Summer is almost here, a time when it is very common to neglect our diet, committing excesses and imbalances in our diet. However, it is easy to maintain a healthy diet also in summer, simply following some simple guidelines and advice.
In this article we remind you of some of the most important recommendations for not neglecting our healthy diet during summer:
- Staying well hydrated, drinking plenty of water frequently:
Due to the high temperatures during summer, it is very important to stay well hydrated all day, as this will help us prevent the possibility of suffering a heat stroke. For this we should drink water frequently, without waiting to be thirsty for it.It is advisable to reduce the intake of sugary, alcoholic or caffeinated beverages, since, in addition to providing calories, they favor greater dehydration. Better to take mainly water, beverages without sugar, and isotonic.
- Take advantage of seasonal and fresh products, follow a Mediterranean diet:
In these dates it is easy to find a great variety of fruits and vegetables that are perfect for summer consumption, since they help to hydrate us, are low in calories and very healthy.
The Mediterranean diet is perfect also for these dates, since it includes very healthy foods such as olive oil, fruits and vegetables daily, bread and other foods made with cereals or legumes. In addition, typical recipes of the Mediterranean diet, such as gazpacho, are perfect to take more fruits and vegetables, as well as hydrate and refresh.
Of course, moderate the consumption of meat and fat, taking more fish instead, especially blue, which contributes to our diet the healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
- More spaced and light meals, simple recipes:
Space the meals, and make them lighter is another of our recommendations. It is important to avoid overly heavy meals, as these give rise to a slow digestion and heaviness throughout the day, especially in the summer heat.
As for how to cook food, it is preferable to use simple elaborations and recipes, such as grilled, cooked, etc… In this way, it is healthier and the caloric intake is not increased too much. And when it comes to vegetables, taking them raw is a good way to take advantage of all their vitamins and minerals.
And if we eat out, at most restaurants we can find some healthy menu, with salad and fish or grilled meat.
- Do not abuse ice cream and sugar:
In regard to desserts, reduce sweets and ice cream, taking them occasionally, and not daily. Instead, it is recommended to take fruit daily.
Of course, in addition to following a healthy diet, we should do at least some exercise daily, although these are soft exercises such as walking daily for a moderate period of time, but sufficient and appropriate to each person, avoiding the hours of sun and more heat.
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