Stay on track this summer with these tips and tricks from AKT Wellness Coach, Safia Morsly-Fikai.
We are already well into summer fun and BBQ season! I absolutely LOVE this time of the year and, although the extreme NY heat drives me crazy sometimes, I really enjoy the atmosphere, the food, the activities and the beautiful nature.
During the summer, most people crave freshness and colder food, which, in our collective food culture, means ice cream, Popsicles, soda, juice, white wine, rosé, and beer. In other words, the perfect recipe to completely get off track in two short months.
I agree that summer is the best time to relax, reasonably indulge and somewhat break away from our daily routine. However, I think that it is important to keep things under control. Here are some easy-to-follow principles to keep you on track, healthy and focused:
- Stay active: Lounging on a long chair by the beach while reading a nice book or article is super relaxing and you should totally make time for that if you can but only for a few hours. Make sure you move your body at some point and I mean seriously move your body. Swim or run on the beach or, even better, take your AKT On Demand with you and dedicate an hour to a super fun workout!
- Control your daily sugar intake: Yes, you can treat yourself to an ice cream or sorbet but maybe not everyday and certainly not more than one. Most people consume sugar when they are thirsty and tend to confuse dehydration with sugar cravings. Try drinking a big glass of fresh water BEFORE consuming or buying your ice cream or ordering a soda. Chances are, you won’t crave that soda anymore.
- Keep hydrated all day: SUPER important! Most people forget to hydrate more in the summer and tend to get mildly or severely dehydrated. I can’t emphasize enough the importance of drinking WATER, not juice, not cocktails, especially if you are in a hot, sunny environment.
- Eat a lot of fresh seasonal food: Summer is the glorious season with the most fruits and veggies. Everything is fresh, tasty, abundant and delicious. Prepare big colorful salads. Go to the farmers market and have a blast. Grow your own herbs even if you live in a very small space. Use fresh fruits in your smoothies and keep it as simple as possible.
- Have fun: Whatever helps you relax and reduce your stress in the next two months should be prioritized – picnics with friends and family, biking, outdoor cinema, trips, BBQs, weekend getaways, etc. We live very intense, active and stressful lives that tax our bodies and take a toll. Now is the time to enjoy the beauty around us, simplify our routine and give our bodies and minds a well-deserved break.