3 Easy Ways to Stay Healthy This Summer
Summertime. Time for fun in the sun, barbecues, pool parties and hopefully a little vacation time that includes camping or cottaging or whatever your summertime vacation preference is. Usually all these things include some sweet treats and a few indulgences; perhaps even some over- indulgences. So how can you and your family stay on track with healthy eating, but still enjoy the delicious foods we associate with summer? For myself and my family, moderation is key.
Let Yourself Enjoy the Foods You Love
If I'm honest, one of my favourite things about summer vacation is the food. I love meat off the barbecue, grilled veggies, potato or macaroni salad, corn on the cob and smores, peanuts and spider dogs around the fire while camping or at the cottage. The list could go on and on. Healthy eating is important to me, but I would be miserable if I didn't allow myself to indulge in a few of my summertime favourites. One of the things I've heard is that deprivation often leads to binge eating. So if you're craving a smore or a handful of chips, go for it. But stop at one so you can enjoy more another time. If you have an off day and your eating gets way off track, just put it behind you and get back on track again tomorrow. Often if it was more than your body is used to and you don't feel so great because if it, it's actually pretty easy to get back on track.
Grow Your Food
Every year I look forward to starting my vegetable garden and every summer I look forward to enjoying the fruits of my labour. So do my kids, especially since they plant their own little gardens too. My son's favourite vegetable is cucumbers so naturally his favourite thing to do is check the garden each day for new cucumbers. The look on his face when he finds one and is allowed to pick it is priceless! He says they taste better than the ones from the store. I cannot give you the reasoning behind why that is, but it's absolutely true. They just don't taste the same. We also have several blueberry bushes and although they're a bit smaller than the grocery store, they are so full of flavour. And the best part about this year's garden was we were able to harvest some asparagus for the first time. If you don't have the means to grow your own veggies, hit the market with your family and let kids help pick out some of their favourite healthy foods. And when the summertime treats come out you will be able to make sure there's a good balance of healthy options on the plate too. For tips on gardening, read my recent blog on growing your own vegetables.
Keep Up With Your Regular Activity
Physical activity is important to me and I am very dedicated to getting my workout in most days of the week. Even though summer is very busy, I keep up with my regular exercise and activity. This also helps make those summertime indulgences feel a little more "guilt-free". If you're still working on including more physical activity to your weekly routine, keep at it or try something new while the weather is nice and the sun is shining.
Enjoy your summer! Enjoy the foods you love most about summer...but you'll have to excuse me because I'm off to enjoy an ice cream cone with my family.