With a massive increase in staycations this year for obvious reasons, many of us are disappointed at not being able to plan our annual ‘get-away’.
However, maybe just changing our mindset can make us realise that staying at home can be hugely fun too.
Clinical nutritionist, Suzie Sawyers shares some wonderfully healthy and fun staycation tips.
Cocktails often remind us of holidays and fun times so why not get your mix on at home? Cocktails are traditionally very sugary and calorific which can bring on feelings of guilt and dampen down the enjoyment. But all is not lost because there are many ways you can enjoy cocktails without the guilt pangs!
Why not mix up a great summertime Skinny Margarita? Simply use Tequila, Triple Sec, freshly squeezed lime juice and some freshly squeezed ruby or pink grapefruit juice. Finish off with a wedge of lime. Grapefruit has been associated with weight loss, and whilst simply eating or drinking grapefruit juice is not going to solve all your weight issues, it’s low in calories and sugar, high in fibre, and, most importantly, a delicious addition to this margarita!
Eat Mediterranean food
You might not be in the Med but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some of their delicious traditional recipes, without spending hours in the kitchen. Think about a traditional Turkish Mezze which is both easy and can be super-healthy too. Plus, it makes a great sharing platter for entertaining friends and family.
Dips and hummus always play a key role in any mezze plate. Traditional hummus is made from chickpeas which are loaded with protein, energising B-vitamins and phytoestrogens for hormone balancing. Create a beetroot dip (an amazing super food), mixed with garlic and natural yoghurt, and throw together a traditional olive salad, with fresh green leaves and feta cheese. Roast some red peppers and include loads of crudities and toasted pittas to fully enjoy the dips. A great way of bringing the Med to you!
Spend time outdoors
Holidays are very much associated with being outdoors, so make sure your staycation doesn’t disappoint on that front. Why not try some new activities? Or head for the coast and do some water sports; paddle boarding is incredibly popular right now and can be mastered fairly quickly.
Bike rides are a great family activity and enable you to view places you might not otherwise see, and from a different scenic perspective. Lots of landmarks and views can get missed on car journeys so get out and about on foot to explore your local area.
It’s not all about rushing about; having some down time is very important for overall health and wellbeing. Life has been and continues to be stressful for many people and long-term stress can raise cortisol levels. Symptoms such as anxiety, irritability, poor sleep and unwanted weight gain are all signs your stress hormones need support.
To be effective and properly restful, you need to give yourself real ‘down-time’. Whether that’s just reading a book or listening to some music in the garden find something that works for you. You can also try taking an adaptogenic herb such as ashwagandha which helps manage stress and reduces cortisol levels. Holidays are all about investing in some ‘you’ time, so make this happen.
Most important! Staying at home doesn’t have to be dull. Like any holiday it needs a little planning so that you really enjoy the time you have, and you can look back and feel you’ve had a proper break.
Why not plan the days with a calendar in front of you? Research local attractions for day trips, catch up with friends and family if you can, and do things that you wouldn’t generally get time to do.
Whatever you decide, you deserve some time off. So, make the most of every staycation moment!
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