Did you have so much fun this weekend? Or maybe most of the summer? I enjoyed an awesome vacation in August. We relaxed, had fun and ate a variety of foods.
Tips for time away:
- Drink lots of water. I carried my water bottle and filled it often to insure I drank what I needed. Benefits of staying hydrated include better digestion and not drinking sugary beverages.
- Plan ahead. I brought my protein powder with me to quickly mix prior to an early morning workout. It’s not as tasty as my typical smoothies at home, but I started the day right. I also planned my meals so that I wouldn’t make impulse choices. I allowed flexibility to keep it fun and interesting.
- Walk, relax, have fun. I mixed it up so that I had quiet time to read, enjoy the scenery AND participated in rafting on the river in Alaska.
- Allow for a recovery day to unpack, do laundry, mail, business tasks and errands. AND to prepare a healthy meal. I suggest a one pan meal. We had pot roast that provided leftovers. I am notorious for cramming too much in and not planning space for this. What a difference!
- Drink water and move the body. Even though I was tired after a long travel day, I hopped on my elliptical machine and felt energized. Water again, I know. But it DOES make a help with digestion.
- Eat cleansing foods. Lots of fruits and veggies. I’ll share a couple recipes in this post that are simple and tasty.
- Reflect on your great experience. Plan the next one. One of the best ways to avoid the letdown from a vacation is to have the next one planned or in the works.
- Digestion – insoluble fiber is like a broom in your intestines
- Brain function – studies have shown cognitive function improves with omega 3s
- Bones – chia seeds are especially high in minerals calcium, phosphorous and magnesium
- Inflammation – reducing inflammation may improve blood pressure, blood sugar, and autoimmune diseases
- Skin – antioxidants help protect against skin damage
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