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Friday, August 3, 2018

7 Bariatric-Friendly Tips For Healthy Eating In The Summer

The summertime can be really hard to keep on track. We think it should be easier because of the weather, being able to do more activities outside, and the longer days. In fact, summer can be the hardest time to stay on goal. The key is to plan for keeping on track. Here are tips that should help:


1) Bring a dish to the picnic.


Going for a backyard barbecue? Offer to bring a dish to share. Pick a dish that is both healthy and tasty like a fresh fruit salad or marinated chicken legs.


2) Plate size always matters.


Make sure you keep the habit of using your right-sized dishes and flatware that meet your needs...despite the heat. If you are going to a picnic or backyard barbecue bring smaller paper plates to share and use.


3) Keep hydrated with fun summer drinks.


Boredom can be our worst enemy when it comes to sticking to our healthy lifestyle. Add fresh in season fruits to your water to make it flavorful and of the moment. And when you want to enjoy a mocktail or two check out these colorful and refreshing tasty drinks.


4. Take advantage of all the fresh seasonal foods available.


Fresh foods recently harvested taste the best and perk up our taste buds. They also tend to be the cheapest to buy because they are plentiful. Going to your local farmer’s market can be a fun activity and give you the best access to the bounty of healthy foods to explore. Trying out a farm coop can also be a great way to add dimension to your diet.

5. Avoid heating up your kitchen.


Heat exacerbates apathy. It also makes us miserable. There are a couple of ways to keep the heat out of your kitchen during the summer. You can plan “no cook” meals. Another way is to use a slow cooker in the summer as a great way to get meals started in the cooler part of the day that you can enjoy eating later in the day when you are ready to eat but not inclined to cook. Grilling outside or on a George Foreman grill also keeps the heat out and adds tastiness to your menu. Keep it practical and change things up to keep motivated and your palate pampered.

6) Plan ahead.


The best way to avoid making bad decisions when you are hot and tired is to pre-plan your menus. And always make sure you have in your pantry and refrigerator elements for a healthy go-to meal that works for your needs. Livliga has a FREE downloadable menu planner to help you get started.


7. Add summer activities into your schedule.


With the days longer and hotter we have to ramp up our activity (so we don’t give in to old negative behaviors because we are hot, bored, and grumpy) and do it during the coolest parts of the day or find places indoors to be active. Building in activities that you can only do during the summer makes it fun and special like kayaking, swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, biking, gardening and so much more. And find an activity buddy to make it fun and an accountability check.

We can preempt the summer doldrums and avoid getting off track with our eating if we acknowledge the challenge and do a little bit of proactive planning. The main thing is not to beat ourselves up but to make it about having a great summer while living it as our healthiest selves.

Enjoy! And Live Vibrant!

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