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Jen is a Nationally Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach, Mayo Clinic Certified Wellness Coach, Certified Cycle Instructor, and healthy lifestyle advocate living in Southwest Minneapolis, MN.
But most of all, she’s a mom who believes you shouldn’t have to suffer just so everyone else around you can thrive.
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Don’t worry, mama – if you’re looking to make your summer cooking as healthy as possible, consider alternatives that reduce added sugars and refined grains.
Added sugars increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and a number of other chronic health problems.
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health also guides against eating highly processed, refined grains, such as white bread. The more refined a grain, the lower the nutrient content, while unprocessed, whole grains actually help fight diseases in our bodies.
If all of this seems daunting, don’t fret! As you’re preparing for your next outdoor gathering, consider some of these healthy – and easy – substitutes for your normal BBQ recipes.
When we exercise in the heat, our core temperature increases faster and our body has to work harder to regulate our core temperature. The result is that we sweat more, which means our bodies are losing nutrients faster, leading to muscle pain, cramps, and, possibly, heat exhaustion.
What you do before, during, and after your summer workouts can make all the difference in your muscle pain and joint inflammation.
Heat exhaustion is a risk for everyone in the warm, humid summer months, but the risk for pregnant women is even greater. According to the American Heart Association, when you’re pregnant, you have a higher than average body temperature. Your body is already working harder than normal to regulate your body temperature, so temperature regulation in intense summer heat forces your body to work overtime. From dehydration to overheating, the physical impacts not only affect you but also your baby.
So, whether you’re heading outside to play with the kids, continue your exercise routine, enjoy a cookout, or just to read, know the warning signs of heat exhaustion.
A simple form of self-care during this strange time is in how you care for your skin. With so many businesses closed, especially those offering indulgent services like pedicures and facials, my husband and I have implemented a new weekly activity – spa Saturday (or Sunday, depending on how the weekend goes).
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