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Stay Cool and Beat the Heat Wave

By Fredrica Syren:

These days it seems like you can’t escape the hot weather anywhere.  Japan, Europe and the U.S, all have record hot temperatures. According to scientists, the heat is something we had better get used to since global warming is heating up our planet. And, yes, each year its getting hotter for longer. We have all been there: sticky, hot, tossing and turning in bed, feeling that nothing is comfortable.

I have a few tricks up my sleeve regarding how to stay cool during a heat wave — even without ac, since it always seems to break during heat waves anyway.

Dress coolly—Save silk and synthetic clothes for cool days, and wear loose fitting clothes made from cotton of a light color.

Eat cold food—I would skip spicy, hearty food. Instead, go for nice cool foods like salads, sandwiches and sushi. My kids like to eat and suck on frozen fruit like mango cubes and grapes. Just make sure they’re not choking hazards for smaller kids. When it’s hot outside, I always let my kids eat as much fruit as they want. It hydrates their bodies, cools them off and provides lots of nutrition.

Drink plenty of water—Staying hydrated, always important, is crucial when it’s hot outside. I’m usually not a fan of ice cold water except during a heat wave. I put water bottles filled with water into the freezer for when I have to go somewhere. This way the ice will melt slowly and keep the water cold.

On super hot days, I try keeping my kids inside during the hottest part. We focus on playing outside early in the morning and in the evening.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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