HOW TO MAINTAIN HEALTHY EATING HABITS THIS SUMMER
HEALTHY EATING WEEK 2021
This week (June 14 - 18) is Healthy Eating Week 2021. This year the British Nutrition Foundation is using the week to help people in the UK to "Find your healthier you". At The Doctors Clinic Group we wholeheartedly believe in a holistic approach to health in order to ensure you are at your healthiest. A healthy lifestyle, for the most part, starts at home and the habits you maintain in your day-to-day life. With summer now in full swing we wanted to offer our favourite tips that you can follow to establish healthy habits to support you manage your healthy eating this summer and beyond.
WHY DOES HEALTHY EATING MATTER?
It may feel trivial in the current climate to worry about weight or diet. However, many of us have had our routines turned upside down over the past year with lockdowns - and our eating and exercise habits were one of the first things to be sacrificed. In the past we may have scheduled daily work outs around office hours and meal prepped healthy lunches for each day of the week. Over the last 12 months our routines have been completely disrupted, this not only influences our physical health but also it affects our mental health too. One of the easiest ways to claim back that sense of power and independence is to look at the things we do each day, such as eating and exercising. What better way to create a sense of stability for our mental health than through a means that also benefits our physical health.
Maintaining your healthy habits this summer:
Snacking is a big summer activity, especially when the heat can make cooking and eating a big meal seem unappetizing. We can find ourselves grazing throughout the day. This can make it difficult to keep track of what we’re putting into our bodies. Make sure that your snacks are both delicious and nutritious. Many fruits and vegetables are in season during the summer months, making them the perfect thing to reach for when hunger strikes. Make eating healthy this summer even easier by prepping fresh fruit and vegetables in advance so that they are even more accessible throughout the day.
Hydration is extremely important during the summer, especially as we spend more time out in the sun. The heat can cause dehydration to occur must faster. Therefore, maintaining your water intake is vital. However, we know it can be difficult to always drink enough water. Although, you should aim for at least 2 litres every day. Luckily, fresh fruit and vegetables count towards your daily fluid intake due to their high water percentage. They are also packed full of vitamins and minerals which can help improve our overall health.
Make food exciting. Healthy food can and should be just as tasty as it is nutritious. The more excited you are about your healthy food options, the less likely you are to crave the non-healthy option. Food is fuel, but it can also be an enjoyable experience. Try experimenting with your recipes, especially salads this summer. Swap out that boring iceberg lettuce for some rocket or quinoa. Try cooking some of your favourite vegetables to add to your salad, testing out new seasoning for each. Think outside the box with your toppings. Try nuts and seeds rather than the traditional bread croutons. Adding different textures and flavours will not only make the meal delicious, but more filling.
Keep it simple. The best way to make lasting changes that will positively impact your health is to take it one step at a time. Don’t overload yourself with the pressure to adapt to a whole new lifestyle. Make realistic goals and stick to them. Your first challenge is to start eating healthy this summer, you can think about the next step later.
HOW CAN THE DOCTORS CLINIC GROUP HELP?
We provide various health screens which test multiple health factors and can help you build a holistic understanding and approach to your over all health. You can find out more about the health screens we offer HERE.
Click here if you would like to book an appointment with our Senior Specialist Dietitian, Charlotte Foster. Charlotte will do a nutritional assessment; help understand your goals and provide advice and ongoing support.