How to Have a Great Gluten-Free Summer
Summer is now in full swing – beach trips, camps, pool time, play dates, cocktails on the deck, BBQs, more time with family and friends.
Dealing with all of this and keeping on your healthy gluten-free summer can sometimes be stressful and daunting.
When you have a plan in place to help you along, things can run smoothly and help create a wonderful gluten-free summer.
Hoping to have a healthy gluten-free summer?
Use some of the tips below to help you on your path.
Top 10 Tips to help you feel great and look fab this summer
1 – Get Outside
Venture outdoors. Soak up the sun and get some vitamin D to rejuvenate your body. Most of us are lacking in enough Vitamin D, which is necessary for multiple bodily functions. Get your daily quota by simply being outside for 15 minutes. Talk a walk, do some gardening or sit and read a book.
2 – Hit Your Local Farmer’s Market
The markets are opened and full of fresh, beautiful veggies. This is the best way to up your veggie consumption with seasonal goodness. Be bold and try a new vegetable.
Not sure where your Farmer’s Market is located? Check out www.localharvest.com
3 – Commune With Nature
Walk, breathe in the fresh air, plant some veggies or flowers, weed the garden, walk barefoot in the grass or on the beach. Wake up and go to sleep with the sun. Follow the rhythms of the Earth – see if you notice a difference in your energy.
4 – Hydrate Your Body
Drink lots of filtered water. Keeping your body hydrated throughout the day, especially in the heat of the summer, is essential. Keep a pretty stainless steel or glass bottle of water with you that you can refill once empty. This helps to keep you mindful of how much you are drinking all day.
Did you realize that often we think we are hungry but really we just need to drink some water? Try drinking some water the next time you think you need another snack.
5 – Cook Your Own Meals
Cooking your own meals is a great way to find your path to healthy living. By preparing your own food, you control what goes on your plate. You are in control of what goes in your mouth. No worries of cross-contamination or gluten ending up in your food! Experiment and see how delicious this can be, especially with all the wonderful seasonal veggies from the Farmer’s Market!
6 – Grab a Piece of Fruit for a Snack
Put down the chips, pretzels and ice cream! Grab a piece of whole fruit for a satisfying snack. Yes, fruit contains sugar but this is natural sugar, not processed. By eating the whole fruit you are eating the fiber as well, which makes a terrific snack and health boost for your body. Plus, fruit is very refreshing and hydrating on a hot summer day. There is an abundance of fruit this time of the year – indulge!
7 – Grab Your Greens
While at the Farmer’s Market, grab some Swiss or rainbow chard, kale or spinach. Try sautéing these greens and adding them for breakfast – a great way to start your day! Serve them with scrambled eggs, on toast with avocado and a dash of sea salt, or add into your favorite smoothie – delicious!
Use a mixture of greens in a salad – add protein (chicken, fish, eggs, beans) and dish them over quinoa or brown rice with lots of chopped veggies. Drizzle some smashed avocado whisked with olive oil over your salad for a healthy dressing and you have a nice simple dish for dinner.
8 – Get Your ZZZs
Sleep is one of the best things you can do for your body. Most of us can really notice a difference when we are lacking in rest – I sure do! Aim for a minimum of 7 hours of sleep a night. When you’re tired your hunger hormones get mixed up, which can cause being hungrier all day. Be careful as simply being tired can sabotage your weight!
9 – Exercise
Whether you are just starting or already on a regular exercise routine, it is super important to move your body. Gardening, housework and chores all keep you moving, but now is the time to hit the park to add in an evening walk with family or friends, or join a yoga or Pilates class. You may even find an outdoor exercise class, look for one near you. Make this your gluten-free summer of exercise!
10 – Hire a Health Coach (Hello!)
Need a boost to find your road to healthy? Maybe you know what you should be doing, but aren’t. Everyone is unique as we all need different aspects to get to our own personal road to healthy living. Some may need a few tweaks while others may be dealing with diabetes, weight issues, food allergies or autoimmune diseases.
Health Coaches, like me, work with you on your personal health goals, by teaching and supporting you in achieving those goals. We give you a boost to stay on track and keep you motivated. Need help to reach your health goals? Talk to me! E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org – introduce yourself so we can set up a free consultation to see what you need! I hope to hear from you!
Have fun getting ready for your healthiest gluten-free summer yet!
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