SUMMER

    FIT MOMS : GREAT WAYS TO STAY HEALTHY THIS SUMMER

    FIT MOMS : GREAT WAYS TO STAY HEALTHY THIS SUMMER 1024 1024 Delphine Remy | Holistic Nutrition & Eating Psychology Coach

    Working moms, professional moms, stay at home moms — all lead extremely demanding and busy lifestyles. Between maintaining a career and managing to pick up the little ones from after school activities on time, preparing dinner and trying making time for yourself in the form of a workout, can prove difficult. Hence why so many women have put their body and health on the back-burner.
    This summer I encourage you to take another approach to fitness and health. After all we all have the same 24 hours in a day.

    Manage Your Time

    Schedule your workouts. It’s a great time of year to treat your skin and body to a good dose of Vitamin D. The weather is gorgeous, nature is beautiful — no need for indoor sweaty workout sessions — go for a breezy run or a Nordic walk, swim laps in the pool or at the sea. Take advantage of the summer to workout outside. Why not try out a new routine for the summer and commit to morning runs in the crisp morning air before the kids are up and “mom” life kicks in? The energy your new morning routine brings, will be the perfect way to kickstart your day. Find support in your girlfriends and accept the “Be Fit for the Summer” Challenge by scheduling your workouts.

    Opt for a healthy breakfast full of proteins, healthy carbs and good fats. Easier said than done but Moms, try and stay away from sweets in the morning to help maintain a steady blood sugar and avoid mid-day sugar crashes. Say no to orange juice and jelly pastries and say yes to an Avocado and Kiwi Smoothie or Energy Balls. Check out Delphine’s Kitchen to learn quick on-the-go breakfast recipes for the on-the-go mom schedule.

    Plan your Meals. Most of us, men and women alike, receive a 60 min lunch hour amidst a crazy day filled with emails, calls, task lists and meetings. It can sometimes feel more satisfying to just skip lunch in order to complete just one more task item. Skipping lunch causes you to experience low energy, brain fog and mood swings due to the dip in blood sugar. Not only that, but skipping meals on a regular basis deregulates your metabolism and leaves your body no choice but to turn to your muscles as a fuel source. The muscles you’ve worked so hard to build. #notworth

    I believe and support in leading a healthy well-rounded lifestyle. And nutrition for the mind and body are a big part of that. So whether you’re a fan of meals on the go, meals in a form of a protein smoothie, or meals on a terrace – take the time to plan out lunch. We recommend planning first thing in the morning before you head out the door. (just in case, you want to throw together a quick harvest salad). By planning beforehand, you limit your chances of a crash and avoid the taboo act of grabbing fast food. This is the season for abundance — so stock up on fruits, veggies and fresh proteins. Read my blog post on Eat Colorfully. This very simple act can help curb some of our unhealthy cravings.

    Set goals. What are your goals this summer? Is it to fit into that cute sun-dress you’ve been eyeing or to show off a new figure you’ve been working on? Maybe it’s to run that marathon on your bucket list? Whatever your goals are, they are your goals. Take some time and set personal goals for the summer that will bring positive yet rewarding challenge(s) into your life. Use these goals to build upon healthier routines that will set you up for success in the future.

    Hydration, Hydration, Hydration.

    Drink lemon water everyday. Think of this as a cardinal rule 2nd inline to “Treat others as you would want to be treated.” Drinking regular (not flavored or sparkling) filtered room temperature water first thing in the morning can re-hydrate the body and flush the digestive tract of any toxins. Add lemon to help relieve indigestion or upset stomach. Lemon is also a great source of Vitamin C, aids in digestion, improves skin health and supports weight loss.

    HYDRATION

    Why is hydration important?
    Great question. Water regulates the body’s temperature, helps transport nutrients the body needs to function, lubricates joints and helps maintain your overall health. While we may not need to drink 8-12 glasses of water as so many physicians and specialists have recommended– some of the minor symptoms and side effects of dehydration include digestive problems, cramps, headaches, sleepiness or tiredness. By staying hydrated the body is able to detox faster and more efficiently.

    Bubbles and Spirits.
    On the subject of hydration, we know it’s the time of year for fun in the sun and while no one enjoys a glass of rosé wine more than I, I want to encourage everyone to abide by the one-drink rule this summer and re-hydrate with infused waters and green juices. Alcohol consumption can decrease the body’s ability to re-absorb water and increases urination causing the body to lose more fluid than normal.

    Juice for the Summer. The sun is warm on our skin and the breezes are fresh. What better way to spend the afternoon than outside, by the pool with a refreshing (and hydrating) summer juice in hand. Don’t have a juicer? — buy one! Juicers are far more affordable now than they once were and can be used to boost metabolisms, kick up diets, detox, build immune systems and get a day’s worth of nutrients and vitamins in one glass.

    Juice to stay hydrated!

    Juice to stay hydrated!

    Nom Nom Nom : Summer Foods and Healthy Weight

    Eat organic. You can and should eat organic all year long and now is the time to take advantage of nature’s offerings. Summer brings in abundance of delicious seasonal fruits and veggies. Opt for everything organic especially when you know that a lot of summer favorites such as peaches, grapes and strawberries are on the “Dirty Dozen Plus” list! What’s the “Dirty Dozen Plus” list? It’s a list containing all the fruits and veggies with the most pesticides. Eating organic is more than just a hipster trend, we encourage people to eat organic for a variety of reasons. For starters, organic farms subscribe to a standard of farming that strives to re-cycle resources, promote ecological balance, conserve biodiversity and promote local economy. Second, these farms are free of pesticides, synthetic additives, hormones, antibiotics and the use of chemicals that could be harmful to the body and environment. By eating organic, you support better local farming environments that are fresher, tastier and last longer.

    Dinner’s ready. Try to remember your meal rhythm this summer when enjoying late BBQ dinners on the terrace with friends and family. Meal rhythms are very important to balancing your metabolism, avoiding drops in blood sugar, weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight. Each person’s schedule will vary but generally speaking, it is recommended to eat at least 3 hours before bedtime.

    Spice up your meals with herbs and spices. Enjoy all the herbs nature has to offer during these warm months and maintain a healthy pH in the body while doing so! Cinnamon and ginger are fabulous at controlling blood sugar spikes, turmeric will keep away inflammation and cayenne will activate circulation. These herbs can also be used to add a little spice to your infused waters. Check out my post on “Hydration” and followed by recipes for fun infused water.

    Our Health is What We Make it.

    Being “Healthy” is a subjective term that has taken on quite a few definitions over the years so let me simplify it. Being healthy just means feeling good. Feeling good about yourself, about your body, about your life. If you can look in the mirror and say “I feel healthy. I am healthy.” Then chances are — you probably are. A big part of being physically healthy is being emotionally and mentally healthy so Moms, remember to take some time for you.

    Self-care. Book a mani-pedi, draw a bath, curl up with a good book or go for a walk by the sea. Make sure to find time 20 minutes in the day to give back to yourself so that you are able to share the best part of yourself with your families.

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