July Newsletter 2019

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Free time: Is there a sweet spot?

Free time can feel like a constant tug-of-war: Too little leads to stress and too much may make you feel unproductive. A recent study of more than 35,000 Americans looked at how much discretionary time (time spent socializing, watching TV, etc.) is ideal, says TheAtlantic.com. 

The research found that people who work were most satisfied with their lives when they had about 2.5 hours of leisure time each day. For those who aren't employed, the ideal was 4 hours and 45 minutes. 

While you can't always control the demands on your time, it can be encouraging to know that a slight increase (or decrease) in unstructured time can improve your life satisfaction as a whole. 

Whether you're feeling overscheduled or unmotivated this summer, try adjusting your discretionary time toward the optimal amount. You may discover that you feel more happy, productive and relaxed when you find that sweet spot between work and rest.

 


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Also in this issue...
Stay hydrated (and healthy!) this summer
Essentials to pack for a long flight
7 Holidays to celebrate in July
Easy No-Churn Ice Cream
 

Stay hydrated (and healthy!) this summer

Everyone wants to be healthier, but most people tend to neglect one of the easiest ways: drinking more water. Humans are about 60 percent water, and staying hydrated is a simple, effective way to stay healthy. 

Water helps your body function properly in many ways. It's vital for delivering oxygen to your cells, lubricating your joints and flushing out accumulated toxins. Being well-hydrated also helps improve your skin and keeps your digestive system working properly. Without enough water, you can become fatigued, gain weight and even get sick. 

Doctors recommend drinking at least eight, 8-ounce glasses (about two liters) of water per day. While that may seem intimidating at first, there are several ways to reach your goal.

Apps and products: There are tons of new apps on the market that can track your water intake. Daily Water reminds you to hydrate throughout the day, while Hydro Coach can sync to fitness trackers such as Fitbit and is fully customizable. The app Plant Nanny turns hydration into a game: Every time you log a drink, your virtual plant gets watered too. 

There are also a multitude of products geared toward drinking more water such as water bottles marked by time stamps that help you gauge how much water you should drink by certain points in the day. Or, you can simply set an alarm on your phone for every 1-2 hours to remind yourself to drink a glass of water when it goes off. 

Eat your water: A really simple way to reach your hydration goals is by eating fruits and vegetables. Look for produce with a high water content. Watermelon, strawberries, cucumbers, celery, and tomatoes are over 90 percent water, and most are available year-round. If you're craving something sweet, you can always add lemons, berries or an electrolyte supplement to flavor your water, which may encourage you to drink more often.

 


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Essentials to pack for a long flight

While long flights can be stressful and exhausting, you can prepare for a more enjoyable journey by packing practical items in your carry-on bag. Here are some essentials to include:

  • A portable power bank to charge electronics
  • Ear buds or noise-canceling headphones
  • Comfortable slip-on shoes
  • Travel pillow and blanket
  • Refillable water bottle to stay hydrated without paying for over-priced bottled water
  • Protein bars in case of tight connections, long layovers or less-than-desirable in-flight meals
  • Lip balm and lotion for your face and hands
  • Travel first-aid kit with bandages and medications
  • A travel journal and ink pen to record your thoughts and impressions of the places you visit.

 


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7 Holidays to celebrate in July

While Independence Day takes the main holiday headline of the month, July is full of other fun and quirky celebrations. Highlight these seven days on your calendar this month.

July 11 – Cheer Up the Lonely Day: Spend time with an elderly neighbor or visit someone at a senior care home.

July 13 – National French Fries Day: Try making a new seasoning or dip to enjoy with everyone's favorite potatoes.

July 21 – National Ice Cream Day: Sit outside and cool down with a store-bought or homemade treat.

July 22 – Hammock Day: Relax in a camping hammock or a hammock with a portable stand at the beach, in a park or in your own backyard.

July 24 – Cousins Day: Plan a get-together or catch up on the phone with your cousins.

July 27 – National Day of the Cowboy: Attend a rodeo, or read about cowboys and cowgirls.

July 30 – International Day of Friendship: The United Nations sponsors this holiday to promote building bridges of friendship and respect. Attend an official event or simply share a meal with a few friends.

 


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Easy No-Churn Ice Cream

Ingredients
1 (14-oz.) can sweetened, condensed milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1½–2 cups mix-ins

Mix-in options:
Chopped fresh peaches (pictured)
Chopped fresh berries
Chopped nuts
Chocolate chips
Brownie pieces
Cookie pieces
Candy pieces
Fudge sauce
Caramel sauce

Directions
In a large bowl, stir together condensed milk and vanilla. 

Using a hand mixer or the wire attachment on a stand mixer, beat cream until stiff peaks form. Add whipped cream to milk mixture and gently fold to combine. Fold in mix-ins.

Transfer to a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Freeze for at least six hours. 

Serves 12

 


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