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How was summer? Did you enjoy a vacation or two? How about those picnics and barbeques? They were fun right? So have you slipped out of your shorts and tried to get into a pair of jeans and they’re a wee bit tighter than the last time you wore them? Don’t worry! It happens to all of us at one time or another.
Summer has us more active but also knocks us out of our routine especially when it comes to what we are eating and drinking. Then when we try to put on clothes we have not worn in a few months, we realize just how far off track we may have gotten.
It’s okay. It happened. Let it go. Don’t beat yourself up. Focus on getting back on track. Decide right this moment that you are going to move back to eating clean. Below are a few more tips to help you ease back into a healthy lifestyle this fall:
Stay hydrated. Surprisingly, when it is hot it quite easy to get off track with drinking our water which results in our becoming dehydrated. Make drinking water throughout the day a priority. For me I have gone back to carrying a gallon of water with me no matter where I go. Whether I am in the office or at the gym, that jug of water is with me. Seeing it visually go down or NOT go down is enough to push me to drink the water my body needs. Don’t add artificial sweeteners to your water. If you really need flavor, opt for a slice of fruit.
Cleanse your system. No I’m not talking about a juice cleanse or anything like it. What I am talking about is removing the processed, packaged foods, and snacks that may have found their way into your diet. Focus on eating whole, real foods like vegetables, fruits and lean meats. It’s time to be picky about what gets in your body.
Rest. Summer fun that leads into nights, may have robbed us of the sleep our bodies need. Not only do we feel exhausted, when we are tired we may not make the best decisions as far as eating and exercise. Shoot for 8 hours of sleep every night.
Exercise. Fall is the PERFECT time to get back on track with your exercise routine. Grab your sneakers and favorite workout clothes, put them on and head out the door. Remember if you are starting back take it easy in the beginning. The most important thing is that you get up and get moving.
Have a wonderful week!
To your health,