Summer Workout Cool Down Tips

Being active the Summer heat, whether working out or having fun outdoors, we need safe and effective ways to cool down properly. Here are my top tips:

  • Unlike athletes - ice baths don't appeal, must reduce inflammation after intense workout in hot weather
  • Cold baths and showers are not for the faint hearted - start with lukewarm water then move to colder temperature
  • If in a bath - this is a good opportunity to add Epsom salts and other nutrients to remineralise your body. Most adults in the West are low on magnesium and this is a good time to add active salt
  • Add essential oils to help you relax, clear emotional energy or energise your spirit. Lavender, geranium, neroli, and rosemary are all great choices
  • Pray or meditate for 15 minutes in the water, I find this extremely helpful to activate a positive visualisation
  • Listen to some relaxation music if bathing at the end of your day
  • Use this protocol after a big night out dancing to aid restful nights sleep
  • If you've been sunbathing - after bath use aloe Vera, calendula or soothing calming gels to aid recovery
  • Once out of the water, allow your body to calm before adding moisturisers or sunscreen! 

Pasta Sauce Magic

Eating good food should be a pleasure, not a burden.

That's why I am always looking for healthy and tasty convenience foods, that make cooking faster, easier and more enjoyable! One of my favourite magic ingredients is pasta sauce, which I love to use on pasta or rice, but also on steamed or baked fish, meat or vegetables.⠀

The problem is that all too often jarred sauces are laden with sugar and additives - even gourmet or organic ones! So I was ecstatic when I found in my local Marks & Spencer this delicious and incredibly well-priced sauce by Italian producer, La Malva Rosa.⠀

It's made with only THREE ingredients: tomatoes, Taggiasca olives (small black olives from the Liguria region) and extra virgin olive oil. And it TASTES AMAZING! You can seriously eat it straight out of the jar… But I suggest that you try to add a few spoonfuls to your roasted vegetables to boost flavour, healthy fats, vitamins and antioxidants. ⠀

** Food Fact: Tomatoes are an interesting exception to the rule that cooking food reduces micronutrients: lycopene is better absorbed when it has been heated, so tinned tomatoes are good for you. This powerful antioxidant is fat soluble - it's absorbed by the body in the presence of fats - which makes the olive oil & tomato pairing a perfect match! **