• Yemila Lowry, RDN, LDN

Summer Time!

I may be out-dating myself here, but when I think of summer time I immediately start jamming to DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince's 'Summertime.' Carlton moves and all. #FreshPrince

With finals *almost* out of the way and graduation just days away, you may be desperately yearning for a break. And, you deserve it! Here are some tips on how to have a safe and healthy break!

1. Remember, to always stay hydrated.

Water makes up a large percentage (~60%) of our body and without it, it would be impossible for your body to complete its necessary daily functions and activities. It aids with digestion, flushes out waste, lubricates joints, regulates your body’s temperature, and helps deliver oxygen to the body. So, try not to leave home without one!

2. Snack on refreshing fruits and veggies.

Since water both hydrates and flushes waste out of our system, enjoying ANY water-rich fruit or veggie is ideal for the summer heat. So, make sure you load up on those water packed foods to feel great all day!

And remember: if you find yourself on campus, you can always snag a refreshing drink, fruit cup, or salad at one of our convenience stores on campus, such as Outtakes and Ozzies.

Check out these two blog posts for hydrating foods!

1. https://www.unfdiningservices.com/single-post/2018/03/20/Hydrating-Foods

2. https://www.unfdiningservices.com/single-post/2018/05/26/Hydrating-for-your-Fourth

3. Have a protein-filled snack ready at all times.

From trail mix to roasted chickpeas to peanut butter filled pretzels, just make sure you have a protein-filled snack with you while on the go. It'll keep you satisfied until your next meal and will prevent you from over eating later on! So, make sure to pack an emergency snack in case traffic is backed up one day or you're running late one morning!

Here's another great read: https://www.unfdiningservices.com/single-post/2018/05/30/Summer-Snackin

4. Rest and catch up on those zzz's.

Begin to incorporate a regular sleep schedule by intentionally going to bed at a certain time every night. A daytime nap may also help you catch up and if you're tired, then rest! You're body needs it after all of those sleepless nights studying. Try to avoid caffeine and other stimulants if you can, and work on meditating the mind and body.

5. Renew and Restore

Treat yourself to a massage, facial or any spa-related essentials. Practice your downward facing dog, stretch out those muscles with Pilates, take a pure barre class, or send yourself on a retreat. Take care of your mental health focusing on your emotional, mental and physical health. Good self-care is key to improving your mood and reducing stressors in your life.

We are taking a short break as well, but make sure to stay tuned as we will be back mid-May to fill your inbox with lots of great tips on eating healthy during the summer, deals on campus, and more!

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Stay Healthy Ospreys! AND, a huge CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2019! YOU DID IT!

#summerbreak #summer

UNF Dining Services' Dietitian

Email Yemila: y.lowry@unf.edu

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1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224