How to get your body back into balance after a weekend at a summer music festival

Matt and me at Sunfest 2015

Matt and me at Sunfest 2015

If you recall in my 6 things you should do to detox after a summer music festival post, I don’t actually recommend “detoxing” after a weekend of junk food, drinks and dancing late into the night, because detoxing isn’t a thing.

Although I generally followed my own tips to take care of body during last weekend’s Sunfest, such as by bringing healthier meals and snack options, mixing wine with club soda and spending the daytime swimming at the lake, I still felt gross the day after we got back. Not only was I sunburnt, filthy and dehydrated, but also my legs, feet and stomach were swollen. It was 30+ degree over the weekend, and I know I didn’t have as much water as I should have, hence the swollen legs and feet. But I also allowed myself to indulge in things I normally wouldn’t have, such as mini doughnuts, chips and other carby delights, and I definitely paid the price.

Although I don’t regret enjoying all those delicious foods at the time, all I wanted when I got back was water, fruits and vegetables for days. I actually did go out and buy a green juice, and it was delicious and so worth the $10 price tag.

Front row for Keith Urban!

Front row for Keith Urban!

While I didn’t feel like I needed to JUST drink green juice for days, I did feel like I needed to bring my body back into it’s balanced, pre-festival state ASAP. Luckily, it only took about a day for my stomach to stop hurting and for the swelling to go away by following the plan outlined below:

How to get your body back into balance after a weekend at a summer music festival in one day

  • Drink 1-2 litres of cold water with lemon wedges over the course of the day (no, the lemons don’t have “detoxifying” properties… it just makes the water taste good so you’re more likely to drink it)
  • Soak your feet in warm water with Epsom salts (no, not to draw out “toxins” — this was so I could scrub all the dirt off my feet!)
  • Have your normal breakfast (for me it’s oatmeal with blueberries, goji berries, egg whites and almond milk)
  • Make a big-ass green smoothie for lunch (I blended up kale, spirilina, mango, blueberries, lemon, coconut water, hemp hearts, banana and ice)
  • Have a nap
  • Have a protein with tons of veggies for dinner (I cooked up prawns with 2 cups of asparagus and kale in coconut oil with ginger and garlic)
  • Drink green tea and have a bowl of summer fruits for dessert while wearing a face mask (again, not to draw out “toxins”… my poor skin was burnt and the mask felt good!)
At least I know I was active during the weekend, according to my LEAF activity tracker! Lots of dancing from 8 pm onwards :)

At least I know I was active during the weekend, according to my LEAF activity tracker! Lots of dancing from 8 pm onwards 🙂

 

Do you have a plan you follow to bring your body back into balance after a vacation or music festival weekend? What are your tips for staying healthy while at a music festival?

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