How Not to Sabotage Your Health This Summer

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You spent all spring gearing up for summer, swearing to be bathing suit-ready. And you were! And then Memorial Day hit and it’s been downhill ever since. Sound familiar? We could all come up with a ton of excuses for being off the healthy eating path, but that won’t get us anywhere. Instead, we need to stop the summer sabotage now. Here’s how:  

1. Smarten up about salads.

Salads are popular this time of year, but just because the base is green doesn’t always make it the best choice. Portion sizes definitely count, and too much added cheese and avocado (even though both are yummy) can add too many extra calories. Sure, grilled chicken makes for a great protein choice, but if it’s close to the size of an actual chicken, that’s another story. And those creamy salad dressings? They just add insult to injury. When creating your salad, keep your portion sizes in check, ask for the salad dressing on the side and don’t be afraid of leftovers.

2. Count your cocktails.

When daylight is longer, it isn’t surprising that we go out more at night and enjoy more after-work happy hours. But most people aren’t happy if they’re drinking themselves into a larger pants size. If your social life is busy, try including a fitness class before the drinks and dinner. If there isn’t time to do both, consider making a commitment to yourself to drink only on the weekends. And make sure your cocktails are not the fancy, sweetened kinds – the simpler the drink, the better.

3. Reconsider your coffee choice.

Who doesn’t love a large iced coffee in the heat of the summer? But if your cup of joe is more like a dessert than a drink, you’ve got a problem. Venti cups filled with whipped cream and syrup might be OK every once in a while, but you’re setting yourself up for disaster if you down them on a daily basis. Stick to small or medium drink sans the syrup and cream. If you can’t take your coffee without all the added sugar and fat, it might be time to change your morning routine.

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Source: U.S. News & World Report | Keri Gans

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