Festival Life Tips: Maintaining Your Energy
Festivals are FUN. We all LOVE them. We dance, we mingle, we do yoga, we learn, and we stay up ALL NIGHT. Partying. By the last day and for sure by the time we come home we are wiped out, malnourished and need a whole new break just to integrate back into the daily grind. Our immune system and energy levels are depleted. Although they are naturally occurring systems and functions in our body, for the most part, they stay healthy and balanced when we are taking care of ourselves. These functions and systems don’t necessarily stay healthy when they are overworked and overcompensated and unfortunately, when we are having too much fun, aka forgetting to take care of ourselves, our immune system and energy levels drop.
So, how about making the festival experience more of an opportunity to nurture ourselves? An experience that allows us to stay fully hydrated, nourished and energized? We want to share a few Medicinal Foods tips and products that help make that happen.
When I go to festivals I like to bring a collection of fruits, veggies and products that supplement my snacks. Since I began using Medicinal Food Products I have selected a few products I travel with and came up with some pretty fun recipes that I consume throughout the day.
First of all, I want to mention some of the fruits and I take with me, their benefits and the different ways you can prepare them to give you an idea of their versatility. Please note that I do bring a cooler with ice and ice packs to keep these ingredients fresh and in good condition. I make sure to eat the hummus and most perishable items first and I make a variety of different meals with the same ingredients:
– Hydrating, alkalizing. Fights heat inside and out. Flushes out toxins, Revives the eyes if you need it and helps cool sunburn. 😉 Aids in weight loss. Full of vitamins A, B and C. You can eat them in salads, lemonades, or dip into hummus and sauces. My friends and I bring several boxes of cucumbers to dip into our yummy home made or store bought sauces and dips.
– Hydrating, alkalizing. Cleanses your bowels for those of you feeling constipation at festivals. Dissolves uric acid and liquifies bile. A liver detoxifier. Rich in Vitamin C and Potassium. Powerful antibacterial properties. Rub into strands of your hair and let the sunshine do it’s magic for some natural highlights. Eat in salads, drink in lemonades first thing in the morning and throughout the day, add to guacamole, make tea.
– Alkalizing, natural healthy fats. The fats in avocado help you absorb the nutrients
in your food. Rich in potassium. High in fiber. Loaded with powerful antioxidants that protect the eyes. Nourishing and filling. Eat in salads, make guacamole, eat as a snack by itself or as a side to accompany any other snack.
– A source of protein, high in fiber, potassium and iron. Bring as a hummus, add to salads as a hummus or bean, make dips or cook into a curry or stir fry. You can either bring home cooked garbanzos in a tightly sealed container or organic canned beans.
– Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, boosts immune system, improves digestion and helps with nausea. Eat fresh in salads and guacamole. Boil for drinking in ginger tea. Eat alone as medicine for sore throat or immune system and digestive weakness.
– Considered a “miracle liquid” since it helps build up the body’s immune defenses. High in saturated fatty acids such as lauric acid. Helps build muscle and lose fat. Increases energy since it is filled with nutrients such as magnesium and potassium. Coconut milk nourishes the the digestive lining and improves gut health and conditions like IBS. Provides electrolytes and helps prevent fatigue. Use as a creamer for tea, hot chocolate, as a base for cereal or oatmeal. Make hot or cold drinks. You can also use it in soups and curries.
I travel with these ingredients because they can be used for a variety of meals throughout the day and keep you hydrated, nourished and alkalized. Below are the Medicinal Foods products I like to sprinkle on top, blend into, or drink along with the above ingredients. (See the recipes in this full moon’s newsletter for some ideas).
– Boosts energy and immune system, helps with asthma and bronchitis. Helps with high blood pressure and high cholesterol. You can sprinkle Reishi Mushroom on your salads, dips, crackers, in your morning chai or coffee, or in your smoothies. Click here for our festival recipe with Reishi Mushroom
– Improves respiratory health. Boosts energy. Boosts immune system. Helps detoxify the body and increases kidney strength. Helps with sexual dysfunction in men. Cordyceps can be added to your dips, breakfast cereals, drinks, salads, etc., Click here for our festival recipe with Cordyceps
– Is one of the most bio-available products on the market. With its organic fermented grasses, veggies, herbs, probiotics and enzymes you’ll find yourself feeling hydrated, nourished, energized and ready to go. This is an amazing mix that can be added to water, smoothies, desserts, and more! Click here for our festival recipe with Living Greens
– Loaded with antioxidants, nutrients, mood enhancers and plant protein. Can be used as a meal replacement to begin dropping pounds of unwanted colon matter. A morning Cacao Elixir can give you great energy for your day. You can also add it in smoothies, breakfast cereals, on fruits etc.,
Enjoy these tips and recipes and stay healthy for the rest of this festival season!