The Secret to Healthy Living This Season — and All Year Long

The Secret to Healthy Living This Season — and All Year Long

For those of a certain age, summer means wedding season: often, back-to-back gatherings for friends, family and coworkers all season long. As a result, so many people lament their need to “diet” for wedding season, to slim down to fit in to certain outfits or to feel a certain way.

But there’s another angle from which to approach this season of celebration — or the time leading up to your next beach vacation, or the post-holiday period where everyone is dieting.

You can choose to opt out of crash diet mentality, or the need to be “good” after a day, a week or a season to being “bad” with your diet and exercise habits.

Instead, try a mindset shift, where you’re consistently focusing on what helps you look and feel your best, so that the days spent sipping champagne until dawn don’t feel like such a derailment the next day.

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What that looks like is different for everyone.

For some, that might be 10,000 steps per day, even on those days when there’s no formal fitness class or trip to the gym. It could also mean a focus on eating a fruit or a vegetable with every meal — even if you’re having two slices of wedding cake later on. Or maybe it’s having a glass of water before every cocktail, or making a point to get eight hours of sleep every night. Or waking up early to squeeze in a 10-minute yoga flow or meditation session.

If none of those things sound good to you, don’t force them. You don’t have to do CrossFit just because “everyone” else is. And you don’t have to go vegan, Paleo or gluten-free, either. Find the foods and fitness modalities that serve you, and you’ll be happier and healthier year-round.

Healthy Living Doesn’t Have to be Hard

Food and fitness coach Liz Barnet perfectly embodies this mindset, and recently wrote on her blog the importance of remembering that “healthy doesn’t have to be so hard.”

She writes:

“The bottom line is you have to decide what you’re willing to do, consistently make small but sustainable changes when necessary and continue along with what works, give yourself a leg up by planning ahead realistically, and finally, find ways to actually enjoy yourself.

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Healthy only seems like it’s so hard because you’re making it out to be. I can guarantee you if you stopped running your wheels and paid a little attention, you could easily identify what works for you and what doesn’t. By cutting out what doesn’t, and instead focusing your effort + energy onto what does, I guarantee you would enjoy the process much more.”

We couldn’t agree more. So for the rest of this season — and all the wedding seasons, vacation seasons and diet seasons to come — skip the fads, and focus on what makes you feel your best.

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