The lazy days of summer can disrupt our best intentions and leave our healthy dietary routines and rituals sliding sideways.
That’s okay! It’s all good. We are human and we should not pass on the opportunity to enjoy one more ice-cream in the sunshine or a glass of chilled white wine with friends on a sunny patio; especially those of us who live up here in Canada!
The onset of September with cooler weather and new school and work routines gives us the opportunity to put some structure back into our days, to renew old resolutions and to make healthy changes.
I offer up these 5 tips for reigning those good intentions into daily actions that over time and with consistency will make positive changes to your health.
1. Drink more water. Turn this intention into an action by buying a new water bottle (available anywhere that is reminding you it is time for ‘Back To School!’) and filling it everyday. Drink your water! and if it is still in your bottle at bedtime….drink it then! Forgo summery sodas, wine coolers, sweet fruit juices and sweetened iced coffee. Kick that sugar out of your diet and stick with H2O to rehydrate after the heat of summer. Water hydrates sun-kissed skin, lubricates tennis battered knees and elbows and keeps you feeling fuller for longer.
2. Set yourself up for positive change with a kitchen overhaul. It is the perfect time of year to shop your local Farmers Market for seasonal vegetables Autumn fruits. Fill your refrigerator with squash, peppers, tomatoes, leafy greens and the new season apples and plan to eat only from this harvest. The internet is the most wonderful cookery book. Google the vegetables that are in season and pick out a delicious recipe that uses the bounty your have bought home.
Overhaul your pantry to remove those summer indulgences that have crept in. I have just trashed a lazy box of organic macaroni cheese, a box of ice-cream cones and a box of chocolate wafers for ice-cream! (There is a theme here!) They were fun. I enjoyed every lick and crispy crunch on a hot evening but we are beginning again and that means removing all the easy boxed and processed foods from your pantry. I offer a 11/2 hour Detox Your Kitchen Cupboards on my services page to help you get started.
3. Eat breakfast. Waking late on a lazy summer morning can mean that breakfast morphs into lunch and supper can slide late into the evening. During fall begin your day right with an early morning routine. Start the day with lemon water to prime the stomach for digestion, stimulate the gall bladder and flush through the liver, then eat a sugar free nourishing breakfast within 30 minutes of waking to stimulate your metabolism. Think eggs and greens, coconut and chia overnight pudding or a nutritious shake such as my Sugar Detox Morning Shake.
4. Take baby steps. Do you have that ‘all or nothing’ mentality? I suffered with it for years. When I wanted to make healthy changes to my diet before I did all my nutritional learning, I would cut out a couple of whole food groups and introduce a killer workout regime all in one fell swoop. I would set myself up for failure and mentally beat myself when it happened.
My philosophy today is that small changes sustained over time produce real results. It is all about the baby steps, baby! Start with one small action such as drinking water and do it until it is your habit, only then plan for and add in your next step such as lemon water or a nutrition rich breakfast.
5. Talk to a Nutritionist. If you want to use the fall months to invest in yourself and address a significant health goal you will find the support you need by talking to a Holistic Nutritionist or other health professional. A Nutritionist can alert you to hidden imbalances and deficiencies in your diet, is educated the specialist knowledge of which foods would best ring your health back into balance and can arm you with fist full of killer recipes suited to your bodies needs and schedule. They can also offer you the guidance and support you need to stick to your healthy changes and achieve your goal.
I would love to know what strategies work for you when it comes to making your own healthy changes and please share this content with your friends.
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