Does Summer Fun Doom Your Diet?
Summer fun often equals summer splurges. Here's how to keep treats under control.
Many of our favorite summer activities revolve around food. Trips to the beach, ballpark, street fairs or the local ice cream stand often entice us to indulge in foods that aren't exactly considered healthy.
Whether you can't imagine a ball game without a hot dog or use beach days as an excuse to eat funnel cakes or your favorite fill-in-the-blank summer treat, you may be wondering if your carefree attitude is sabotaging your diet over the long-term.
The fact is that if you eat healthy most of the time, it's okay to enjoy a splurge once in a while. Of course, there are some foods you should avoid if you have specific medical conditions, but the key to healthy eating is balance and moderation.
If you want to indulge on occasion, go ahead. Just be mindful of what and how much you're eating. Then get right back on track. But if you prefer to make healthier food choices while enjoying your favorite summer pastimes, here are some tips:
At the Beach
The beach is the perfect place to bring your own cooler full of healthy snacks. Pack sandwiches, cut veggies, refreshing fruit and plenty of bottled water to keep you hydrated. Want a funnel cake, cotton candy or pizza? Make your treat count and stick to a small portion.
At a Street Fair
Food is often the highlight of summer fairs. But before you start indulging in one treat after another, survey the options and select one thing you just "have to have." Then spend the rest of the afternoon getting some steps in while you enjoy the sights.
At the Ballpark
While a hotdog and fries seems like the perfect ball game meal, most ballparks have plenty of other food options these days. Eat a meal before you go (you'll save money) and if you still want ballpark fare, opt for a small bag of peanuts or popcorn (hold the butter!).
At the Ice Cream Shop
We get it – you can't go to the ice cream shop and order fruit. But you can choose the smallest size and savor the flavor. If you get a cone, choose a sugar or wafer cone instead of a waffle cone. And don't load up on toppings.
Track Your Weight Loss Goals
You can track your diet from anywhere with the Guthrie Weight Loss Center and the Baritastic app. Baritastic gives you an easy, convenient way to track your exercise, nutrition and weight loss.
Patients who sign up for weight loss surgery with the Guthrie Weight Loss Center can also use the app to remind them to take their vitamins and supplements and when to hydrate.
The Baritastic app is available in the Google Play and Apple app stores. For more information about ways the Guthrie Weight Loss Center can help you reach your goals, contact them at 570-887-3920 or visit Weight Loss Center.
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Date Last Reviewed: April 12, 2022
Editorial Review: Andrea Cohen, Editorial Director, Baldwin Publishing, Inc. Contact Editor
Dietary Review: Nora Minno, RD, CDN