The summer is nearing the end and can sometimes be a roll of the nutrition dice, especially this summer. At times it feels that we didn’t have a true summer due to the shutdowns caused by the Covid pandemic. You may have a summer full of nontravel or local travel, smaller outdoor parties, and scheduled inconsistencies. This summer is far more memorable than any other and made it hard to stay on track with nutrition. Or you may have had a summer with a lighter workload, no school commitments, and a lot of extra time to commit to fitness and nutrition.
Regardless of the type of summer you are having, make the best of it when it comes to your health.There are 4 ways to enjoy your summer and events, while still maintaining your progress and building healthy habits.
1. Continue to track in MyFitnessPal: People who track are more likely to stay on track. Don't avoid entering meals if you "went over." That is ok! Have your treat and move on, but be aware of where you are.
2. Eat vegetables first: For every meal, continue to fill up on vegetables first. By doing this, you consume fewer calories in the long run.
3. Plan ahead for travel meals: If you are traveling, think about meals ahead of time. Pack non-perishable snacks such as RX Bars, turkey jerky, and whey protein. Make sure you always have a quick snack for when you are hungry.
4. Monitor your alcohol intake: Keep an eye on the amount of sugar in your drinks. Avoid sugary, premixed drinks and stick to clear liquors or wine. This will help cut your sugar and calorie intake.
If your summer means a shift in your routine, use it to your advantage. How can you use this opportunity to build good habits and use this as a catapult for continued progress into the fall season?