Now that summer is in full swing, people are spending a lot of time at the beach, in parks, amusement facilities, tailgating at the baseball games (unless you’re a Dodger fan, in which case you’re home), or backyard barbeques. (Hello Dodger fans!)
Have you spent any time at the gym? On a treadmill? On your bike heading for the mountains? How about eating healthy? Beach food? I don’t think so. Park fare? Maybe not. Tailgating? Uh uh. So let’s talk about a few things you can do to improve your health.
First off is nutrition. Good eating. Healthy habits.
Start by replacing your dinner plates with small ones. You’ll tend to eat more on a 12 inch plate than a 10 inch plate. Better yet, use a salad plate. You won’t fill up as much and you’ll cut your calorie intake by 20%.
Buy a set of ramekins. Use these for deserts such as ice cream or puddings. Just a few spoonfuls as compared to a huge bowl.
Eat an apple and drink a glass of water before your meal. The skin is fiber and it will give you a feeling of fullness before you start eating.
Keep junk foods to a minimum in the pantry and put them way in the back. When you’re looking for something to eat chances are you’ll take the first thing you see. So keep the healthy food in the front.
As far as the exercise, try to do something physical after a meal. Especially dinner. Go for a walk, take the kids out for a bike ride, run with the dog, meet a neighbor for a stroll. You’ll burn calories and you won’t want the extra calories that come from snacking after a meal.
If you watch TV at night, play games with your programs. If you’re a True Blood fan like I am, you have to do 5 pushups every time fangs are exposed. Or 5 crunches when the “F” word is said. (Prepare to do a LOT of crunches).
I tried that with the Sopranos once and I think I did 14,755 crunches. Anyway, you get my point. Move.
These are just a few of the things that will keep you on the right track. If you need more tips or want a healthier way of life, call us or stop in. We’re always here for you and we’ll show you how to do it right. And you’ll have fun! Really. Really!
Thanks for listening and have a healthy day!