Create Healthy Family Memories This Summer

Right now, close your eyes and take yourself back to a blissful summer memory of your childhood. Back to a simpler time when happiness was squealing through the sprinklers on a hot day. Take a deep breath in, let that joy splash around your body, and exhale. 

This summer, follow the sun to simple moments with your family. Don’t shade yourself by feeling pressured to make it perfect or to spend it stuck in traffic driving from one activity to the next.

It may be just another afternoon to you, but for your kids, it could be a core summer memory they cherish forever. Below are some Gioffre summer traditions for you to claim as your own. 

  • Gardening 
  • Humans are basically plants with emotions. We both need sunshine, water, nurture, and connection to our earth. 

    Gardening is a fantastic way for your family to touch, smell, see, and experience how food grows—it doesn’t magically appear in a grocery store. It also gives them the joy and responsibility of nurturing something that will, in return, nurture them.

  • Farmer’s Markets
  • Talking to your local farmer, grooving with live bands, supporting your community’s economy, smelling the fresh flowers, soaking in the sun, seeing all the beautiful colors of fresh produce, enjoying sweet strawberries as you walk around…I could go on for centuries about how much I LOVE farmer’s markets! They activate all your senses and flood you with serotonin, the happy hormone. 

    For an even sweetener memory, let each family member pick out a few items for a picnic. Find a grassy spot near the market, or head to the lake, and enjoy your loot. Hide cell phones and play catch. Connect, nosh, play, and enjoy fresh air with your family.

  • Grounding
  • Stress is the #1 cause of acid and a major contributor to all illnesses. Grounding is a simple therapeutic technique that focuses on realigning your electrical energy by reconnecting to the earth. It’s simply digging your bare feet into the dirt, sand, rocks, grass, or wherever you are. 

    Take advantage of summer’s warm mornings (especially if your ground has been covered in snow for months) and make grounding and breathing a way your family opens up the day.

  • Family-Made Alkaline Popsicles
  • Popsicles are an essential part of summer bliss. However, most store-bought popsicles contain artificial dyes, toxic sweeteners, and tap water—a recipe for DISASTER. My Coconut Pops are a refreshing treat that actually gives your body, mind, and soul that blissful summer feeling. 

    Making them can be a fun and creative family activity. Experiment with fresh blueberries, strawberries, or whatever you find at your farmer’s market. 

  • Bring Paris 2024 to Your Backyard
  • Oh, I am SO excited for the Olympics this summer! My family watches every sport. This olympiad, watch and then DO. Create your own Backyard (or park) Olympics. Relay races, sit-up competitions, all-star basketball hooping…anything that gets your family outside and moving.

    Before I sign off, I want to be real about summertime stress and anxiety. It’s a real thing. Managing busy calendars, dealing with bored kids at home, taking over co-worker’s projects while they are away…it all adds up.

    However, taking 3 daily Acid-Kicking Omega-3s (3 for the 3!) gives your brain the nutrients and fuel it needs for optimal mental focus, memory, and functionality.

    Better yet, to really improve your cognitive function, banish brain fog, sharpen your mental focus, and stop anxiety, make the Mental Health Brain Bundle part of your daily routine—right after morning grounding. 

    If you want your brain to work well, you need to feed it well. Give it the best, and it will give you its best.

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