It’s freaking hard to stick to a diet in the summer. I get it, we’re all double booked for events where we consume way too much alcohol, food and neglect our bodies. Luckily, I’ve been really disciplined, I wanted to share some ways I’m avoiding packing on summer lbs. Like everything, balance is the key.
“Salads are good for the body but chocolate is good for the soul.” -Me.
Avoid Buffets. This is a general rule for me in life. First off, ewww, who knows how long that food has been sitting there, or what flies have been feasting on it. Buffets allow for over-consumption. opt for an a la carte menu item.
Get ready for this one. As part of the Kushi Macrobiotic diet; don’t consume water 30 minutes before, during or after a meal. Water dilutes the acids and enzymes that help break down foods. I know, mind blown. I’ll let that settle in.
Take the shot. I used to be the white wine, champagne mami but those days are long gone. After learning the sugar content in these drinks, I’m through with consuming all those empty calories. A shot of (good) tequila is my new drink of choice, on the rocks, with a lime. I also gain major street cred.
Put in the work. You may not want to hear this, but I’ll say it anyway; you need to include physical activity in your EVERY DAY ROUTINE. I’m not saying go hard on the cardio 7 days a week, but I do suggest a run in the park, taking a yoga class or even a quick workout at home. No days off is a real thing. Sorry, no cheat cheats here.
Hold the froyo. This girl’s dairy days are over. I’ve banned most dairy from my diet with the exception of skim milk in my coffee (for now) and an occasional piece of cheese. One, dairy causes all kinds of acne problems. Two. It’s too harsh on your digestive system. Avoid it at all cost if possible.
Skip breakfast. Who gives a crap about “the most important meal of the day?” If you’re not hungry, don’t eat! If you’re anything like me, you can survive on a coffee and banana in the morning. You’re probably doing yourself a favor by not scarfing down a huge meal containing bread, eggs and bacon.
Super foods in doses. My weekly diet contains quinoa, peanut butter, hummus, avo and raw nuts. What could be the problem with these you might ask? Although these are healthy options, they could be fattening, if you don’t work out every day. My doc gave me that tip!
Dessert, sure! Not sure where my recent sweet tooth came from, but it’s here to stay. I curb those cravings by indulging, slightly. Small pieces of dark chocolate, cinnamon on fruits (delish), or frozen fruits are fantastic options, every so often throw in a cookie. If you’re presented with a dessert, go on, take two spoon fulls. You won’t harm your diet since this doesn’t happen on a regular basis, right?
Green juice craze. I’ve never been a fan of juicing. Lately, I have been into protein shakes, post workout but that’s as far as I’ll go. My doctor confirmed that there’s too much sugar in those juices and shakes to consume every day. When ordering a juice or smoothie, inquire what the base is. Most of the time you’ll find it’s either dairy or fruit juice based, not ideal options. A better alternative is organic coconut water for all you DIY fanatics.