Memorial day is approaching and we’re on the brink of summer. With that comes lots of trips to the beach, spontaneous rooftop cocktails, and unhealthy temptations.
It’s easy to throw the healthy habits you’ve spent time carving into your routine out the window, and jump into the carefree “it’s summer, anything goes” mindset.
Here at Parsley, we know how challenging it is to remain on the healthy bandwagon, especially this time of year. But we want to remind you how to do your best no matter what situation you find yourself in.
Here are 5 ways to kick off summer the right way!
- Remember Your Goals. So many of our patients have made incredible progress towards alleviating their digestive issues, chronic fatigue, sleep issues, and more through simple diet changes. They feel lighter, clearer, and more energized. It feels so good to be healthy, doesn’t it? Remember this when you’re faced with either eating a cheeseburger or grilled salmon at your Memorial Day BBQ. Take a moment to pause and consider which one is going to make you feel good, not give you gas, bloating, or diarrhea.
- Stay Hydrated. Drinking enough water is key to keeping us healthy for various reasons: regular digestion, headache prevention, restful sleep, and clear skin. When we’re traveling and out of our usual routine, it’s super easy to forget to drink it regularly. To keep yourself hydrated, be sure to drink a big glass first thing in the morning, and have a glass with every meal throughout the day. Above all, drink one glass between alcoholic beverages to help out your liver and detoxification system.
- Eat Clean 90% of the Time. Let’s be real: it’s a holiday weekend, so you’re probably going to indulge. The key is making a conscious choice about the kind of indulgences you eat so that it doesn’t knock you completely off your health game. If you really want those cubes of cheese and that cupcake, be sure to load up on greens and veggies first. And make sure the next meal you have is clean—meaning it’s not processed, full of sugar, or preservatives.
- Chew Your Food. This may sound like an obvious one, but most of us actually don’t chew our food enough before we swallow it. No matter what you’re eating, chew it at least 20 times before it heads down to your stomach. This is important for two reasons. One, it helps our digestive system get a head start so we can avoid belly discomfort. Two, it helps us stay present to our meal and realize when we are full so we don’t overeat.
- Move Daily. There’s nothing better than kicking back on your beach chair and watching the waves crash on the beach. But when you’ve overindulged it’s always a good idea to get moving. This will ensure that your digestion system stays happy, and you’ll feel good knowing you got a little workout in everyday. Think: a 30-minute walk on the beach or in the park. If you’re feeling ambitious, find a local spin or yoga class.