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4 Ways to Bounce Back After Summer Holidays

I don’t know about you guys, but I have a hard time not going a little overboard during summer holiday weekends.  4th of July is one of my all time favorite holidays (eating, swimming, drinking, bikinis, fireworks… what else matters really?)  and this year I paired it with an amazing weekend away in western Virginia for my 10-year friendiversary with some of my best pals.  Even though I packed the healthy gluten-free snacks and tried to pace myself, when your friends are making some incredible food/drinks, it’s hard to stick to your optimal health routine.  Which is totally ok from time to time.  More than ok even, I think it’s healthy in itself to say “Fuck it” sometimes.

The view from Friendiversary!

The view from Friendiversary!

But you know, eventually the weekend ends, and the real world comes crashing down on you in the form of hangovers, nausea, headaches, fatigue and general fogginess.  And it's not just 4th of July.  Sometimes in the summer it feels like there's an event every weekend that includes food and booze!

So in the spirit of getting “back on track,” here’s what I’m doing now to recover:

Drink a crapload of water.  Particularly, water infused with lemon and cucumbers, which aids in hydration and adds extra vitamins and minerals without even trying.  Also it tastes awesome and is great if you don’t particularly like the taste of plain water.

Detox Tea. Give your liver some love after all it’s done for you this past weekend (or you know, your whole life).  I love to keep some detox tea on hand after weekend full of bbq’s and parties, Yogi makes a great blend.

Extra Rest.  It’s the ever persisting feeling of needing a vacation from your vacation, but there’s something to it.  When you break out of your normal routine it’s awesome for your brain, spirit, and body, but can also be extra exhausting.  Cut yourself some slack and make sure you get enough rest during your recovery days.  Need help? Check out my post about getting yo beauty sleep!

Clean up your diet.  During the summer, I let myself indulge a little during the weekends, and try to eat really nutrient dense meals during the week.  It’s my way of keeping some balance.  What should you eat?  Everyone is different, but generally I try to get a good serving of high quality protein (local/free range meat, eggs, nuts, beans, legumes, etc) and a ton of fresh veggies.  It’s summer, so take advantage of all the awesome stuff that’s in season now!  My favorite summer plates are usually 1/3 protein and 2/3 veggies.  Recently, Desmond and I made rosemary chicken, with a heaping portion of roasted zucchini from the farmers market and sautéed garlic kale.  So. Good.

What do you do in the days after a long holiday weekend?  Let me know in the comments below!

 

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4 Ways to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice, or Midsummer, is fast approaching in the Northern Hemisphere.  This day, June 21st, marks the longest day of the year before the days begin to shorten again as we head towards winter. 

For me, it’s a little bit of a drag.  I LOVE summer.  I really probably belong somewhere where it’s warm all the time, because winter generally really bums me out.  So for me, when Memorial day comes, a part of me is all “YAY SUMMER POOLS OCEAN HEAT TINY DRESSES YES” and the other part of me is lamenting the fact that since it’s now unofficially summer, it means that it won’t always be summer, and that summer will, in fact, end.

Not a great way to live, huh?  The way I’ve been doing it, I probably am not enjoying summer to the fullest because I’m too worried about it ending!

So this time, I’m trying really hard to take each day as it is, remember to have gratitude for the current moment whether it’s June 1st or Sept 1st, and to just celebrate as much as I can. 

I’m super excited to be heading back home to the shore to spend the solstice with my mom and a few friends, so I wanted to share a few ways to really celebrate the longest day of the year.  Solstice is a time of reconnecting with the earth, and yourself.  This means checking in with your body, mind, spirit and surroundings.

Here are 4 ways to celebrate the sun this day:

Fire Be it a backyard bonfire, your charcoal grill or a candle in your apartment, fire is a great way to center yourself and connect to the universe (whatever that means to you.) Light up a fire and say a quick affirmation (this is one of my favs from Louise Hay)

 

Potluck  Food.  That’s it.

No but really, a potluck with friends/family is an awesome way to really connect with your loved ones, and to re-establish a sense of community.  Make it a picnic in the park, or a BBQ out in the back yard, this is a super easy way to have an awesome gathering.  The plus side? No one person is responsible for all the cooking!

Make Something Maybe it’s a special recipe for that potluck we just talked about.  Or something you’ve been meaning to do in the garden.  Or a craft from your ever growing Pinterest board of things you could just buy but you KNOW you could do it yourself!

 

Even if it looks like this, doing something with your hands is therapeutic, relaxing, and grounding.  Bonus points if your handiwork involves natural materials. 

Check In With Yourself  Take a moment to check in with your body.  Is there something going on that needs to be tended to? Aches and pains that have gone unchecked?  Mental health? Now’s a good time to recommit to your wellness goals (New Years Resolutions anyone?) and make those Dr’s appointments, schedule some exercise, hey, maybe even hire a health coach! 

What are your plans for the longest day of the year?  Share in the comments below!

 

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