Not only are we less likely to comfort eat when the sun
in shining, the sunshine energises us so we don’t need starchy carbs to provide
that extra oomph. As I said in my last post, the sunshine is the main source of
vitamin D and can lead to a low mood (as well as many other diseases) and
therefore make us want to reach for foods that are high in fat and sugar to
give us that instant booze. But with the arrival of the glorious sunshine, we
can forget about all that stodge and really kick start our diets into health
mode. So hello to the seasonal summertime food!
So why don’t you too make this the perfect time to start putting those
best intentions to eat well into practice right now?
So why is it easier to diet in the summer?
Sunlight helps weight loss by increasing serotonin levels
and increased levels of this chemical reduces most peoples needs to eat less.
And for your gym shy folk amidst us, the days are longer so we can make use of
the extra daylight to go for a walk or cycle after dinner. Exercise and good
food – we can kill two birds with one stone! And don’t forget that beach season
is almost upon us too so surely you really don’t want to put it off any longer!
What foods are around?
Have you seen all that glorious fruits and salads in the
supermarket? I almost have to reach into my handbag to put on my shades on J Proper sweet strawberries,
ripe pineapples and a variety of vegetables full of nutrients are on display
everywhere. Just looking at them puts me on a high and make my mouth water I
can tell you! There is an abundance of seasonal fat burning foods. Asparagus
and broccoli are full of hunger-satisfying protein and any fruit ending with
berries is full of antioxidants. The body measures nutrients and not calories
which means that people who are getting the right nutrients won’t be as hungry.
Some of my great summer staples
– Natural yoghurt mixed with fruit will give you a high
calcium boost. I also like to make my own smoothies.
-Whizz up half a banana, a handful of strawberries with some milk and you’ve got yourself a great filling pre or post workout drink.
-Salads are also always a winner. Just chop up a variety of different coloured salds into a bowl, with a drizzle of olive oil, season and serve with a good source of protein such as salmon, chicken or pulses.
So while the sun’s here to stay with us for a few months, why not really go for it and make those changes now? You know we have to make the most of it. The sun doesn’t hang aorund for us Brits for long!