With summer coming to an end, did you find that vacations and warm-weather cookouts lead you to an unhealthy lifestyle? Don’t worry, we have 5 helpful tips to help you get right back on track!
We typically find it more difficult to stay on track during cold weather months, which tend to include comfort foods and football tailgates, but summer foods can be just as dangerous. Having fancy cocktails on vacation or over-indulging in appetizers at outdoor parties can easily get a little more indulgent than intended. While we hope you enjoyed yourself this summer, now is the time to look forward and get you back to a healthy lifestyle plan.
5 tips to help get you back on track:
- Hydration – Staying hydrated has many important roles in your body, including keeping your skin youthful, aiding in digestion, boosting your metabolism, and improving your circulation. The amount of fluids you need depends on activity levels, age, and gender, but keep in mind you will need even more water while it is still hot outside! Drinking a glass of water before your meal will also help fill up your stomach and may prevent you from overeating.
- Small, frequent meals –Eating smaller meals more often helps keep your energy level stable and your appetite under control. It also prevents you from over-eating at meal times knowing you will eat again in just a few hours.
- Fruits & Veggies – Fiber-rich fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins and minerals you need to be healthy, are low in calories, and will keep you feeling full longer. You should aim to make them ½ of your plate at every meal.
- Increase lean proteins – If you feel like you are always hungry, consider adding more protein to help fill you up. Always include a lean protein in your meals – whether it may be chicken, hard-boiled eggs, or tofu, to keep you more satisfied.
- Make exercise a priority – Whether you have a nice evening to go for a walk or a quick 15 minutes during your lunch break, head outdoors or find somewhere to get in some movement. All of these small contributions add up in the long run and can make a big difference!
If you would like more guidance and/or support to get started, contact us today. Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, Samantha Walters, will help to provide a customized lifestyle plan just for you to help you achieve optimal wellness. To schedule your appointment, call 410.296.0414.