Summer Tips for Women’s Health
With the summer season coming up, BBQs and parties will be in full swing. I love spending time with my community around a delicious meal.
I think a huge misconception is that in order to be healthy, you need to socialize less and isolate yourself. I’m a big believer that community is an important pillar to healing! I’ve got some tips to keep you healthy this summer, all while enjoying the season!
To inspire you, I share at least 4-5 meals a week in a group setting and I am still able to keep my body in a healthy and resilient state!
Is my diet perfect? No, but striving for perfection in any area of life can lead to shame and guilt. However, I am conscious of how the food nourishes my body from a hormonal and women’s health perspective daily.
Summer Eating Tips for Women
1. Keep Sugar In Beverages Low
A glass of wine or hard seltzer might be your go-to. (Check out this link! A youtube video on alcohol and your health as a female!) Just tune in, how many servings are you having? Perhaps after one drink you can switch to a natural, low sugar option. Keeping sugar intake low can help with blood sugar balance. Any major swings in blood sugar can contribute to hormonal swings. Opt for seltzer water with a splash of cranberry juice and freshly squeezed lime!
2. Watch your Portions
Try to be the last at the food line to resist the urge for seconds. While everyone is almost finishing, you’re still enjoying your first few bites with them. And less likely to grab more because of temptation by what’s on everyone else’s plate. This can help you feel satisfied with the portions your body actually wants, versus feeling stuffed. When we feel full we are not only uncomfortable physically, but we often spiral into a shame and guilt cycle.
3. Stop Comparing
In the summer months, I often hear women compare themselves to their other female friends. We definitely feel more vulnerable in the summer as women. Less clothes, more sunshine and lots of food and drinks. Try to focus on why you’re at the gathering and have gratitude for your other female friends. This takes practice, but overtime it really does work!
Healthy Summer Recipes
Here are two tasty recipes that you can also incorporate at your summer gatherings. They are nutritious and will help you feel energized, satiated and on track with your health goals!
Jicama is a wonderful root vegetable that provides a refreshing crunch and tons of fiber. A great way to avoid processed chips & snack foods. Plus the fiber will satisfy you!
Jicama Chips Recipe
Serves: 6 to 8
- 1 large jicama, peeled and sliced into shape of fries
- 2 limes, freshly squeezed
- Sprinkle of sea salt
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Then place on a platter or refrigerate until served.
Herbed Potato Salad
This next dish has been passed down in my family and is always a hit. This is filled with fresh herbs and is a healthier version of store bought potato salad. Store bought options typically contain sugar and processed oils.
In addition, cooked & chilled potatoes provide something called prebiotics. This fiber reduces its affect as a starchy food. Meaning you can keep your blood sugar levels in check!
Herbed Potato Salad Recipe
Serves: 4 to 6
- 1 lb organic red potatoes, cut into cubes
- 1/3 cup fresh mint & fresh oregano, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup onion, minced
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbs apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar
- Sea salt and pepper
- Boil the potatoes until soft, then strain.
- Combine potatoes in a bowl once they have cooled with remaining ingredients.
- Allow to chill overnight in a closed container and enjoy the next day chilled.
If you’re eager to work on your health this summer and feel more inspired with your cooking, be sure to check out the other resources here. They’re all about women’s health!