I always feel like summer is the perfect time to get on track with my health. It’s warm, it’s sunny, it’s nice enough to be outside…But, then I remember that summer is also the time for vacations, weddings, barbecues, and realize how TOUGH it is to stay on track during the summer. Before I really got started with my healthy lifestyle, I’d work really hard to “prepare” for an event and eat really healthy leading up to vacation and then just completely let my guard down while on vacation. The worst part was, though, that this made it even HARDER to get back on track when I got home. This year I’m trying something new!
We’ll be headed to the beach in just a couple of weeks, and while I am committed to really staying on point with my fitness and nutrition over the next few weeks so I can feel strong and confident when we hit the sand, I plan on sticking pretty close to my plan while on vacation as well. Sure, I’ll be enjoying a few splurges here and there that I wouldn’t normally have, but for the most part, I’ll be eating clean and keeping up with my workouts. Here is how I am going to do it, and you can too:
1. Apply the 80/20 Rule
Healthy eating isn’t about all or nothing. It’s about finding the balance so that you can live a happier, healthier, more fulfilling life. To do that, I live by the 80/20 Rule – eating 100% clean 80% of the time and allowing myself to splurge 20% of the time. With summer and especially vacations, weddings, and other get-togethers, this is key! To stay on top of my game, I like to plan for when I’m going to have a splurge or treat meal, so the rest of the time I’m eating to plan.
2. Plan Ahead
That leads into my second suggestion, which is planning ahead. If you know you are going to be eating out, take some time to look at the menu online and decide what you want. Having a plan for what you’ll be eating and how you’ll be requesting that it is prepared will make it easier to stay on track when you get to the restaurant and are eating with everyone else. Be sure to avoid creamy dressings and request dressing on the side, and look for items that are baked, grilled, roasted, steamed, broiled, or dry-sautéed rather than breaded, fried, etc. And, keep proper portions in mind. You can always take the extras home in a box!
3. Pre-Eat and Bring Something Healthy
If you going to a party or another event, make sure to eat ahead of time. Have a shake or another healthy meal or snack on the way, and bring a clean appetizer or snack with you. Eating ahead of time will help you from feeling overly hungry once you get to the party, and if you bring something healthy, you’ll know there will be something there that you can eat without guilt!
4. Drink LOTS of Water
Water during the summer will not only help you stay hydrated. It will also keep you feeling full and reduce any bloat or water weight gain from unsavory food choices. I aim to drink my weight in ounces every day, and I try to do even more when I’ve had a few splurges.
SUMMER SURVIVAL GUIDE BOOTCAMP
These tips are just a few of the ways you can stay on track throughout the summer with all of its vacations and special festivities. But, what I have found that REALLY helps me is having a solid nutrition and fitness plan to follow as well as a support system in place to keep me on track and accountable. Having that structure makes it easier to plan to stay on track, and the added accountability helps me know there are others who are experiencing the same things as I am while trying to be and stay healthy!
If I know it works for me, I know it can help others, too. So, I invite you to join my Summer Survival Guide Bootcamp! I’ll be sharing lots of summer survival tips as well as fun but healthy summer recipes for parties or just family meals! You CAN make it through the summer and be the healthiest you have ever been, and this group can help!
If you’re ready to jump in, just fill out the form below, and I’ll send you all the details! I can’t wait to get started with you!