18 Tips for a Healthy Summer

Summer is here, marking a time for travel, barbecues, and lots of socializing with family and friends.

Here are several smart and simple strategies to start off your summer on a healthy track.

  1. ceramic bowl filled with fresh blueberries and raspberries on a picnic table.Grab a fruit. Keep your home filled with lots of fruit. Enjoy colorful summer fruit like watermelon and also try to keep fruit on hand that you can toss in your bag and take along to avoid temptations.
  2. Bring along a water bottle. Staying hydrated is very important especially in the summer heat.
  3. Fiber up! Foods high in fiber keep you feeling full and help fight disease.
  4. Get moving. This is a great time of year to stay active.
  5. Be social. When going to a social gathering, instead of focusing on the food, enjoy the company.
  6. Eat sitting down. A great way to avoid nibbling is to follow this rule. Somehow, when we eat standing, we do not pay attention to what and how much we are eating.
  7. Keep a veggie platter handy. You’ll have something nutritious to nibble on.
  8. Eat before you eat. Going to a party and not sure what your host will serve? Eat something before you go. Avoid “saving up” and overdoing it.
  9. Snack smart. Skip the chips and choose nuts instead.
  10. Have an attitude of gratitude. Be grateful for the good things in your life.
  11. Eat a colorful salad. Fill up on an assortment of colorful veggies and you’ll get a dose of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, and fiber without too many calories.
  12. Hold the dressing. The best way to be sure that your salad or meal is not too caloric is to ask for dressing and sauces “on the side.”
  13. Share, share, and share! Eating out? Share your meal with you partner and you’ll be satisfied without overdoing the calories.
  14. Write it down. Keep a food journal from time to time and to see just how much you are eating.
  15. Relax and don’t stress. Eating should be pleasurable and should not stress you out.
  16. Buy single-servings. One of the easiest ways to eat less is to buy single servings of your favorite foods and snacks.
  17. Keep small baggies handy. While you may not always be able to buy single servings, portioning out a snack into a small baggie is the next best thing.
  18. Get a good night sleep. Most people need at least 7 hours of sleep. Put your cell phone away, and relax, as tomorrow is another day.

Happy summer!

Adapted from: HuffPost.com