How to Get Back on Track After the Summer
Summer is my favorite time of year. Hiking, beach days, patio hangs, bbqs, music festivals.... All that fun makes healthy routines go out the window. September is the perfect time to set some new goals, re balance and refocus.
Here are some of my top tips for getting back on track after summer holidays:
1. Take a break from alcohol, sugar and caffeine. These stimulants can add stress and inflammation to the body so look at taking a little break from each of them. Try replacing coffee with matcha or cut back your intake slowly to avoid headaches. Limit refined sugars and try fruit such as apples or pears with almond butter or a little dark chocolate if you get cravings.
2. Drink lots of water. Start your day with some warm lemon water to get your digestive system going or try my debloat tea. Also include herbal teas such as mint, ginger and fennel to help keep you hydrated and aid in digestion and detoxification.
3. Add greens to each of your meals. Try adding a handful or two of spinach to your morning smoothie or with your eggs for breakfast. Aim to have one large salad each day loaded with different types of veggies and paired with a healthy fat and protein for a light meal.
4. De-bloat with apple cider vinegar. One of the biggest tips I have for reducing bloating is to have 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar mixed with half a cup of room temperature water half hour before meals. This helps to stimulate stomach acid to better digest your food. You can also add apple cider vinegar to a large water bottle and sip throughout the day, which can help reduce sugar cravings as well.
5. Get back into your exercise routine. Try something new, sign up for a class you have always wanted to try or look at hiring a personal trainer to put together a program for you. Just get moving!
6. Be prepared. Set Sunday or Monday up as your shopping day and stock up on healthy foods . Chop up some veggies so you have an easy snack to pair with hummus or to throw into stirfrys in a pinch. Batch cook a protein source (chicken, fish, grass fed beef, tempeh) and a healthy carb like quinoa or roasted yams. This makes throwing a meal together simple and easy!
If you need some extra help, try downloading my free 7 Day Reset Guide complete with a full meal plan, supplement recommendations and lifestyle tips.
I hope this helped you get motivated to get your health back on track! As always, here for questions.
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