How to Reset Your Eating Habits at the End of Summer
After indulging in ice cream and one too many beers at backyard barbecues, your body is likely saying that it’s time for a cleanse. Time to say goodbye to laidback eating habits and hello to clean eating.
Don’t worry, hitting reset mode isn’t as hard as it seems. In fact, you will actually start to crave different foods since we are entering a new season. So, yes, it’s the perfect time to make some positive changes.
By following these easy seasonal diet tips, you’ll be feeling healthier and more energized than ever:
As with any cleanse, hydration is essential. Water is a natural detoxifier and appetite suppressant. If you’re not a big H2O drinker, it’s helpful to keep a glass nearby – whether it’s on your work desk, nightstand, or a bottle in your bag.
Added bonus: water is not only beneficial for clearing out the toxins, but it also improves your skin health. If you spent a ton of time in the sun these past few months, your skin is likely dry and dehydrated. Water hydrates from the inside out.
Curb your sugar cravings
Sugar is the leading cause of inflammation, weight gain and numerous health issues. While I am an advocate of cutting out as much sugar as possible, I know it’s not always realistic. If you have a sweet tooth, the best place to start is removing temptation. “Out of sight, out of mind” works wonders when it comes to unhealthy eating habits. Take a look in your pantry today and put the high-sugar foods in a spot that’s hard to reach.
Another effective technique is eating smaller, more frequent meals. If too much time passes between meals, you’re more likely to get “hangry” (hungry and angry). When you feel those hunger pangs, that’s a sign your blood sugar level is dropping and when this happens, you’re more prone to cravings and bad decision-making.
Stick to fresh, whole foods
Off to the farmer’s market! September is prime time for produce shopping. Stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables. If you’re not sure what’s in season near you, check out this Seasonal Food Guide.
One of the biggest benefits of whole foods is that they are high in fiber, which means you stay full longer. Fiber is also beneficial for your digestive system and metabolic health, making whole foods a crucial component of a cleanse.
In addition, it’s important to note that consuming whole foods is better than taking a supplement.
Research tasty new recipes
Resetting your diet doesn’t have to feel like work. There are likely many healthy alternatives for foods you’re already eating. All you need to do is swap a few ingredients to make it nutritious.
For example, if you normally buy ready-made smoothies, try making your own. Using your farmer’s market fruits and veggies, you can add nonfat Greek yogurt and water or coconut milk as the base. No extra sugar is necessary since fruits are naturally sweet.
Pro tip: berries are the healthiest fruits – blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are high in antioxidants.
Now, let’s get into your fall finest shape and if you need some support our online coaching program has a focus on nutrition!