Last week I spent 4 nights at Latitude in Suffolk. As well as being one of the best weekends I’d had in a long time (seeing Catfish and the Bottlemen, Noel Gallagher and a whole lot of crap being personal highlights), when I sadly had to arrive back home it wasn’t all ‘moshing’ at 2am and eating pancakes with nutella and bananas for breakfast.
Even now I wouldn’t change any of that for the world (that’s what festivals are all about!), but when I got back home I could barely talk, had what was like an awful ‘summer cold’, was incredibly tired for at least 3 days after, and was genuinely craving broccoli. I wish I was joking.
Hopefully it’s something other’s can relate to as well; running off 5 hours sleep for 5 days, with no exercise except walking to and from the camp to the arena (which I kid you not is actually pretty strenuous, and the closest thing you consume to a vegetable is the guacamole you ate with those nachos at 1am, your body ain’t feeling quite so good.
Naturally the first thing I turn to us food.
For breakfast I’ve been reconciling with my beloved chia pudding, full of antioxidants and topped with lots of fruit.
I’ve also been trying to pack in the protein, lots of hummus and quinoa for lunch and lentils and chickpeas for dinner.
They may not look great. but lentil ragu and chickpea stew are honestly two of my favourite meals I’ve ever created.
I find all throughout out the day (and night) you’re feeling pretty full of energy, but as soon as you snug into that sleeping bag you’re so exhausted you’re gone in 5 minutes. My first night home I tried to get as early night as possible, but my body just couldn’t adjust to falling asleep 4 hours earlier then usual! So as annoying as that was, you can eventually catch up on all those lot hours by just having a nice relaxing bath, snuggling into bed with a book until you are actually tired – rather then forcing yourself.
If anyone else has any festival ‘recovery’ tips please leave below – the more the merrier!
Love Vic x