I hope everyone had a safe and joyful experience while celebrating the 4th of July! The heat of summer is upon us and that means it’s time for lots of fun vacations, summer BBQ’s and pool parties. It’s your liberty to eat, drink and have a good time however you wish, but why not be independent of guilty over-indulgence this summer? Small, simple choices make a big difference in how good you feel long-term. Here are some quick tips to stay fit, healthy and trim while traveling and socializing, even while indulging in your favorite foods and delicious drinks.
1) Before you attend a BBQ or party, drink lots of water and have a small meal so you’re less inclined to over-eat or dehydrate on salty, protein-rich foods. You’ll feel less bloated and more energetic so you can really enjoy the festivities. Drink 2 glasses of water for every glass of alcohol you consume so you don’t wake up zonked the next day! If you’re concerned about cheating on your diet and want some appetizing options to keep you grounded, click on this link for yummy foods that won’t give you a guilt complex: Guilt-Free Cheats. Leave me a comment if you’re interested in how to combine food so you don’t bloat or get indigestion.
2) Consider a 3-day power diet detox before you party. When you know you’ll want to cheat on heavy food and drink a short detox can prepare your digestion for what’s ahead. Limit red meat, cheese/dairy, baked goods, soda, alcohol, fruit juices, tropical fruits, stimulants and sweeteners for 3 days. Instead, eat tons of veggies, fruit, whole grains, nuts and lean protein – and drink lots of water to flush out impurities. Detox teas and herbal detox formulas work great, too. Here’s a link to a simple one-day detox you can do after indulging to restore healthy digestion: ACV Detox. Contact me for even more thorough seasonal detox tips! I use a very gentle but reliable brand every few months to stay trim.
3) When you’re vacationing or eating out this summer, beware of five major fat and calorie pitfalls so you don’t return from your trip or your favorite restaurant with extra pounds or digestive pain. One, plan meals ahead and pack them with you to bypass all fast (fat) food. Don’t get so desperate for a meal on your road trip that you pick up a spare tire for lunch! Two, avoid appetizers and skip desserts. You know why! Watermelon is my go-to summer dessert! Three, limit alcohol, soda and juice – they’re liquid sugar with calories your brain thinks should get stored as belly fat! Put a spigot in your watermelon and make a refreshing, fruity, virgin cocktail… or spike it if you must! Four, buffets are evil – don’t get possessed! Five, when you eat out, ask for a to-go container so you can put half your meal away for the next day’s lunch. Restaurants serve 3-4 servings more than you need to eat at one sitting. But most people will eat what’s in front of them – even if it hurts! Get it out of sight!! 🙂
IMPORTANT: Keep active everyday this summer! Work out, go for a long walk with your dog, ride your bike to the store, garden, do some yoga or take one of my fitness classes! Moving your body just a bit every single day keeps you fit, stress-free, uplifted and energetic. Exercise sets your metabolic rate and ultimately decides how well you eat, breathe and sleep and determines your overall mood and how much pleasure you can derive from all of life’s experiences. Exercise doesn’t have to be a chore. It can just mean indulging in fun, playful activity. Summer is the perfect time for enjoying yourself in the great outdoors!
Here’s some more inspiring fitness facts from a cute Tumblr page:
I hope these tips help you have a fun, healthy and guilt-free summer. Please let me know how I can help you make more informed, empowered nutritional, exercise and wellness choices any time of the year. Make this your best and brightest, healthiest summer ever!