This On-The-Go Moms Summer Survival Guide guest post was created by LeeAnn WeintrabSummer is here, and for a lot of moms that means caravanning families from summer camp to soccer practices all while working a full-time job. Heck, you barely have time to eat!
I am LeeAnn Weintrab, a mother and a registered dietician, and I know these challenges all too well. Below is my summer survival guide to help you moms out there get through the dog days of summer without blowing your diet or your waistline.
Moms Summer Survival Guide for On-The-Go Moms (Video)
Moms Summer Survival Guide Tips
- Moms should always start with breakfast. This way, you can get the energy you need to get through the day. Try to include things like fresh fruit, whole wheat toast with nut butter, or if you need something to grab and go, try an egg sandwich on whole wheat toast. Also think about snacks you can take in your purse, bag or backpack – easy snacks like cut-up fruit and vegetables, nuts or trail mixes, whole wheat crackers, or cheese sticks. These are important snacks that give energy, good nutrition and help us stay well-nourished, well-fed and well-energized throughout the day.
- If you want to manage your weight and refresh your look, stay hydrated. Early signs of dehydration can be mistaken for hunger and this can lead to overeating. Drinking lots of fluids is beneficial not just for your weight but also for healthy skin, feeling good and supporting a healthy metabolism. One product that I really love is [amazon_link id=”B00CLJNYKG” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ] Fruitwater[/amazon_link]. It’s a new, zero-calorie, naturally fruit-flavored sparkling water. It’s really refreshing and it’s convenient to grab and go, take on workouts or to different events over the hot summer months. Try to stay ahead of the curve by always having something refreshing to drink with you, whether you’re on-the-go or at work.
- Busy moms can juggle life and diet by starting out with a regular exercise routine. Exercise boosts our mood, makes us feel good, strengthens muscles, boosts metabolism and of course helps with weight management. Whether you’re getting a walk in the early morning at the park or attending a yoga class in the afternoon, summertime is a great time to reinvent a good exercise routine.
- There are some summer diet misconceptions that capture imagination but can really take us off-track. Some say summer is the time to buckle down and diet, maybe cleanse or fast or go on extreme fad diets. This isn’t going to be helpful in sticking to a long-term weight management plan. I think the best approach is to think about portion control and moderation. Focusing on balance and moderation is key. And remember to steer away from the fad diets and the extreme cleanses and diets. You can incorporate the foods and drinks that you love during the summer (like BBQ, sweets and treats) and still manage your weight and even continue to lose weight.
My overall message is really simple. Focus on a balanced diet and healthy nutrition, incorporate exercise that is fun and convenient for your lifestyle, get enough rest to be energized for the day, and focus on stress management. Taking care of yourself is the best way to feel your best and feel good during these hot summer months.
Author Bio: LeeAnn Weintraub is a registered dietitian in private practice in Los Angeles, California. She provides nutrition counseling and consulting to individuals, families and businesses. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association, the American Pregnancy Association, the Renal Dietitians Dietetic Practice Group, the Dietetics Practice-Based Research Network, and the Nutrition Entrepreneurs Practice Group, and she consults for numerous food and health companies including The Coca-Cola Company. LeeAnn is also the author of the [amazon_link id=”B006MGPUM4″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Everything Glycemic Index Cookbook[/amazon_link] and writes a nutrition column for the LA Daily News and Daily Breeze.