain bagels and they brought out a wonderful multi-grain bagel. For lunch I had a vegan cabbage roll and herbal tea. Our conference turned out to be great spiritually but was also very wonderful with eating healthy food.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.