7 Insanely Simple Steps To Get Back On Track With Your Nutrition After The Chaos Of Summer
By Jessie Christensen
We all love summer, but let’s be real: Between barbecues, Oceanside weekends, and social distancing patio drinks it sure is difficult to stick to health goals in the summertime, not to mention summertime can leave us feeling a bit bloated, sluggish and not quite ourselves. The good news is, with a few minor adjustments you can get back to feeling like you in no time.
Here are 7 insanely simple steps you can do today to bounce back and get back on track with your nutrition after the chaos of summer:
1. Stop Beating Yourself Up
Life happens. Summer happens! If you are beating yourself up for overindulging, stop that right now because
A.) You probably had a great time and made lots of memories
B.) Happiness is key to healthiness! Don’t add further stress to your immune system by beating yourself up.
The first few days after the summer may feel slow and harder than usual mentally and physically, but try to get back to your normal routine. Get to bed early, wake up at your normal time, and after a few days, you’ll adjust.
2. Set Realistic and Sustainable Goals
By setting small, attainable goals, you are more likely to succeed and stay motivated than if you set high, lofty goals that are unsustainable and will discourage you from staying on track.
Instead of saying “I’m not going out to eat at all this week!” (probably not realistic especially now that our favorite restaurants are opening back up) make a goal to pack your lunch 4x/week or make a protein-packed breakfast in the mornings. These are more sustainable and realistic.
3. Focus on Real Foods and Keep it Simple
Keep your meals simple and clean. Give your digestive system a break by giving it easy to break down foods and replenish those micronutrients that may have been lacking over the last few weeks.
Micronutrients are vitamins and minerals your body needs and receives from food and supplements. Focus on consuming lean proteins, fresh vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains.
PRO TIP: Instead of focusing on the foods you want to avoid, focus on incorporating more of the good stuff in.
4. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Aim for 90-120 oz. of water a day. Start the day with a glass of filtered water with freshly squeezed lemon juice. This will kick start your metabolism, promote detoxification and get you feeling really awesome!
5. Meal Prep Baby!
I am a firm believer in the power of meal prep. Setting aside a bit of time to create your meal plan and then prepare simple and nourishing meals that can feed you over multiple days. Meal prepping will save you time, money, and your sanity (Yes, please!). It will also make it so much easier for you to eat well and stay organized all week.
PRO TIP: Decide what you will use to organize your weekly meal plan. You have to write it out. I started diligently sticking to a meal plan because it was written out, concrete, right in front of me on my phone. A mental planning calendar is a lot more fluid.
6. Move Your Body
Elevate that heart rate and get sweaty! Our skin is our largest organ, so by working up a sweat you can rid some of those nasty toxins that are floating around. Movement will make you feel better physically and mentally by releasing some endorphins, those feel-good chemicals that boost your mood.
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7. Clean Out Your System
Be sure to incorporate gentle fiber into your diet post-summer. When paired with plenty of water, it will help you to clear out your system by way of great poops. Add things to your meal plan that contain chia seeds, ground flaxseed, whole grains and fresh veggies!
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