The laid back vibe of summer offers lots of opportunity to get outside and be active both of which are so important to your overall health and wellness.
Here are a few more super simple tips to help you look and feel your best all summer. These are 3 (+1) of my go-to never fail strategies to keep me energized even when the temperature soars.
Make sure to read to the end for details on my upcoming End Of Summer Self Care Retreat – the ultimate way to nurture your body and soul this summer.
Eat Your Greens
Get 2-4 cups of green leafy veggies per day, the top two ways to do this are:
- in your morning smoothie include one cup of greens
- have a salad each day, even a small side salad will ensure you get 1-2 cups of greens (kale salad link)
A 2013 study from the University of Otago found that college students tended to feel calmer, happier, and more energetic on days they ate more fruits and veggies. It can be hard to tell which came first—upbeat thoughts or healthy eating—but the researchers found that healthy eating seemed to predict a positive mood the next day.
Go Green my friends!
“Every thankful moment makes me healthier” Deepak Chopra
According to Dr Chopra, scientific evidence now points to the fact that by directing our awareness towards gratitude, our entire mind-body system is automatically oriented towards greater health and balance.
One of my post popular blog posts gives you a simple outlook on life that is sure to raise your spirits and get you into an attitude of gratitude
“There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right. Think good thoughts for the ones who don’t. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is part of LIFE…Getting back up is LIVING… ”
Full article here
Suggested water intake is 8-12 cups per day, the easiest way to achieve this is to drink one cup of water for each hour you are awake. This is especially important in warmer summer weather when you perspire more
Water has so many benefits: healthier skin, teeth, bones, joints, healthier digestive system, reduces fatigue, reduces fluid retention, helps build muscle.
Water also helps with weight loss:
Water can suppress appetite naturally and increases the body’s ability to metabolize stored fat.
Many studies have shown that a decrease in water intake will cause fat deposits to increase, while an increase in water intake can actually reduce fat deposits.
This is thought to occur because a reduction in water decreases the efficiency of the kidneys, which results in some kidney functions being shunted to the liver. Since one of the liver’s primary functions is to metabolize stored fat into usable energy for the body, it metabolizes less fat while performing functions normally performed by the kidneys. This results in less stored fat burned, and a reduction in weight loss.
Since one of the liver’s primary functions is to metabolize stored fat into usable energy for the body, it metabolizes less fat while performing functions normally performed by the kidneys. This results in less stored fat burned, and a reduction in weight loss.
Take Time To Retreat
Every summer I try to find just a few days to myself to retore and renew. Life is so, so busy and it’s easy to get caught up with other peoples demands and forget what’s most important to YOU.
This year my Powerful Woman Self Care Retreat is taking place August 24-27 at the Shanti Retreat on Wolfe Island, just outside Kingston, Ontario. This is three nights and four days just for you; yoga, meditation, nourishing food, hammocks, sunsets, sunrise, and the company of like-minded women.
To learn more about this special retreat Click Here