Five summer tips for the cottage, camping and even a backyard poolside escape!
You’ve booked time off work. Bought the cutest bikini. Picked up a stack of magazines to read while you’re at the cottage or sitting on the beach. But there are a few other things to think about before you hit the road (or the pool) this summer.
Sometimes the car ride is far too long and the cottage-bound traffic is just too much. In addition to annoying you, it can irritate the stomach. Gravol can be a quick solution and it also comes as a natural non-drowsy formula with ginger! Life Brand’s Anti-Nausea Wristbands are a great drug-free option. They look like sweat bands with a button that sits just inside the wrist and applies pressure on acupressure points to stop your stomach from churning. (Plus, they can be used on kids 12 and older!).
The family picnic should be stress-free, so make cleaning up easier on yourself. Disposable cups and plates are a no brainer, but to avoid any green guilt, go for compostable dishes. Bio Life creates biodegradable paper plates and plastic cups that are made from corn. They will take less time to break down and decompose than other plastic dishes.
Load Up on Protein
Nothing says “road trip” better than pop and chips. But, let’s be honest: it’s not the healthiest choice. Nuts and sparkling water can be a tasty alternative – and will be more satisfying because of the protein content. A small handful of Everyday Market Seasoned Dry Roasted Peanuts has 13 grams of protein for 310 calories. (A serving of chips only has 2 grams of protein).
With winter over and summer beginning, it’s time to dust the cobwebs off. Engaging in summer sports like baseball and soccer can take a beating on muscles and joints. Acetaminophen, like Tylenol, can stop pain, and ibuprofen, like Advil, can help reduce inflammation. An icepack can stop swelling. But there are also topical creams and patches, like Icy Hot, that work to help muscles heal. Don’t forget to take a relaxing bath with epsom salts!
Tons of bacteria, such as E. coli and Salmonella can survive on surfaces that have come in contact with raw meat, from plates to hands. According to Health Canada, one in eight Canadians will get food-borne illness. To prevent it from happening to you, wash your hands when cooking, and clean up utensils and surfaces with soap and water when dealing with raw and cooked foods. Make sure everything is fully cooked before serving and don’t leave it out to sit.