Summer is a time of BBQs, extra sociable drinks, ice cream, and family camping trips. Unfortunately, some of us give up on our wellness plans over the summer because we want to enjoy ourselves. Let’s face it: our winters are hard and summers are short. We want to enjoy the sun, fun, and the extra yummy foods. We want to dive into all of our summer events and not worry about what we are eating.
September comes and then – watch out! As a health coach, I see the pattern: we go all-out during the summer and then comes the desperate call. It usually comes around the time the kids go back to school. The call explains that summer was a wellness washout and now there is a great desire to get back on track. There is frustration about the added weight gain and now there is a long list of wellness goals.
What if I told you it doesn’t have to be that way? What if I told you that summer is the best time of year to make wellness gains in your life and the life of your family? All it takes is a little mind shift and some encouragement to have your healthiest summer yet!
Here are some of the reasons why, as a season, you can’t beat summer to get your wellness plan up and going.
- Vegetables and fruit are in season. When vegetables and fruit are in season, they are at their nutritional best! Because they’re in season, they’re also less expensive, which is an added bonus. Find a local farmer or a U-pick and fill up on local in-season items.
- Getting outside to exercise is so much easier. After a hard winter, the streets and trails are cleared of snow and waiting for you. For all of you who said, “Once the snow goes I will be able to walk,” this is your time to shine! Get on your walking shoes, find a route that you like, and get out and enjoy the pleasant conditions. Remember: exercise doesn’t have to be extreme to be beneficial. Any movement is good for the body and it all adds up to great health gains!
- It’s prime time for outdoor cooking and grilling. While you are BBQing in the summer sun, start experimenting with grilling more veggies. Then, grill lots of your favorites and always have some extra in your fridge so you have yummy sweet roasted veggies on hand for lunches and dinners. You can also grill two chickens in the same time it would take to grill one, so throw on two and store the power of precooked protein in your fridge!
- Most of us take a summer vacation away from work. Use this time to sneak in a walk, swim, hike, or try out some new healthy recipes. Don’t forget that it is your vacation too! Summer is a great time to do some added self-care and recharge your batteries. Don’t forget to schedule in some down time just for you.
- There’s more daylight and sunshine. You have more of it and that helps you fit in exercise, meal planning, and preparation. This is a great time to store up some much-needed vitamin D. All you need is 15 minutes of direct sunlight on your hands and face each day (with no SPF – then slather it on!).
Here in Newfoundland and Labrador, we still have several months before the weather turns colder and we start to settle in for the winter. This is my summer time challenge to you: you still have a couple of months to work toward your improved wellness. 2 months, that is a long time! Think about how much could you get done in 2 months and start working toward your goals. You’ll thank yourself come winter!
Until next time, here’s to your improved health.
Laurie Pinhorn, Holistic Health Coach, is on a mission to help people break free from old eating patterns, create personalized nutrition plans, and create real change in their lives. With a background that includes 18 years in social work and a Masters in Holistic Nutrition, she is well equipped to educate and shift perspectives. Fueled by the truth about the food industry and armed with the right tools and strategies, Laurie is bringing true, long-lasting health and food freedom to those who crave and need change the most – one healthy decision at a time. For more information about Holistic Action visit them online at www.lauriepinhorn.com, or on Facebook or find Laurie on LinkedIn.