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Your Guide to a Healthy Long Weekend

Posted: Aug 30, 2018

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Your Guide to a Healthy Long Weekend

The long weekend is fast approaching! With an extra day off and the coming 4 day work week, schedules and normal routine can get lost. Whether you are heading out of town on vacation, expecting visitors or just relaxing with some family and friends, planning ahead can make your weekend activities that much more enjoyable.

 

 

Pack those snacks

 

Having some quick and convenient food, regardless of where you are is essential to avoiding the dreaded “hangry” phase. Eating every 3-4 hours can also help prevent overeating at subsequent meals and allow you to make healthier choices. Give these portable and nutritious snacks a try this weekend (*note: some of these snacks will need to be kept in a cooler if traveling for more than 1 hour):

 

  • Nuts (ex. almonds, walnuts, peanuts, cashews, etc.). You can find some great trail mixes at Bulk Barn or make your own!
  • Babybel cheese and fruit
  • Greek yogurt
  • Cottage cheese (they make individually sized containers!)
  • Individually sized tins of tuna with crackers
  • Hummus and vegetables
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Homemade energy bites

 

Keep hydrated

 

Making sure you drink enough water is imperative to your health. Not only does it help prevent dehydration (symptoms can include thirst, headache, dizziness, dark yellow urine, low blood pressure and increased heart rate), but it can help move nutrients through your body, protect your joints and organs and control your body temperature. Daily fluid intake recommendations vary depending on many factors such as age, gender, activity level and environment but they typically range between 7 and 12 cups per day.

 

Catch your Z’s

 

These long weekends are very eventful and exciting but they can leave you feeling more drained than rejuvenated. Be sure to take full advantage of not having to wake up to get ready for work. Get sufficient sleep throughout your time off so that you are well rested and ready to take on anything that comes your way!

 

Don’t leave an empty home

 

One of the more stressful things coming off of a weekend is thinking about what to have for lunch and/or dinner the next day. When we leave town or have a lot going on for a few days, it’s common that the food in the fridge either gets used up or (unfortunately) goes bad. You are then left with very limited options of a few non-perishable cans of beans for the next day’s meals. And although we are all for increasing your plant based protein, it would be nice to have some fresh foods to add to the mix! To ease your mind and set yourself up for success on Tuesday, make a quick trip to the grocery store right before you leave town or get wrapped up in the chaos. Most food won’t go bad in 2-3 days if kept properly in the fridge and you will be happy there are some eggs, fruit and veggies available to start the short week off in a healthy way.

 

Enjoy the long weekend!