Have a Healthier Summer
Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2013 at 8:00 am
It’s beach and pool season! Many of us like to spend time heading to parties, sporting events, fairs, and often leave home behind on vacations. This is when our diets tend to change drastically. There is no need to starve yourself to look better in your shorts or swimsuit. The secret to keeping the weight off is to choose healthy food and take in fewer calories than you burn. The best foods for weight loss in the summer are light and refreshing.
Tips for a Healthier You During Summer
- Eliminate processed foods from your diet.
- Ditch the fast food.
- Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables.
- Drink plenty of water. The common statement of drinking 8 glasses a day is no longer true. Instead, divide how much you weigh and divide that number in half. Your answer is how many ounces of water you should drink per day. For instance, a person who is 200 lbs, should drink 100 oz. of water per day to be adequately hydrated. Remember, water is water! Water is not sodas, tea, coffee, or milkshakes. Those drinks do not count towards your recommended water intake.
- Get exercise daily. Take a walk in the park. Play catch with your kids. It doesn’t have to always be strenuous. Movement is movement, and movement helps to stimulate bodily processes.
- Eating lighter doesn’t mean you have to give up all of your favorites. Instead, alter them to be healthier. Get creative! Instead of a meat and cheese filled omelet, give a vegetable omelet a try. Skip out on the fatty ranch when eating a salad. Stick to lightly season grilled salmon or chicken instead of tri-tip this summer. Low-fat yogurt and berries can be a delicious and refreshing dessert.
Fresh fruit is abundant during the summer and can often be found on pick-your-own type farms. Go berry picking and let your kids see how fruit is grown, while getting exercise too! Transform fruit into fun. Make fresh fruit kabobs by cutting fruit into pieces and putting them onto skewers. Make smoothies and popsicles with fresh fruit. Freeze fresh fruit, like grapes and blueberries, to eat as-is or to use as ice cubes in a glass of juice.
Plant and grow a garden with your kids as a way to inspire healthier eating habits. The garden can be a container grown tomato plant or a plot in your backyard. Allow your kids to select most of what is grown in the garden and keep them involved with growing and harvesting process.
Eating healthy this summer only requires a little bit of creative thinking and dedication. You can feel confident in swimwear and give your kids life-long habits to live a healthier lifestyle!