Hot Tips For A Healthy Summer Diet
If you’ve been hitting the gym to get that summer bod but just aren't seeing the full results you were after these healthy diet tips will get you those holistic healthy results. Weight loss in Melbourne summer isn't easy, between hot days and summer BBQ’s it’s easy to lose motivation. The best way to tackle this is by starting with your food. Make mindful choices about what you put into your body and it will thank you later.
We associate winter with a hearty stew, or a hot bowl of rich saucy pasta. Eating these protein and carbohydrate rich meals, mean that our bodies generate a little extra heat as we put in more effort to digest them. In the warmer months however, take advantage of the fact that the heat may have you reaching for lighter options. Leafy salads with grains and beans will go down a treat while still giving your body everything it needs. If you're craving some meat, grilling out on the BBQ in summer is a perfect way to add a tonne of flavour to your meals, without adding any unnecessary calories. It’s also a great time of year to swap that big red steak for a fresh fillet of fish. Your body will tell you exactly what it wants and needs for the season, so tune in and take advantage of the fresh produce spring and summer have to offer.
Making the right choices is a whole lot easier when you know what to look for. On hot days you want to reach for foods that will cool you down from the inside out. It might seem counterintuitive but a great way to cool down is by eating chilli or spicy foods. The sensation from doing so tricks your body into thinking it’s overheating. This triggers the body’s natural cooling systems, causing you to sweat and cool down faster. Coconut Milk is also a great one to look out for. Often you'll find it in a spicy curry so that's a great way to kill two birds with one stone. The spice will make you sweat and the coconut milk will rehydrate you.
Foods like Spinach are also a great source of iron to keep your energy levels high in the heat. It’s also great for circulation which will help control your body temperature too. Upping your turmeric intake is another great way to keep your blood circulation in tip top shape. It’s also a powerful anti inflammatory that will keep things running smoothly. Of course foods like mint are also a great option because of the physical cooling sensation. Chuck some mint in your water and enjoy that cool sensation after a day out in the heat.
It’s always important to stay on top of hydration in warm weather but we often tend to forget that hydration doesn't just come from our foods. Look out for things like watermelon to cool you down and get those fluid levels back up on a hot day. Cucumber and celery have the same effects for a more savoury palate. Opting for cold coconut water is also a great way to get electrolyte and fluid levels back up.
Spring/summer is berry season. Fill your brekkie smoothies with mixed fresh berries. They're full of antioxidants and fibre and will give you a little boost of nutrients in each sip. Fresh fruity smoothies are a great summer breakfast option to keep things light and refreshing. Add coconut water or your favourite milk. Add nuts, spinach, or any other source of protein you like. When you're looking for refreshment in hot weather reach for juices too. It’s a great way to pack in some serves of fruit or veg and a little more exciting than water all day long.