Summer is quickly approaching! Some of us will find ourselves with a house full of kiddos again. Others enjoying vacations. Will you be staying with a friend or family member? Relaxing in a glamorous hotel? Are you like me and you’ll be spending countless hours in the car?
How do we manage this AND continue the healthy habits we’ve learned?
My Summer suggestions are pretty simple.
- Keep options in the house that are healthy. Don’t waste money on chips and candy. Stock up on healthy, hydrating and energy creating foods instead. Fruits and veggies, peanut butter for the celery, hummus, triscuits if you need something with crunch… Healthy choices are out there. You simply have to be willing to purchase them.
- Make the foods fun. My boys love frozen red grapes, ants on a log and creating their own trail mix. All snacks that I too am willing to eat.
- Avoid fast food and fried foods whenever possible. I know road trips and menus can be tough, but there ARE options. Plan ahead and pack a cooler for your road trip. For us, this was the best change. It saved us a ton of money driving to and from NY, PLUS I don’t get the fast food exhaustion that used to hit after we ate. As for menus in general, order items that are grilled/baked rather than fried, request items with dressings & condiments on the side, remind yourself that ordered meals tend to be more than we need. Take half home.
- STAY HYDRATED! If you are like us and spend much of your Summer in the pool, hiking and at the skatepark you will need to be sure the kiddos (and yourself) are drinking water. Lead by example. Fill water bottles before you head out. Stop for water breaks to ensure they (and you) are drinking. As adults we aim for our 8 glasses. Kids are smaller, but the recommended amount is STILL 5-7 glasses. My kids drink a lot of water, but I often doubt they actually get that much. Using our water bottles helps me keep track.
- Try to keep your outdoor workouts to early in the morning or later in the evening. This is simply my opinion, but as a runner and power walker… Being out when the sun is at its peak in the afternoon is the absolute worst. Between the heat and protecting your skin from the sun, well… join a gym, or plan your schedule accordingly.
Enjoy your Summer, but don’t use it as an excuse to overindulge.
Be safe. Be healthy. Be present. Be you.