Simple Summer Shifts to Keep Snug Pants at Bay

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The long hot days of summer are almost here – the perfect time for relaxing, letting loose, and having fun. It’s the season for barbecues, beach days, and my favorite: live outdoor music, woo hoo!

It can also lure us into a sort of holiday mode; the kind where we say yes to temptations we might otherwise keep in check, after all it’s a limited-time offer. 

When life gets social, it’s hard to avoid the sugary treats, salty snacks and boozy beverages that come along, and in truth you may not want to. But when you say yes too often, your body will launch the all-out defense response. Next stop inflammation, bloating and digestive unrest in the short term; in the long term, snug pants.

Fortunately you don’t have to swear off summer foods when with a few simple shifts you can savor the flavor without the unpleasant consequences.

Here are some easy and delicious ways to enjoy the sunny days without end of season regret.

1. Swap sugary drinks for belly-friendly options

Sugary sodas and cocktails can spike inflammation levels. Instead, try hydrating with water infused with fresh fruits, herbs, or cucumber slices. The natural flavors make water more enjoyable and keep you refreshed. Fresh lemonade sweetened with stevia is delicious, or better or treat yourself to some iced green tea you can sip on all day.

2. Experiment with fresh salad ideas. 

Potato and pasta salads can be loaded with heavy ingredients, instead experiment with grilled fruitchilled bean or fresh veggie salads.

3. Choose Plant Proteins

Grill plant-based burgers and sausage. I like the Sweet Earth Awesome burger and Field Roast apple sage sausage. Even better try marinating and grilling portobello mushrooms or thick slices of eggplant for a savory and satisfying alternative. These choices are lower in inflammatory fats and rich in fiber and nutrients.

4. Opt for Whole Grains

Skip the white bread and opt for whole grain options like quinoa, brown rice, or whole-wheat buns. Whole grains are packed with fiber and nutrients that help reduce inflammation.

5. Use Anti-Inflammatory Spices

Spice up your dishes with anti-inflammatory herbs and spices like turmeric, ginger, garlic, and rosemary. These add flavor and health benefits without extra calories.

6. Enjoy Fresh, Seasonal Fruits

Summer is the perfect time to indulge in fresh fruits like berries, cherries, and watermelon. These fruits are high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds.

7. Limit Processed Foods

Processed foods often contain high levels of unhealthy fats, sugars, and additives that can increase inflammation. Stick to whole, natural foods as much as possible.

8. Stay Hydrated

Drinking plenty of water is crucial in preventing inflammation. It helps your body flush out toxins and keeps your system running smoothly.

As always, choose as few as one and as many as 3 things to focus on and write down your intention.

Make it memorable! If you’re planning to switch from juice to flavored water, or to try a new recipe, make a shopping list to seal the deal. Make it easy to grab fruits and veggies by keeping them visible and accessible. Keep pitchers of water or tea ready to go.

Call it yoga-speak, but setting an intention is also a smart way to plan in advance to keep your health goals in mind. So read the list, see what lands and start where you’re at for best results. 

By making a few simple and savory shifts, you can enjoy all the fun of summer parties while keeping inflammation in check and energy balanced. 

Here’s to a season of sunshine and goodness!

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