Summer is here, and that means school’s out. Time for vacations and holiday fun… or is it? Whether you have kids or not, summer often marks a break from our usual routines with more parties, BBQs, vacations, family time, and all around fun stuff. But are your summer plans going to ruin your plans for eating clean?
We want to make sure you are fully prepared for a healthy SUMMER SURVIVAL with our best T30C strategies and hacks!
TIP 1: PLAN & PREPARE FOR A HEALTHY SUMMER!
☀Consider how you want to approach holiday events and social occasions BEFORE they arise. Make a plan of attack. What are you willing to and not willing to compromise on? When it comes to your diet, how clean do you realistically want to stay? Be honest with yourself, this will allow you to have more fun and less guilt!
☀If you know you’ll be out and about a lot, it may not be possible to keep to a weekly meal plan like usual. Instead keep your pantry stocked with a few super easy, quick meals that you can whip up if you get home late. Check-out this list of quick under 30 minute meals from Rubies and Radishes – keep summer simple!
☀Have some go-to healthy BBQ recipes or snack recipes up your sleeve for when you’re asked to a friend’s home. When you contribute to the food spread, you know there will be at least one good healthy summer option!
☀Don’t just stick to your normal eating and exercise routines before vacation, but try and maintain them ON vacation as much as much as possible. Allow for a few fun indulgences, but keep in mind how you want to feel when you get back home! Don’t let all of your healthy habits and great results go to waste.
?Let’s face it, Summer goes hand in hand with some adult beverages. Enjoy clean versions of your favs whenever possible! Check out Molly’s Tipple & Tone blog for some great ideas.
Bring your favorite clean drink options to BBQs with clean mixers. Be mindful about the number of drinks you have. Alcohol can trick you into eating fries ?!! Love wine… try Dry Farm Wines, the no hangover wine cure. Read more about them on our blog!
☀Don’t get trapped into the cycle of constantly eating or snacking just because you’re on vacay. Stick to your main meals as much as possible (and mini meals if you’re active/pregnant/breastfeeding).
☀Plan time for you! With the kids home from school, you may suddenly find that you have much less alone time. Factor some time into each day for you. Maybe get up earlier and have breakfast alone or drop the kids somewhere and get in a workout. Just make sure to plan for #selfcare!
☀Make a long list with your kids of things to do this summer. Get them to consult the list of ideas before they come to you and say they’re bored!
☀Summer often means more dinners out. All well and good if you make good choices. Don’t be afraid to order off the menu or make changes to a dish. “No cheese, please!” “Olive oil and lemon, no dressing.” “Can you please sub more veggies for fries?” “I will have tomatoes instead of your fried potatoes.” – Remember, most restaurants use vegetable oils to sauté, bake and fry… be conscious of how that will make you feel. Main culprits: Chips & salsa, hash browns, sautéed veggies, sweet potato fries (often coated with sugar, oil and may contain gluten), fajitas and stir-fry.
?What events, vacations, changes in routine do you already have planned for your summer?
?How do you want to approach these events? Changes in routine? How clean do you want to stay? How do you want to feel at the end of your healthy Summer?
Summer is about BALANCE. You’ve put in so much work to keep your health on track; Don’t let the fun of the season completely derail your awesome effort! On the other side, food should not cause you stress and shouldn’t stop you enjoying time with your family and friends! If you choose to have a few more drinks than usual, or taste a special dessert this summer, do so mindfully and own the decisions you make without guilt. Stay tuned for Summer Survival Part Two on staying active.