10 Top Tips To Stay Healthy & Feel Your Best This Summer

10 Top Tips To Stay Healthy & Feel Your Best This Summer

Warmer weather and lighter evenings can bring a busy social schedule, late nights and temptations that can throw your health off track a little, from eating out more at restaurants and having a few drinks in the park,  to holidays and trips away from your healthy routine. So I’ve put together my 10 Top Tips to help you stay healthy and feel your best this summer!

 

  1. Bring a Healthy Dish to Social Gatherings

If you’re attending a social gathering where eating is involved, bring a healthy dish to share. Consider bringing a summer salad bowl, grilled chicken or fish, a selection of roasted vegetables and sweet potato, or even a big fresh fruit platter. Why not try this Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower, this Courgette & Salmon Frittata or this Sticky Peanut Butter Tofu.

 

  1. Fill Up On Seasonal Produce

⁠e.g. cherries, blueberries⁠, cucumber, tomatoes⁠, spinach⁠

Visit your local farmer’s market to find the freshest produce. Try a new recipe using vegetables that are in season, like a cherry crumble or a fresh summer salad.

  1. Limit alcohol

Limit alcohol to just one drink or less, and drink water before and after drinking alcoholic beverages. For more tips on what drinks to go for, check out my blog post on Calories in Alcohol.

 

  1. Hydration Is Key

The warmer weather means we naturally lose more moisture through sweating.⁠ Avoid the fatigue and low energy that can be brought on by even mild dehydration by sipping water throughout the day. ⁠

Keep a reusable bottle of water with you all day and leave it out on your desk at work as a reminder. Try infusing water with cucumber peel, lemon slices, fresh mint leaves or a handful of raspberries for extra flavour. ⁠

  1. Wake Up Early

Take advantage of the morning sun – jump out of bed and get some movement in. ⁠⁠Find a form of exercise that you enjoy, whether it’s lifting weights, a jog in the park, a pilates class or a gentle yoga session at home. ⁠

 

  1. Choose whole unprocessed foods where possible

Fill up on fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, beans, lentils and chickpeas, and limit most pre-packaged foods, especially those with lots of added sugar and artificial ingredients like sweeteners and preservatives. ⁠Try to cook the majority of your meals at home, and if you need some recipe inspiration head to the recipes page of my website!

  1. Balance your meals

Make sure each meal contains a balance of macronutrients and micronutrients. This means containing a source of protein like wild salmon or tofu, healthy fats like avocado or olive oil and complex carbohydrates like sweet potato or brown rice, as well as an array of vitamins and minerals.

 

  1. Bring healthy snacks on the plane if travelling

Consider bringing some nutrient-dense snacks with you on the plane or on long car journeys if you’re travelling. Being prepared can with healthy snacks on hand can help you to avoid overeating, dining out more than you have to, and falling off track with your health goals. Examples of good travel snacks:

  • Nuts or seeds
  • Dried or fresh fruit
  • Hummus with carrot or cucumber sticks
  • Fresh veggies
  • Lentil crisps
  • Homemade energy balls
  • Homemade treats like healthy brownies
  • Peanut butter or almond butter (mini squeezy packs are useful)

 

  1. Meal Prep

This is a great habit to continue all year long, but especially helpful during the busy summer months when you’re often on the go!

Start by planning out your meals for the week – make a weekly grocery shopping list, plan meals ahead of time, cook big batches of meals when you have time, let the meals cool and seal them in airtight containers. You can then store these in the fridge for up to 4 day, or put some of them in the freezer to defrost when you don’t have time to cook over the next few weeks or months.

 

  1. Consider a supplement to suit your unique needs

When it comes to supplementation, everyone is different. But many of us are deficient in certain nutrients, for example this could be vitamin D if you don’t spend much time outside in the sun, vitamin B12 if you eat a mostly plant-based diet or a whole host of other nutrients. Always seek personalised advice from a healthcare professional before taking supplements.

 

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