For some reason, the arrival of summer always makes me feel like a beached whale. The heat increases the difficulty of the simple workouts that feel oh so good the rest of the year. I spend more time indoors, in front of the computer or the TV, and with couch time comes the salty summer snacks of my childhood and beer.
Before I know it, I have slowly transitioned from energized and active to lethargic and bloated. Even my joints join in the fun and feel stiffer than normal. You know what they say! A body in motion stays in motion, and my body prefers the air-conditioned couch to the great outdoors when the mercury goes up.
So how do you combat this summer bloat and inflammation situation? Well, the years I’ve been most successful are those in which I have signed up (and pre-paid) for lots of physical activity. Some years this comes in the form of running events and races, typically with some yoga thrown in for good measure. Other years, it tends to be a combination of golf and tennis that does the trick and keeps me active. The key, though, is in the diet.
Hydration is very important to keeping energy levels high. In the heat of the summer, when it gets really hot and humid, it can be good to supplement that water with electrolytes. My go-to is coconut water, but I have friends who prefer maple water, watermelon water and other natural hydration options. Food is important too, though!
Summer is great for healthy eats. I personally love peach and watermelon season, and if you add some feta and pine nuts, you have a salad! When I was little, I would head out to my grandparents’ farm and pick berries right off the bushes. Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries…you name it! All of these are great for reducing inflammation and bloat. Bonus points for these too, because they have a high water content (hydration!).
Grilling is a favorite summer pastime, and think of all the healthy things you can put on the grill: seasoned romaine hearts, lean chicken, fatty fish like salmon and mackerel, squash, tomatoes, and even pineapple! There are so many great, delicious anti-inflammatory foods out there that the options truly are endless. This is partially why it can be so overwhelming when you’re in the aisle at the grocery trying to decide what to make for dinner. In fact, when I end up at the store without a plan, I gravitate towards easy. Frozen pizza, hot dogs and prepared salads top the list. However, with a little pre-shopping prep, I can make healthy choices in the aisles without the stress.
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