Seven Slimming Tips for the End of Summer
As summer slowly comes to an end, get a head start on your healthy eating schedule for the fall with these seven super easy tips. Try a few at first or dive in full force and loose a couple of lbs. Forget the fad diets that come and go as fast as the current fashion trends. These seven tips give you a realistic way to eat healthy, stay full and have energy throughout the day…from your local holistic nutritionist...me.
1: Have 2 full glasses of water first thing in the morning: After a nights sleep, your body has been without water for the whole duration of your sleep, anywhere between 5 to 8 hours. When you first awake, you’re usually dehydrated and may confuse being thirsty with being hungry. Try drinking 2 full glasses of water first thing in the morning to satiate your thirst. Then as your morning progresses and you become hungry, you’ll know it’s the real deal and not just your body craving water. I recommend drinking around 9 cups of water throughout the rest of your day for healthy hydration.
2. Have some protein for breakfast: No matter what you eat for breakfast, add a bit of protein to your meal to keep you full longer. I love adding walnuts to my oatmeal or almond butter to my green smoothie. Eating protein in the morning prevents you from eating a larger breakfast, thus making your digestive system have to work harder, which in turn makes you fatigue faster throughout your day.
3. Have a salad for lunch and with dinner: For me, the best way to keep full, energized and satisfied throughout the day is by having a large salad for lunch. By substituting different vegetables and proteins each day, I create a completely different scrumptious salad to suit my ever-changing pallet. Adding a small salad to any dinner prevents you from munching on bread or eating dessert. It’s another simple way to keep you full and guilt free.
|Home made salads are always the healthiest!|
4. Do some sort of exercise throughout the day: Whether it’s a thirty minute morning walk to coffee or a work out class, exercise not only increases your metabolism and helps to digest food, it also helps to jumpstart or maintain a healthy eating regimen…after a run or yoga class you’re not usually craving a burger and fries.
|Myara and Shana's post run abb workout.|
5. Bring a snack with you: In order to keep your blood sugar level stable, bring a snack with you in your bag or car just incase you need a quick pick me up. It’ll prevent you from buying a pastry from your local Starbucks. Healthy snacks are best munched upon between lunch and dinner.
|Local organic fruit always makes for a great snack!|
6. Eat an early dinner: One of my favorite tips for de-bloating is to eat dinner before 7pm, when possible. I personally try to eat an early dinner during the workweek, so that I can socially dine late into the evenings on the weekends. Eating an early dinner is not only better for digestion; it also stops cravings before they happen. This way, you can eat smart rather then get so hungry that you end up gorging on foods that you would not normally eat. You can proactively take control over your hunger rather than have it take control over you.
7. Avoid sugar or sweetened foods: Sugary foods not only make us fat, they also make you hungrier. Once consumed, your blood sugar spikes and then immediately crashes, which in turn make your want to indulge in more sugary foods to get you back on your feet. Processed grains such as breads, pastas and cereal do the same thing to your body as consuming a piece of candy...there is no difference. Besides having no nutritional value, sugar is the most addictive foods out there. It’s a vicious and unhealthy cycle.