Get ready Austinites, traffic is about to get cray-to the zay-zay. It's SXSW, which means non-stop learning, music, and movies. It also means shitty food, not enough sleep, and too much alcohol. Even if you don't live in Austin, chances are you will find yourself in a similar concert, festival or party scenario. Check out these quick tips to make sure you refuel and get out alive (with relatively the same pants size).
Add Electrolytes to Your Water
Electrolytes keep your body in balance and help regulate hydration, so taking them after a long night of drinking may alleviate hangover symptoms (depending on your level of party - don't take it to an unsaveable place). When looking for an electrolyte mix, opt for potassium, sodium, chloride, and magnesium.
Coconut water is a great option as it is rich in sodium, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus, and it’s easy to find when you are out and about. Raw coconut water is best, and make sure to look for a brand with coconut water as the only ingredient. You might consider sharing it or only drinking half - most coconut water is very high in sugar (aim for 5g or less per serving if possible).
Speaking of water, bring a water bottle or better yet: wear a CamelBak. Yes, I know it clashes with your festival clothes, but you can easily take it off when you're posing for IG. Nothing makes photos look better than hydrated skin...
Eat Baby Food
Optimize your nutrition by eating veggie pureed baby food. It’s easy to carry and easy to eat for quick, high-quality nutrients. You might get some crazy looks, but you’ll have the last laugh! And it's a convenient pouch... think Capri-Sun for health nerds.
Brands I love: Plum Organics, Earth’s Best Organic
Bring Healthy Bars
Look for bars with 5g of sugar or less, and make sure to check out the ingredient list. Don’t recognize the ingredient or can’t pronounce it? Chances are your body won’t recognize it either!
My recommendations: EPIC jerky bars, Oatmega grass-fed whey bars, KIND bars
Take a Cat Nap
30 minutes refreshes you, but anything longer is proven to make you more fatigued. Set a timer on your phone and don’t hit snooze!
Take a Cold Shower
This icy morning ritual resets your nervous system, helps to prevent colds, minimizes inflammation and helps you recover faster. It also increases mood and energy, plus it’s great for circulation! Take a hot shower and at the very end, turn the water all the way to cold. Start with staying under for 90 seconds (it helps to scream and dance around). This will feel like a healthy cup of coffee straight to your veins.
Be Ruthless With Your Time & Energy
This is true always, but just a reminder to take some inventory throughout the week. Sure, you've been looking forward to it. Yes, "everyone" is there. But if you're exhausted and/or not even having fun, standing in a crowd eating and drinking crap isn't going to be worth it. It's supposed to be fun. Not having fun? Bail, refresh, and you can always come back later.
Weekly Cookup: Where I share my weekly batch cooking plan so you save time and follow my lead
As I become more and more pregnant, I'm finding I care less and less about being creative in the kitchen. Sorry to repeat so many meals, but I find as long as I'm eating healthy I'm not minding the repetition. I'll put more effort in for us next week!
Pork Loin in slow cooker with apples, onions, and Sauteed Green Beans with slivered almonds
On the Grill: chicken thighs, roasted potatoes, spring onions, tomatoes, and Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Burgers (grilled same time as last meal) over Salad with Pickles and Thousand Island dressing
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