Real food challenge? Check. Ditching dairy and going gluten free? Check. Bari Detox? Check. You’ve spent the past six weeks priming your body for summer by fueling it with the creme de la creme of healthy foods. Now that you’ve spoiled it with the good stuff, make sure you keep up the plant-powered hard work to maintain your baripeel results. Ready to commit to a summer of healthy eats? Oh, kale yeah.
Here are our guidelines for navigating healthy eating during the summer.
No matter what – eat real food. A food philosophy worth repeating — Eat real food If your food choices are guided by principles you firmly believe in, you’re more likely to stick with healthy eating. If you drink green juice because you think it will make you skinny, the likelihood of you veering off course when your willpower dwindles is high. If you drink green juice because you know it energizes you better than any other snack or because the alternative is processed food you don’t believe in putting into your body, your core beliefs will hold you accountable to making good choices.
Focus on high-quality, seasonal produce – and prepare it simply. There is so much produce that we only have access to during summer months, so eat up while you can. Take advantage of seasonal farmers markets, and use your locally available produce to guide your meals. When you’re eating well-sourced, fresh produce, keep your preparation simple (think grilling, lightly sauteing or serving raw) to showcase the vegetable’s natural flavors. By now you know that your body feels (and performs) at its best when you focus on greens and fresh produce. If you put those at the center of your plate, the rest will fall into place.
Practice mindful eating and portion control. Summertime is notoriously fun and indulgent – and we don’t think you should miss out on good times and good eats. That said, you worked hard to develop mindful, results-driven eating habits – and we don’t want to see you back at square one come September. The best way to enjoy social eating or indulgent foods is to check in with your hunger levels while eating. Focus on tasting your food – rather than simply consuming. And when you’ve tasted enough to satisfy yourself, put down the fork and enjoy your company. Remember fullness is not the end goal of each meal – satiety is.
Enjoy happy hour, moderately. It’s 5 o’clock somewhere every single day. But this doesn’t mean you need to celebrate happy hour daily. In fact, if you do, there’s no way that #baribody is making it out of the summer sculpted and in tact. Brace yourself for this dismal, mathematical truth, Tribers: Alcohol has calories (empty ones at that). A surplus of calories results in weight gain. Too much alcohol = extra pounds. Extra pounds = that #baribody going into hibernation (which just feels wrong during the summer). Limit your alcohol intake to an amount that allows you to maintain your healthy habits – both eating and exercising – as well as your ideal weight.
Treat yourself. If you take the pleasure out of eating by sticking to the epitome of health food (kale, and chia seeds and quinoa, oh my) 100 percent of the time, you’re not doing your body any favors. Your body needs a variety of foods in order for your metabolism to function at its best. So switch things up mindfully. If you love ice cream, go to a local shop and enjoy a cone. And be at peace with the fact that once-in-a-while treats do the body (and the mind) good.
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