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5 ECO-HEALTHY CAMPING TIPS

With summer camping getting off to a beautiful start, we wanted to pass on some quick tips to help keep you healthy as you relax and enjoy the great outdoors.

1. ECO-FRIENDLY SUNSCREENS
I always thought that all sunscreens were good for our bodies and the earth – I mean they are meant to “protect us”, right? Turns out they are not all as great as they claim to be. Our skin is the largest organ in our body, and generally absorbs what we put on it. Check out the EWG’s website where they have done all the work in researching the best/worst sunscreens for you and the environment.

Environmental Working Group Sunscreen Guides

Preventing your skin from burning is important , but if it does, here’s a nice link to a DIY herbal after-sun spray. We haven’t tried it ourselves, but it looks like a great way to help your skin and minimize exposure to toxins. If you’re not into making your own herbal remedies, even Aloe vera gel alone can really help to soothe and repair sun-damaged skin.

http://herbalacademyofne.com/2014/07/4-ways-to-prevent-a-sunburn-naturally-a-diy-sunburn-relief-spray/

2. INSECT REPELLANT

We know that insect repellant is meant to repel bugs, and I have to say I’m always grateful for it amongst a swarm of mosquitos. But exposure to DEET isn’t the best option for you or the environment, so we found an article detailing other options. It also includes a recipe to make your own repellant at home with 10% lemon eucalyptus oil.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/05/25/natural-insect-repellents.aspx

3. PREPARE AHEAD

Camping is a blast, and it’s even more relaxing when you’ve prepared yummy foods from home that you can just pull out of your cooler. It’s okay to have an occasional hotdog, but try to mix it up with some healthy salads and snacks to keep your digestion working well and to keep you feeling good. Simple carbs like buns, chips and other snack foods tend to be high in sugar and trans fats, but low in nutrients and fiber. This can make you more tired, grumpy, and constipated – not so fun when on vacation!

Here are a couple ideas for healthy camping salads:

Quinoa Salad with Black Kale – keeps for days! And use any kale you like.  http://honeyandvanilla.squarespace.com/recipes/2012/3/14/quinoa-salad-with-black-kale.html

Greek Salad http://greek.food.com/recipe/kittencals-famous-greek-salad-66596

For those who have the new “The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook”. by Alissa Sergersten and Tom Malterre, MS CN. This cookbook is a staple in my kitchen. They have a great Picnic Potato Salad on page 244.  These all keep well in a cooler and are full of antioxidants to protect your skin and body. There are many healthy easy salads to prepare found in this book and the internet that you can bring in your eco-friendly reusable containers.

4. SNACKS

Trust us – preparing some of these delicious but healthy snacks ahead of time will keep you and the family happy (literally !), as your blood sugars won’t be bouncing up and down. This can be especially helpful when trying to set up camp after a long drive, when everyone is tired and just wants to relax. Pop some energy balls into your mouth and all will be well!  And you will have less trash when you limit store bought snacks which is good for our environment.

Here’s a link you may enjoy to great snack ideas and an energy ball recipe from the folks at Whole Life Nutrition:

http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2008/11/gluten-free-snacks.html

5. EAT ANTIOXIDANTS

Dr Joe knows that the inside of your body is just as important as the outside, so to help protect your skin , it’s not just the sunscreen that matters. When we eat foods high in antioxidants, they help to minimize and repair sun damage, and help keep skin healthy and vibrant. Vegetables and fruits are naturally high in antioxidants , so eat up! But in case you’re curious, here’s a list of some of the top 6 antioxidant foods to bring along on your trips this summer.

1. BERRIES
2. DARK GREEN VEGETABLES
3. GARLIC
4. ORGANIC GREEN TEA
5. TOMATOES
6. NUTS
7. SWEET POTATOES

And remember keep hydrated to continue to have a healthy camping weekend!  Have fun!  To book an appointment with Dr Joe, visit the online booking page.

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