A Healthy, Happy Summer

summer safe

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Suddenly my Facebook feed is filled with people talking about the first day of school and I am still in denial. We have two weeks left here and that seems just about perfect. I have a HUGE (seriously caps doesn’t even begin to cover it) surprise in store next week for the kiddos and not until that is done will I declare it is still summer. So here are five ways I keep my family healthy during the summer.

1. Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables: This seems like a no brainer to me, but ever since we started eating more foods in the way God indented them to be eaten, we are so rarely in the doctor’s office. And while we have the long months of winter where we are forced to eat bland grocery store food, in the summer we get to eat food fresh off the farm. I think as a country we drastically underestimate the power of food (not the latest fad diet, I’m talking eating real food).

2. Soap and Water: For a long time I was on an anti bacterial gel kick. I carried in my car, my purse and had some around the house. I am not going to deny the convenience of it, but at the end of the day it just isn’t keeping us healthy. At All. Instead it is most likely making us really unhealthy by killing off the good bacteria with the bad bacteria and creating resistant strains of bacteria. So encourage your kids to use good old fashioned soap and water. The non anti bacterial stuff is hard to find, but worth it.

3. Sunscreen, Kind of: So any normal healthy post about summer would include a tip telling you to slather your kids with sunscreen from head to toe. And I slather up like a good mom. But I also let my kids soak up the sun from time to time. Full disclosure: my kids aren’t prone to burning. But I also believe kids need some Vitamin D. And in Michigan that Vitamin D is hard to come by. So we soak it up when we can.

I’ve got nine summers as a parent under my belt and no major injuries yet. So that’s pretty good right?