[LIVING] Eco in the City | How to make the summer last | By Lisa Borden
Although summer feels like the shortest season in Toronto, there are many things we can do to extend it and keep enjoying the outside – let’s beat nature deficit disorder!
Reach New Heights. When the temperatures begin to cool off, raise your body heat by bouncing (and laughing!) on a backyard trampoline. You’ll also bounce away stress, boost your heart health, improve coordination, and receive loads of cardiovascular benefits – we all need lymphatic drainage. The Springfree™ Trampoline is touted as the world’s safest because it removes the traditional impact areas that cause equipment induced trampoline injuries. Bottom line, it’s tons of fun. springfreetrampoline.ca
Keep it Growing. Using a cold frame is a great way to extend your growing season to protect your plants from frost and winds. Clear durable panels allow for good light transmission and heat retention. Grow spinach, arugula and tons of greens – I have been making salad into December a couple years from my little cold frame. Kids love lifting the roof to harvest, too. youngurbanfarmers.com
Dehydrate and Preserve. Don’t waste it, dry it! When you don’t know how to use up the produce you’ve grown (or purchased), throw it in the dehydrator to extend its life and preserve the nutrition to snack on at a later time. Preserving dehydrated food is easier than canning, and doesn’t need to take up space in your freezer. Think apple, banana, kale chips, real fruit roll-ups and dried herbs for cooking and teas. upayanaturals.com
Insulate It. Don’t let the weather get in the way of you enjoying your drink just the way you like it. Go out for a hike, a friendly football game, apple picking or just hang out on your patio with a warm drink. An insulated Klean Kanteen will keep your hot drinks as poured, for up to six hours. What will you fill it with? Hot chocolate, tea, coffee or something spiked? kleankanteen.com
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Get Sunshine Vitamins. You know that great feeling when the sun is shining, there’s an easy way to maintain a lot of those healthy benefits even when it’s not – it’s like extending the season inside your body. Take a vitamin D supplement and improve your mood, prevent a cold or the flu – it might even help you lose weight. Ask your naturopath if it could help you, and how to properly dose.
Lisa Borden, owner of Borden Communications, takes a unique approach to holistically marketing eco-intelligent living and working. Some of her favourite titles (from a long list) include: Strategist + Catalyst, Enthusiastic Philanthropist, Inspiration Agent, Mother of 3 and Wannabe Organic Farmer.
As published in the August/September Edition of Village Living, #WestVillage & #TOCentral