Summer Eating Challenges

Summer is here with lots of beach and pool time.  Navigating the summer fun and making healthy eating choices can always be a challenge.  With schedules more relaxed and so many grilling nights, it is easy to make some unhealthy summer eating habits.  Whether you have undergone bariatric surgery or you are trying to watch your weight and looking into surgery, these tips can help you make healthy choices.

If you are heading out for a day trip at the lake, beach or pool and you don’t know what eating options will be available, pack your own cooler! Find out ahead of time whether the park or pool allows coolers or what food options are available.  This will help you plan and prepare instead of being stuck hungry with only fast food options.  Pack lots of handheld foods in your cooler such as carrot sticks, turkey, cheese cubes, grapes and bananas.  Healthy snack items such as protein bars (no sugar, low carb), protein drinks, nuts and low carb yogurt.  Make a lettuce wrapped sandwich with turkey, chicken or ham and cheese.  This is a nice cold and crisp snack that is satisfying and has good protein to keep you full longer.  Enjoy the outside; swimming and walking are great exercise!

Everyone loves to grill during the summer, if you are heading to a bbq these tips are for you.  Think about what you can bring to the table, something healthy that will ensure you can eat and enjoy yourself.  BBQ’s usually involve meat which is a great protein option.  You can even offer to bring your own chicken or healthy skewers.  If they are having burgers, ask for your burger lettuce wrapped with cheese.  This is a great low carb option that is very filling! You could also offer to bring a tossed green salad, a veggie tray with hummus or a fruit salad.

Enjoy the summer with your family while staying healthy! If you are ready to make a change now, schedule an appointment online today: