Family. Sun. Fun. This basically sums up everyone's Fourth of July. Whether it is a small cookout with your immediate family, or a huge blast it is still super easy to stay healthy on your July 4th.
1. Sunscreen is Sexy
A lot of people adore a sun kissed look on their skin, but what many do not understand is that not all sun kissed looks are healthy. Did you know that exposing yourself to the sun for just a few hours can cause overexposure?
Something as "simple" as a sunburn is caused by overexposure of the sun. Sunburns are a reaction to the sun with symptoms that include tenderness, pain, swelling, reddening of the skin (ie: burn), and blistering. It could also be even more severe with giving flu like symptoms (fever, chills, and nausea *NOTE IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING THIS AFTER BEING IN THE SUN, PLEASE SEE A DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY*).
Too much exposure to the sun is quite horrible for your skin. It can cause premature wrinkles, skin cancer (Basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma), eye damage, and immune system disease.
"A sunscreen with SPF of 30 provides more protection compared with one with an SPF of 15 but it does not mean that the protection provided by the SPF 30 product against UVB rays is twice as much as that of the SPF 15 product." //source
On top of sunscreen, protecting yourself with a cute floppy hat and a kimono is a great way to keep those pesky rays off of you!
Also, just because it is cloudy doesn't mean you shouldn't protect yourself! Clouds have an effect on UV rays, which causes an enhancement of the UV. It is important to treat a cloudy day just as you would a sunny day.
Note from author: Please remember to reapply your sunscreen every hour if you are swimming.
2. Healthy is Happy
It is still incredibly easy to eat healthy at your barbeque! Try these healthy alternatives! You can replace your hotdogs with GRILLED AVOCADO! //source
A little pineapple never hurts, create a healthy kabob:
The best friend of side dishes - roasted vegetables, or marinade some shrimp for a healthy dish alternative!
3. Ditch the Drinking
It is no secret that alcohol dehydrates you. Not only does it make you tired faster, but it is complete empty calories! Try these easy-to-make mocktails!
- ½ grapefruit
- ¼ cup unsweetened lemonade
- ½ cup seltzer
Scoop out the 1/2 grapefruit into a blender, make sure to get all the juice in there as well. Blend until smooth and pour into a large glass. Add lemonade and seltzer and mix to combine. Serve over ice. //source
Sangria Punch (all ages friendly)
- 4 cups cold reduced-calorie cranberry juice cocktail
- 1 cup cold orange juice
- 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
- 3/4 cup lemonade or pink lemonade flavor drink mix
- 3 cups (cold) club soda
- 2 oranges, sliced
- 2 limes, sliced
Stir the first 4 ingredients in a 2-qt glass or plastic pitcher. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Add club soda and fruit, stir and serve in ice-filled glasses. //source
- Cranberry juice
- Blue Gatorade Frost
- Diet 7UP
- Ice Cubes
Fill the glass or drink dispenser with ice. Pour in the cranberry juice. Next, pour in the Blue Gatorade Frost, but make sure that you pour straight onto some of the ice to gently add the layer. If you pour it directly into the juice it will mix. Pour in the Diet 7Up the same way. You'll need to use drinks with varying amounts of sugar, since those that contain more sugar (such as soda) are denser than those with less (such as diet drinks). This makes the stacking possible. //source
4. Family Fun
One of everyone's favorite part of this special holiday is the family fun! It is always great to play outdoor games, swim, and do fireworks with the family. Here are some simple hacks to make it all the more special!
DIY your games!
Pinterest is filled with ideas to DIY some outdoor game projects. Doing this will let you customize it to what your family loves!
Make sure your pool is ready!
Have your pool set up with some fun (and perhaps relaxing) flotation devices. Perhaps you could even get some volleyballs to set up a fun game in the pool!
Keep the pets indoors!!
Our pets hearing is more sensitive than our own, so it is important to get your pets inside before setting off any fireworks. Here are some tips from The Humane Society:
Leave your pets with the TV on at a normal volume to dampen the noise.
Do not leave your pet in a parked car during the display. Temperatures inside a vehicle can rise to dangerous levels in minutes. Assume your car is over 20 degrees warmer on the inside than it is on the outside at all times.
Be sure your pet is wearing a collar and an identification tag.
Microchip your pet! Most pets that are lost are more easily found when microchipped!
Respect the Vets
Before setting off your fireworks, check your neighborhood to see if you have an military veterans with PTSD.
For more information, please visit http://militarywithptsd.com/an-explosion-of-kindness/
[Image credit: militarywithptsd.com]
Props to @lauren.bralczyk for helping me with ideas!
Feel free to share below what your holiday plans are! Are you hitting up the beach or having a fun pool party? Or maybe a low key cookout with the kids?