So, summer is winding down, right? Barbeques and cottages and days at the beach, it’s all almost over. It’s time to forget about waterparks and campfires and trips to the island. Right?
This kind of talk is what you starting hearing as far back as the August long weekend, accompanied by much regretful sighing and head shaking. By the time we make it to Labour Day most people have more or less written summer off.
Not me. I am not down. Here’s the thing. The great parts of summer are the same as the not-so-great ones: we treat ourselves to burgers, ice cream, pie, chips and guac, beer, cocktails, the list goes on. We take time off, get out of the city, hang out with friends and family, and let our workout routine slip just a little bit. We bring our yoga mat camping and use it to tan on. We spend all day in the sun and forget to drink any water. We’re having so much fun we don’t notice the sunburn creeping up the back of our necks. All this is so, so great, but after a while it starts to wear thin.
September, on the other hand, is the time to keep all the goodness of summer without going overboard. It’s about getting back home to the routine that’s just comfy enough without being boring yet. It’s about revelling in local produce without feeling obliged to smash everything with butter and flour and top it with streusel (this might just be me). The days are long and warm and the kids are in school again and that, my friends, means you can finally get back on the mat.
Today we’ve got a little recipe that you can enjoy hot on chilly mornings and cold on scorching afternoons. The sun is still beating down and proper hydration will help ease us into fall feeling our best. Drinking water by itself isn’t always enough to correct dehydration, hence the need for our little cocktail.
In one big glass of water, stir in:
The juice of half a lemon, or to taste. It’s good for the liver, aids digestion, and is antibacterial. I often drink a lemon ginger infusion when I think I might be getting a cold.
A pinch or two of sea salt. Have you ever found yourself craving salty snacks on a hot day? Of course you have. Salt is essential in keeping the body well-hydrated, but we’re not talking about plain white table salt. Unrefined sea salt is full of minerals, and adding some to your water will get rid of those cravings.
1 teaspoon (or tablespoon) of maple syrup. Along with the little kiss of sweetness and the carbohydrate boost, maple syrup contains lots of vitamins and minerals.
Drink it hot, erring on the side of less salt if you’re not hitting the studio; drink it cold after your workout or yoga class, or after a few hours spent in the late summer sun. Relax, it’s not over yet. The best is yet to come.
Halliday Reynolds is a writer and Bikram yoga teacher from Toronto. She recently spent four years in Paris, and came home to sponge off her relatives and write her first novel. You can read her work on theactivityreport.com, a site she co-founded and on social media as @hdayreynolds.