In the middle of a summer heat wave, it is really easy to lose track of your nutrition. Whether you are on a boat, at the beach, working in an office, or at a 4th of July BBQ, there are ways to prepare yourself to keep up with your nutrition. Preparation is always the most important thing. If you know you are going to eat burgers and drink beer all day at a BBQ, try to buckle down on your nutrition for a day or 2 before.
In theory, summer SHOULD be an easy time to eat well. In New England, the local harvests are booming! Fresh fruit, seasonal veggies, CSAs, and Pastured meat selection are at an all time high. Things are in season, and it shows. However, that does not mean it is easy to stay on a healthy eating plan. Shop locally, go berry picking, and check out all of the nearby farmers markets. The large stores are too accessible, and they make it really easy to forget what we have right at our fingertips in Little Rhody.
Summertime means using the grill. Grilling is one of the best ways to make a complete and healthy meal. A lot of people don't realize just how many things you can grill. Meat, potatoes, vegetables, fruit, tofu, and even pizza (not the healthiest option, but just to prove a point). You can put most things on the grill, and season them with fresh herbs and fruit marinades. Don't be afraid to be creative. Take advantage of the beautiful weather, and make yourself a clean and healthy meal while sitting outside and enjoying it.
MOST Important Principles of Nutrition
1- Eat real foods as much as you can. Prepare your own meals whenever you can. This is the only way to truly know what ingredients go into the meal that is going into your body.
2- Find balance. Do whatever you have to do to obtain a healthy relationship with food. Cravings are purely emotional, so try your best to overcome them. By exercising regularly and leading a healthy lifestyle, you should be on the way to learning how to listen to your body. Eat when you are hungry, but do not wait until you are starving. Eat until you are satisfied, but not until you are stuffed.
3- Remember you are an individual. What may be the answer for someone else, might not be the answer for you. Take your time, and find your way. Your mind and body are different than anyone else.
4- AVOID processed food. This means white flour, sugar, certain grains, and dairy. Learn about food. Learn how to read labels. Learn how to cook healthy meals. Learn how to take care of your body, and it will take care of you.
5- HYDRATE. Water makes up most of your body- you need it.
6- Sleep and get adequate rest. Recover well from your workouts, and your body will reap the benefits of an efficient routine.
7- You are 100% responsible for your own life, health, and happiness. Refuse to submit to the standard dogmas just because everyone believes them. Read, think, inquire, and judge for yourself.