As the UK begins to ease coronavirus lockdown measures, people who are suddenly able to spend more time outside may be somewhat surprised by the warm weather and long days. While the pandemic may have put a pause on many aspects of everyday life, weather patterns and the calendar have not been affected.
With summer comes a desire for many to achieve or maintain good physical fitness. Eating healthy is a particularly important part of reaching this goal, but summer also brings many unhealthy temptations, such as ice creams and sugary beverages. In order to stay healthy during the summer, consider these diet tips:
- Choose healthy foods—It’s always important that your diet includes fruits and vegetables, but when attempting to maintain or achieve a healthy weight, these culinary choices will work wonders. In addition to helping you trim a few pounds, fruits and vegetables also have other positive effects that may be particularly helpful during the summer, including assisting you in staying hydrated due to their high water content. Many fruits and vegetables may also contain beta-carotene, which provides protection for your skin from the sun.
- Make your own sweets—While excessive consumption of sugar and sweets may not be healthy, it is alright to indulge occasionally. That being said, you should consider finding ways to make these occasional treats as healthy as possible. Consider making your own sweets using ingredients such as fresh fruit, yoghurt, honey and nuts.
- Skip the process—Summer also means that you may find yourself enjoying a few barbecues with friends or family. When consuming meat, keep your health in mind and avoid processed meat as much as possible. Consider making your own burgers or cooking up some free-range poultry or steaks rather than less-healthy options like processed sausages.
- Limit your portions—Portion control is a key step to eating healthy. Limiting the amount of food that you eat will help you avoid reaching an unhealthy weight and also allows you to indulge a bit more often due to you consuming a lesser quantity of food to begin with.
- Document your diet—Record your food consumption in a journal over a short period, such as a week or even just a few days. Ask a friend or nutritionist to look over your entries and suggest some possible healthy changes, such as substituting fizzy drinks for sugar-free sparkling water.
Staying healthy during the summer can be difficult due to the many temptations that exist, but by making responsible culinary choices, you can live a healthy lifestyle while still enjoying the season.
This blog is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended to be exhaustive, nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as professional advice. Readers should contact a health professional for appropriate advice. Content by Zywave, Inc. provided by TH March.