Have you ever felt like you needed a week vacation from your long weekend?
I certainly have and was determined not to feel this way after this long weekend nor did I want to deprive myself of the fun that usually causes that feeling. It is the day after and I feel great, have lots of energy and have had a productive day!
What did I do on my long weekend you ask? I spent from Friday evening to Monday evening on a 36 foot boat sailing to 3 different ports on Lake Ontario with 3 other adults and a Black Labrador! It was over 30 degrees Celsius everyday on shore with no air conditioning on the boat. Gin and Tonics made games of Scrabble more lively as the sun went down and the Labrador was up at 4.30 am as the sun came up. There may have a been a few glasses of wine over the BBQ as well!
Here are some tips to help you feel your best after a long weekend.
Salads for Lunch!
A few months ago, through my friend and registered dietitian Kelly Greer, I was introduced to Mason Jar Salads. They have been my go to for being healthy during the week so I thought I would try them on the weekend. I was a little concerned about the glass jars and keeping them upright while being jostled around on a boat but I found a corner in the cooler that suited them perfectly. These salads were nutritious and delicious. Easy to prepare in advance and even easier to serve on the boat. If you are interested in these salads check out https://nutrigal.ca/mason-jar/.
Feeling tired and hungry can be a sign of dehydration which can also lead to head aches and muscle aches. Keeping hydrated is really important especially in the sun and humidity. Drinking lots of water does not always do the trick – more nutrients are needed to absorb the hydration. Also as in cottages and RVs, the toilets on boats can be less than desirable so the willingness to hydrate is diminished!!
I was thrilled when Arbonne came out with the PhytoSport Line and there was a drink that was specifically for hydration. I use PhytoSport Complete Hydration every day out in the sun and even for a day or two after to make sure I am hydrated and full of energy. It only has 6g of sugar compared to Gatorade and Powerade which have 34 grams of sugar and are intended for 350 NFL Linebackers. It provides antioxidant support and has a blend of botanicals of ginseng, cayenne and turmeric that support circulation and decreases inflammation.
There is much controversy over sunscreen these days. Too much sun exposure is bad but the chemicals in sunscreen can be worse for you than the sun. Sun can cause aging but we need Vitamin D. Chemical based sunscreens are also being banned by places in Hawaii, Australia and others who have fragile coral reef environments. The chemicals in the sunscreen worn but divers and snorkelers are harming these environments so if you want to swim there you will need to have a mineral based sunscreen. I have struggled to find a sunscreen that does not irritate or dry out my skin or cause me to break out! Click here for a great article from the Suzuki foundation on how to choose a good sunscreen.
Where do I get a sunscreen that fits this criteria – you ask? Arbonne has the solution for you – a mineral based sunscreen for both face and body. It is too new to be on the EWG list but adheres to all the standards listed in the above article and then some!
Don’t just take it from me, take it from one of the best rated naturopaths in Toronto, Dr. Jean- Jacques Douga or Dr. JJ as we all know him. “Thanks for the great sunscreen I got from you which doesn’t irritate sensitive skin. My family including my daughter (2 Years old) are using it right now!”. Click here to check out Dr JJ and the awesome work done at the Liberty Clinic.
I have often come away from these weekends feeling like a fried tomato but this weekend I am glowing with healthy colour!
In closing, long weekends are meant to recharge your batteries and fill your cup. Short work weeks can take all that self care away with the stress of trying to fit 5 days worth of work into 4. Stress is one of the most harmful things to our bodies so the more we can do to take care of ourselves to protect that self care and minimize stress the better off we will be. Try incorporating these tips for the next holiday you take – your body will thank you for it!
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