Summer Hangover? Time to Get Back on Track

Dr, Donna Restivo

Posted on September 16 2018

There is something about the summer months that just screams PARTY. Maybe it’s the extra vitamin D that our bodies seem to readily absorb, or the fact that we can simply throw on a pair of flip-flops to go to just about any social gathering, or maybe it’s the fact that the season is so brief that we try to cram it all in while we can. Regardless of the reason, if you found yourself slipping from the tight grip that you had on your diet in the spring, then we have a few tips for getting you back in gear now that summer is over.

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  1. Fill up your calendar, not with gatherings that are bound to keep you off that clean-eating wagon. Instead, fill it up with activities that will keep both your body and mind moving. This time of year is perfect for starting a new hobby or learning a new skill. Join your kids or grandkids in learning something new, and it will benefit your brain and give you a good opportunity to spend time together as a family. Find some friends who are on board with bettering themselves, whether that be physically or mentally, and schedule outings with your like-minded tribe.

  2. Commit to movement. You have 24 hours in a day, so choose your time wisely. All we are asking is for you to carve our 30 minutes to move. Whether it’s a brisk walk through the park, or a play session with your grandkids in the backyard, moving your body every day will get you back in gear in no time and have you wondering how you stood still for so long. With the cooler weather just around the corner, you may want to invest in a membership at a gym or community center where you can continue your daily movement commitment.

  3. Plan your meal. All successful people will tell you that if you fail to prepare, then you prepare to fail. With summer behind you, this is the perfect time to make some adjustments to your refrigerator and pantry and throw out the heavy carbs and sugars that have accumulated in your cabinets since June. Bring on the proteins, berries, and veggies and plan those meals out.

  4. Prioritize your z’s. Now that your kids or grandkids are back in school and hitting the sack at a respectable hour, it’s time for you to get on the sleep bandwagon. Sleep will sharpen your memory, recover your body, and manage your mood, so it’s essential to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night.


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