Monday Motivation – 29 July 2013

July 29, 2013

General, Motivation, Tips & Tools

Weekly Motivation Message

This week’s message is about healthy summer eating.

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Tips for a slimmer summer

Backyard barbecues, vacations, wedding receptions, baseball games, ice cream trucks…it
seems like summertime is one giant food fest!

It’s true that many of summer’s most popular activities are centered on food. But not
all of the foods we eat in the summer are good for us. Fortunately, the
warmer temperatures offer a lot of great food options that are delicious and
help you not pack on the pounds! Try these tips for enjoying the summer and eating healthy:

  • Find fresh local produce. Summertime offers a bounty of just-off-the-plant
    fruits and vegetables. Tomatoes, watermelons, cantaloupes, peaches,
    green beans, corn, squash…the list goes on and on. The best way to enjoy
    fresh produce is from your very own garden. But if you don’t have a
    garden, you can still enjoy fresh summer fruits and vegetables. Check
    out your local farmers’ market. Some farmers even sell their
    produce locally and many supermarkets have a section dedicated to local
    produce.
  • Get out the grill. Whether it’s charcoal or gas, a grill allows you to
    cook great-tasting meals using very little (or no) fat. Choose lean cuts
    and limit (or avoid) processed meats, such as hot dogs. Think about
    grilling vegetables and fruits, too. Grilling brings out the flavors and
    colors of the food. And it’s so easy…and there’s less mess to clean up!
  • Hit a healthy home run. Whether it’s watching your kid’s team or a major
    league game, a trip to the ballpark doesn’t have to derail your good
    eating habits. Most major and minor league stadiums offer healthy
    options, including gluten-free foods and choices for vegetarians. If the
    big game is for your little one, consider bringing your own healthy
    snacks. But if a baseball game just isn’t complete without a hot dog and
    a beer or soda, make it a small hot dog and a light beer/soda.
  • Drink up.
    During the warmer months, it’s easy to get dehydrated. And sometimes
    when you think you feel hungry, you’re actually thirsty. So make sure
    you’re getting enough to drink. But don’t overdo it with high-calorie
    sugary drinks. And of course, be careful with drinks containing alcohol,
    which make dehydration worse…and add lots of calories. For example, a
    frozen margarita can pack a whopping 900 calories! Water is your best
    thirst-quenching option.
  • Plan for parties. You know those strategies you use to avoid
    overeating at parties during the winter holidays? They work for summer
    parties, too! Eat something before you go, so you’re not as tempted by
    unhealthy choices. With so many fresh fruits and vegetables available,
    it’s usually pretty easy to find a healthy salad or veggie dish on the
    menu.
  • Don’t scream for ice cream. Summer and ice cream seem to go hand in hand. But
    ice cream can be high in calories and fat. For instance, a 1/2 cup of
    Haagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream has 200 calories and 18 grams of fat. Try
    to curb your craving for something sweet and cool with frozen yogurt,
    sorbet, or sherbet. The same 1/2 cup serving of Haagen-Dazs vanilla frozen
    yogurt has slightly fewer calories (180) than the vanilla ice cream, but
    it’s a lot lower in fat (4.5 grams). Better yet, a 1/2 cup of Haagen-Dazs
    mango sorbet has only 120 calories and no fat!

Take advantage of all that summer has to offer with foods that are fresh, tasty,
and good for you!

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