Holiday Guide | Drink to your health

Happy Friday! It’s time to have a short break and refresh your body with some healthy, easy-made iced drinking. Replace those sugary sodas and alcohol drinks, cool down your summer time with these delicious healthy drink recipes!

Fresh Cherry Lemonadefress cherry lemonade

  • 2 cups sweet cherries, pitted, plus whole cherries for garnish
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups cold water
  • Lemon slices for garnish

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Citrus Tea Punch

Photo by Jan Smith

Photo by Jan Smith

♠ Great for holiday entertaining.

  • 6 cups water, divided
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 2 family-sized tea bags
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 (6-ounce) can thawed lemonade concentrate, undiluted
  • Ice
  • Lemon slices (optional)

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Iced Espresso

  • 1/2 cup ground espresso coffee beans
  • 2 cup boiling water
  • White sugar, to taste
  • 2 liters vanilla ice-cream

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Photo by Louise Lister

Photo by Louise Lister


Apple and Mint Ice Tea

   

Photo by Michelle Young

Photo by Michelle Young

  • 1/4 cup shredded mint
  • 3 peppermint teabags
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1.25L chilled clear apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 apple, chopped

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Choc-banana Energy Shake

Photo by Mark O'Meara

Photo by Mark O’Meara

  • 1 tablespoon Milo powder
  • 3/4 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup low-fat vanilla yoghurt
  • 1 medium banana, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons traditional oats
  • 6 ice cubes

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Remember to eat healthy, keep healthy on holiday. You can possibly lower the risk of getting overweight and anorexia after holiday.

Jie. X.

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Solution | These apps can help you fight with post-holiday syndrome

When holidays are over, this usually means starting the year or semester with a few resolutions. Although the period after holiday session could be a time of post-holiday blue, we still love holidays. Are you an avid smartphone user? Here are some apps for you to help fight with post-holiday syndrome.

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Finance

The holidays are usually when people go on spending binges. When holidays over, you have to take stock of your finances to make sure you are not staring the new life in red.

      Interfaces with your bank accounts for easy planning, management and bills payment.


Health and Fitness

Another are for concern after holidays is our health. We can address this through eating, exercise and a few changes in habits.

Nike+ Training Club
  • Help you track your progress, stay motivated and train better.
Pocket Yoga
  • Mobile instructor for yoga pose.
My Fitness Pal
  • Helps you keep track of the calories you consume day to day.

Productivity

If you slacked off on work during the holidays, then this is the time to shape up.  It might take few days or weeks to bring things back to normal life. But we still need to go through the steps and organize your routine.

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  •      Great task manager app
  •      Enable geo-location reminders
  •      Helps you plan your day with a two-minute outline each morning
TimeTune Schedule Planner
  • Time management based on routines and suitable for everyone who values their
  • Attractive custom tags feature
  • Routine statistics to analyze and improve your distribution of time

Jie. X.

Workout | Holiday workout guide

Holidays are the best time to indulge — recovery sleeping, dining out, over drinking and less moving. It’s totally understandable that we all want more rests, more entertainments on holiday, but it’s a good idea to keep moving and do some exercise especially when you’re eat more than usual. If you don’t want to do any particular workout, here’s a guide on fitandfabliving.com for you to help you ease stressed feeling from irregular and unhealthy routine.

Photography by Stefano Montagner on Flickr

Photography by Stefano Montagner on Flickr

Cardio Workouts

     Low-intensity cardio workout
  • Walking; jogging; running
  • Best way to burn fat
     High-intensity cardio workout
  • Swimming; sprinting
  • Burns more fat, but keep your metabolism going strong
  • Your body keeps burning fat
     The most effective way
  • Add high-intensity intervals to normal routine.
  • 1min full-speed running + 1min walking to rest, continue doing 1min intervals for 20mins.

Strength Training Workouts

Remember to workout, keep healthy on holiday. You can possibly lower the risk of getting overweight and stressed for irregular routine after holiday.

Jie. X.

Experience | How scheduling has relieved my post-holiday symptoms

I still remember my father always asked me to make plans for summer/winter holiday when I was young. Probably you may have heard many times why you should do that, how important to make schedules, but you don’t really believe or to say it doesn’t work that effectively as you thought.

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I planned a 4-days trip to Gold Coast and Brisbane at early mid break. It sounds a bit crazy to do this at my busiest period. I’m super busy with studies and assignments in my final semester at uni these days. I’ve got tests to prepare and several projects and group works due right after the holiday. But I do want to give myself some break, and I’ve planned that trip since last semester.

I know I must do the schedule and stick to it; otherwise I will get much stressed and feel clueless when I’m back. Although it wasn’t a long journey, I still hit by post-trip feelings. Good thing is that constrain on schedule helps me figure out what should I do, which work should I start with.

    TO DO LIST

  • Sep 25  SYD to Gold Coast
  • Sep 26  Gold Coast
  • Sep 27  Brisbane & Gold Coast
  • Sep 28  Gold Coast to SYD
  • Sep 29  GENS9005 group meeting
  • Sep 30  GENS9005 script; shopping
  • Oct 1     MDIA3004 trailer editing
  • Oct 2     MDIA3004 presentation shooting/editing
  • Oct 3     MDIA3004 presentation shooting/editing
  • Oct 4     MDIA3004 presentation finish editing
  • Oct 5     MDIA3005 test preparation, blog

So this was how my schedule looks like. Not much in details but with all works that I need to do on it. I gave myself four days at early break to enjoy the holiday; then one to two days to adjust the post-trip blue and get ready to work in later break. That gives me enough time and steps to adjust from holiday mode to normal routine.

If you are not living with the habit of making schedule, I encourage you make some plans for your holiday, including trips and post-trip. You can divide it into periods and give yourself some time for adjustment instead of having it in one go. That really helps to relieve from post-holiday syndrome!

Jie. X.

Holiday Guide | Shopping websites EP1

Today is the first day of the mid-term break, I suppose everyone feels relaxed and excited now. Do you have any ideas about where to travel or what to do at home? 

Here, I find some fun websites that include shopping websites,suggestions for vacation and travel guide websites for you to have a look.

If you haven’t think of any things to do outside, maybe try shopping online because I always do this, lol.

Feelunique: A shopping website of beauty products that can be shipped worldwide free over 20$ It has widerange of fragances, make up, skin care products , hair products, etc. http://www.feelunique.com/

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                Screenshot from the feelunique website. 

Here is another suggestion for you to do at home which is an article published on Apartment theraphy website

Things you do on vacation that you could at homehttp://www.apartmenttherapy.com/5-things-you-do-on-vacation-th-90324

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Screenshot from the apartmenttherapy website.

If you want to travel then here is a useful travel website that I find, it also has app which could be convenient to use on phones.

Lonelyplanet: A travel guide webiste which has expert advice, travel tips, destination information and inspirations: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/ This website providel travel information all over the world, but if you are interested in certain place, for example, Australia, then go to this website: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/australia

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screenshot from lonelyplanet website

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screenshot from lonelyplanet Australia website.

Leave comments or share your fun websites with us

I will update more blogs as well

Xinru. H.