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The Mark of Summer Begins

Posted May 25 2009 10:36pm
By Carol Harblin (CHHC)


Memorial Day is the common marker for summer grilling, picnicking, and wearing white. People will be drinking their beer in the sun as they go boating, and play their favored outdoor games. Dust off the grill and prepare the meat for a good tasting barbecue. I'm all for it! Let's get started!

But wait. I hate to be a buzz kill, but I saw a few red flags waving.

First, preparing meat should be prepped inside and then kept chilled until you are ready to place it on the grill. Let's not keep food out in the sun either. I can already hear the crazed media having a field day over our left out foods that made us sick. Foods like potato salad have mayonnaise in it and could spoil if left in the sun.

Vegetarians won't be eating meat on the grill, but leave some space for some grilled vegetables! Yum! Try wrapping the vegetables in foil and placing it on the grill. That way it won't be contaminated with the meat.

Got beer? We all know there will be several people sipping on something alcoholic this holiday and even over the summer at any given summer event. It's okay to drink as long as you realize you should not drink in the sun for a long duration of time, and that you should not drive anywhere either - even a boat.

Got sun? Finally! Don't just slather the sunscreen on your bodies. Allow that long awaited sun to absorb into your skin for at least 15 minutes for that wonderful vitamin D! Many people are freaked about what the media has pumped in their brains about skin cancer and how you have to put on sunscreen. Well, it is important, but not immediately necessary. Literally soak in 10 to 15 minutes of that beautiful sun for some healthy vitamin D. What do you have to lose besides bone density?

Have fun holistically! Get a group of people together and set up badminton, croquet, and even Frisbee. Be present in every moment and have fun. Play some golf, go for a swim, take a bike ride, go hiking - whatever it is, take in the moment and be present and have fun. Just know that whatever you do, there is a trail that you are leaving and that it is important to clean up your mess. Be socially and environmentally responsible this summer.

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