How to Get Back on Track

1932_620x290School is starting back up for a lot of families out there which means the fun of summer is coming to an end. For me, it is SO much easier to lose weight in the winter than it is during the summer. During the summer, there are BBQs, pool parties, soccer games, and just more fun in the sun. So how are you supposed to get back on track? Here are a few tips to help you get back on track and stay on track:

  • Make a meal plan for each week and stick with it. There are some days that you know are going to be busy, so plan ahead. For those days, plan to make something in the crockpot so you can set it and forget it. I like to use the crockpot on days where my son has soccer. We have a lot of running around to do and knowing that dinner is taken care of is a huge relief.
  • Schedule in exercise. With the kids occupied with school, exercising may be easier to squeeze in. There may be days where you need to wake up a little earlier to get it done, but just do it! It may be the last thing you want to do that day, but you’ll feel so much better once you are done.
  • Snack healthy! This goes along with the meal plan. Portioning out health snacks ahead of time will make the temptation of grabbing something less than healthy go away.
  • I know exactly how I feel when I eat too much junk and not enough healthy foods. Load up on fresh fruits & veggies. After a weekend of bad eating, I love to have fresh juice in the morning and then a salad for lunch. With my salads, I tend to load up on proteins and veggies, rather than just lettuce. Add in foods like lemons, garlic, berries and more to help your body get rid of toxins and get a healthy dose of antioxidants!

Now that you have a few tips to help you get back on track, what steps are you going to take?

Active Kids

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With Summer right around the corner, all parents are going to be trying to figure out how to keep their kids active, rather than glued in front of the TV or playing video games. Here is an article I wrote about how to keep kids active – http://www.vitalmend.com/index.php/blog/tips-to-help-kids-exercise/

You’ll find tips on how to keep kids active, and who knows, maybe you can use some of the tips for yourself!

8 Tips for Exercising in the Heat

4ccb6d678ce3f64a_run-heatJust because it’s hot outside, doesn’t mean you need to give up on exercising. Here are 8 tips to help you continue exercise in the heat!

  1. Consider changing the time that you exercise. If you typically exercise in the afternoon, try exercising in the morning or evening when temperatures tend to be cooler.
  2. Wear sunscreen. Not only will it help protect your skin from skin cancer and a sunburn, but a sunburn can hinder your ability to work out for 1-2 weeks after the initial burn.
  3. Stay hydrated! Drink 1-2 cups of water 30 minutes before your work out. Continue to drink water every 15 minutes while working out. When done with your work out, drink another 1-2 cups of water.
  4. Switch up your workouts. If adjusting your workout schedule won’t work for you, try different workouts like yoga, pilates, exercise classes, etc. that are offered during your preferred exercise time. They typically take place in areas that are air conditioned so when it’s hot outside, it’ll be cool inside.
  5. Work out inside. If you prefer to run or ride a bike, try a treadmill, elliptical, or stationary bike instead. You can adjust the incline to create hills while working out inside.
  6. Listen to your body. If you start to experience headaches, nausea, difficulty breathing, or cramps, it’s okay to stop. Take it slow and it’s possible the heat is getting to you causing heat exhaustion. Don’t push your body further than it can go.
  7. Take the workout slow until your body has acclimated to the hot weather. Slowly work your way up to the pace you want to achieve.
  8. Exercise with a partner. This will make your workout more fun, but also in case of an emergency, you have someone there to help or vice versa.

Nutrition Tips for Busy Professionals

Woman with headache at the deskAs a parent, we tend to put everyone and everything before our needs. As we do this more and more, we often forget to exercise and eat well. We are always on the go, so how could we possibly eat healthy. Here is a list of Elite Health Coaching’s Top 10 Nutrition Tips for Moms & Dads:

  1. If you work at a desk most of the day, make sure you take the time and get up and stretch.
  2. Take the stairs, not the elevator or escalator.
  3. Prep healthy snacks ahead of time. This can include servings of fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, pre-portioned whole wheat crackers, etc.
  4. Meal plan. Planning out your meals for the week will help you stay on track when it comes to eating healthy. Check out this post on meal planning!
  5. Drink plenty of water. Not sure how much water to drink per day? Read this article!
  6. Avoid high fat condiments. Salad dressing can typically be high in calories and fat. Search for a healthier option or make your own dressing.
  7. Don’t drink your calories. Stay hydrated with water. If you need an added energy boost, try drinking black coffee or unsweetened green tea. These are both low in calories and provide you a natural boost of energy.
  8. Slow down and chew your food. The more thoroughly you chew your food, the better.
  9. Only eat until you are about 80% full. Don’t over eat. Pay attention to what your body is telling you and don’t over indulge. If you are going to a dinner party or a place where you feel you will over eat, try to eat just a few bits of all the things you want to try. This will ensure you don’t eat until you are ready to pop.
  10. Exercise! This will give you energy throughout the day to help you be more productive and awake while you are working.
  11. Enlist the help of a health coach if you aren’t sure where to start! Elite Health Coaching can help you and your family make healthy changes without causing distress!

Keeping Kids Active

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With Summer right around the corner, all parents are going to be trying to figure out how to keep their kids active, rather than glued in front of the TV or playing video games. Here is an article I wrote about how to keep kids active – http://www.vitalmend.com/index.php/blog/tips-to-help-kids-exercise/

You’ll find tips on how to keep kids active, and who knows, maybe you can use some of the tips for yourself!