It’s easy to lose and maintain weight, eat healthy meals and exercise in summer. Right? Wrong.
With the abundance of fruit and sunshine you’d think this is the case but sadly it’s not. With the endless sunshine and family gatherings comes a lot of parties, unhealthy food and no exercise.
To help you go through summer without losing yourself, and your stomach I have put together 5 fail proof ways to get through summer with your body intact.
1.FOOD ON THE GO
During the social summer season we move around a lot and as a result we consume a lot of snacks which can pile up the kilos. Solution: Cut up fruit and vegetables for ready and handy snacks. Stock up on raw nuts (almonds, cashews, pecan etc.) and seeds. You can buy in bulk and make your own little take away packs.
It is the season to love salads and to experiment beyond the Green salad. Be creative and think outside the usual. Add fruits, nuts and seeds to your salads. Explore a variety of leafy greens.
Eat you food as raw as possible. Who wants to stand over the stove in this heat?
3.BANISH THE BOOZE
May be not completely but watch what you drink. It’s too easy to overdo it with alcohol calories but the bar can be as lethal to your waist (or hips) as the dessert table. Tread carefully.
I looked up a few of the popular cocktails and discovered these eye opening numbers.
|DRINK||ESTIMATED CALORIES* PER STANDARD SERVING
(May vary according to ingredients and size)
|Mojito||Up to 220|
|Strawberry Daiquiri||Up to 600|
|Gin & Tonic||Up to 200|
|Red or White wine||Up to 120|
|Beer||Up to 200|
|Long Island||Up to 780|
To bring these figures into perspective consider that a single glazed donut can contain up to 220 calories. Are you sober yet?
Good old water still remains the best for maximum hydration. Most of us are now familiar with water infusions, it’s time to switch it up with tea infusions.
Skip the store bought ice tea which has preservatives, artificial flavours and added sugar and make your own. Use black tea, rooibos or green tea and add your favourite fruits (I love using mixed berries) or berries and voila! You have refreshing ice tea without the bad chemicals and added sugar.
One of the best things about summer are the impromptu parties that sprout out whenever people gather. It’s celebration time and nothing says celebration more than dancing, it’s the best way to exercise without feeling like you are really working out.
Did you know that every 30 minute you spend on the dance floor can burn the equivalent of 1 glass of wine i.e. 100-120 calories? So get on the dance floor and make shake your thing.
Do you have your own tried and tested tips to stay trim during the holiday season? I’d like to hear them.
Nutrivore love always,Lindi