We still have a few weeks of summer left, so take every opportunity to enjoy time by the pool, seasonal produce, and longer days. Of course, you want to continue looking and feeling your best, so we thought it might be a good time to remind you of some healthy habits that will carry you through the rest of summer and into fall. Incorporate these tips into your eating plan, to keep yourself on track toward your goals.
Hydrate! It really can’t be said too many times. Dehydration can contribute to fatigue and headaches, plus it can be dangerous. Keep cold water with you at all times, and sip on it throughout the day. If you’re bored with plain water, try adding pineapple chunks with mint or basil leaves for an interesting twist.
Eat seasonally. Hit up your nearest farmer’s market for the freshest, most local produce. When you eat “close to home”, you will consume fruits and veggies that were harvested at their peak ripeness, and haven’t lost nutritional value by sitting on a truck or grocery store shelf for weeks. In particular, pick up some berries, watermelon, pineapple, peas, and peppers (any type). These are packed with vitamins and anti-oxidants that prevent disease and premature aging.
Watch your portion sizes. If you attend barbecues, start with a plate of fresh fruits and vegetables. After filling up on the healthiest fare, it’s okay indulge in small servings of more calorie-dense dishes. This strategy will keep you from heading to the buffet table when you’re ravenous.
Practice moderation. If you really want dessert, have a few bites. Depriving yourself of everything you love can just make you hate your eating plan, and you’ll be more likely to quit it entirely.
For more information on an eating plan that helps you lose weight for good and keep it off, give us a call. We can help you determine your body’s nutritional needs, identify where past plans have gone wrong, and put together a strategy for long-term success.