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4 Healthy Hacks for the 4th of July

by Sunnie Sabol

4 Healthy Hacks for the 4th of July, Thrive Acupuncture & Integrative Health in Brookfield WI

Happy 4th of July! This is my favorite holiday, I know it sounds a little crazy but I love summer and fireworks so this holiday has all the things I love with out the stress of shopping for that "perfect gift." 

Because this is my favorite holiday I have some hacks to help you stay on a healthy track and still enjoy every minute of your summer get togethers. 

1. Drink more water, Hydration is key! Drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water per day. You also need to keep track of it. Use this hack.... Grab your favorite water bottle, fill it up! Place a rubber band around the bottle, next time you fill it up add another rubber band. For example my water bottle is 20 ounces I know once I have placed 5 rubber bands around the bottle I have exceeded my goal for the day! ...Pro tip leave the rubber bands by your water cooler or fridge for ease. 

2. Going to a friends house and you know you will be tempted by lots of unhealthy options? Try this, Drink a protein shake before you go. That way you will not be as hungry when you get there and not over eat. Pro tip, use coconut water to mix your protein with coconut water has ton of electrolytes so this will help with hydration as well!

3. Want to be social and drink alcohol? Make a refreshing summer cocktail!  Stick to clear spirits like vodka or gin, both have less carbohydrates and mix great with seltzer and lime. Stay away from Tonic, it has 43 grams of carbohydrates per 16oz.  Be careful of the new pre mixed hard seltzer on the market, read the labels. Some are filled with extra sugar and other ingredients that you do not want in your diet.

4. Having trouble getting your workouts in? Use the N.E.T (No Extra Time) method. Next time you are out shopping at your favorite store. Park far away in the parking lot, sometimes you can find a great spot in the shade. Make a few extra laps around while you are inside.  You never know you may find something you forgot on your list!  The extra steps add up quickly! 

Enjoy the summer!

In Health, 

Sunnie