Good Health With Summertime Eating
By Donna Stark
Sticking to a nutrient-dense diet during the summer months can be hard. There are family barbecues and snacks by the pool to contend with nearly every day, and there are frequent trips to the ice cream shop and extra invitations to special events in the mail. So, it's easy to see how one may overeat during this time of year, but how can that be avoided? Well, it may take a little extra preparation and effort on your part, but the results that come from doing so are worth it!
You Are What You Eat
Eating healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and heart-healthy fats is imperative if you want your body to function well, and fortunately, with the following tips on how to prioritize healthier eating, you and your loved ones shouldn't have any problems this summer. Take a look.
- Drink water - As tempted as you may be, it's important to remember that soda, alcohol, and coffee don't count toward your water consumption. The general recommendation for water is that you drink half of your body weight in ounces, so try to incorporate more of it into your day. Carry a water bottle around with you so you are more likely to grab that first.
- Stay home to eat - Eating out on the deck of a restaurant is the epitome of summer dining, but it isn't as sweet as it appears. The meals you will find at many establishments are loaded with sugar, salt, oil, cream, and fat. It is better if you dine on your own patio at home and cook for yourself. That way you can control the ingredients that go into your meal.
- Bring your own food - If your family or neighbors are having a celebration of sorts, come prepared by bringing your own food to the event. Make a little extra to share because more than likely, others will want to eat healthier too!
- Snack smart - Packing a bag for the pool or beach? Don't reach for that bag of chips and box of brownies. Choose sliced fruit or vegetables instead! They are more refreshing and depending on what you select, may also help increase your water intake.
The chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic want the best for their patients and they feel that diet is one of the most important components to good health. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your summer plans and how you can stay motivated to eat healthily, come on in to see them today! They will help you get on the path to optimal health and wellness!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Arvada, Colo.