Are You Summer Slacking?

June 30, 2015

The 4th of July is fast approaching and if you’re like most people, this is the time of year our health goals seem to take the back seat and vacations, parties and cookouts become our focus!  Our New Year’s Resolutions are in the rear view mirror as we’re heading towards our next vacation.  But WHY?  Why let summer fun derail our health goals?  Why let vacation get us off track?  Are they mutually exclusive or can we have both?  I would absolutely say we can have both and my clients are living proof!!!

Just because it’s a more relaxed time of year doesn’t mean you should let your food routine or workouts slack.  Maybe just adapt your workouts and food routine to your new location and keep up your healthy habits.  This is my top list of ways to stay healthy while traveling:

  • Pack food for the road trip or airport
  • Pack your protein powder, shaker, peanut butter, fruit, yogurt and protein bars
  • Request a fridge and microwave when staying at a hotel
  • Hit the grocery store as soon as you arrive at your designation. Load up on healthy food that will keep you on track!
  • Eat breakfast within 1 hour of getting up and eat every 2-3 hours the rest of the day!
  • Drink more Water and less Alcohol
  • Find and use the fitness center or take a walk/bike ride every day
  • Find some local activities like paddle boarding, hiking, kayaking, tubing and make it a family activity!

One of the other big challenges of summer are the parties and cookouts.  This is the perfect opportunity to share your healthy recipes with your friends by bringing a healthy dish or bringing your own protein to grill.  As a vegetarian, my friends are used to me bringing my own veggie burgers or bean burgers for the grill.  Just because you’re a guest doesn’t mean you have to eat all the unhealthy food available.  Stay strong, be a healthy influence and know ahead of time what you need to do to reach your health goals!  Here’s my list of ways to survive social events and cookouts:

  • Focus on the People, NOT the food.  If you’re chatting away with people, you’ll forget about all the food and alcohol
  • Be active at the parties and join in activities–play corn hole, ping pong, swim, throw the football, etc.
  • Stick to the healthy food at the parties (hummus, grilled or fresh veggies, fruit, protein, water)
  • Bring your own drinks and food. Bring some sparkling water to enjoy or a dish that’s healthy so you have something to eat. The worst is getting caught empty-handed and having to eat whatever is available!

For more ideas and tips, be sure to tune into Fox News (channel 8 in Charlotte) Saturday morning July 4th between 7:30 and 8am!  I’ll be sharing more tips that will help you prevent “summer slacking” 🙂

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