Beach season is upon us. That means that rigid workout routines are being kept, bikini’s are being bought and diets are changing…yet again…so the bikinis look good. Of course, being on a gluten free diet isn’t something that should be altered just because it’s bikini season, however, we can change some things.
Beach days do something to our appetites. We all love to indulge in the giant bucket of french fries, chicken fingers, hot dogs, and hamburgers fully loaded and a huge cup of ice cold soda. Oh, and don’t forget the extra large plate of funnel cake with powdered sugar, right? WRONG! That won’t keep your gut feeling good. It is also not going to make your sexy body stay sexy during the day…so here are a few tips that will!
1. Bring your own food and snacks like nut mix, salad with lean protein, fresh fruit, healthy sandwiches (use gluten free wraps instead of bread or sub rolls) or veggies and hummus and put it in a backpack cooler to keep it cold.
2. Drink lots of cool water or sparkling water with fresh lemon. It fills you up and keeps you hydrated.
3. If you must eat food from the boardwalk, seek out a gluten free, healthy alternative. Many places are offering salads, veggie burgers (many of them are not gluten free, so be sure to ask) and some fresh grilled fish tacos.
4. Take long walks along the water. Sitting down at your blanket can get boring and boredom leads to eating (not to mention a nasty sunburn if you fall asleep for a while) You can collect seashells. All the squatting and bending down will give your muscles an extra workout, and you will add some pretty shells to your collection…and maybe give you some extra time with your kids.
5. Go for a run. The sand not only provides extra cushion, but resistance that can strengthen your calves.
6. Go for a dip! We all know that swimming in the water is great exercise, especially when it comes to fighting the waves and the current. So go on and kick around for a while.
The beach is not only a great place to retreat to when you need to relax. It’s an amazing place to get healthy. Sticking to a gluten free lifestyle there is very easy and rewarding when you end the day feeling refreshed and invigorated. There’s no better feeling than that!
Please share what makes you stay healthy at the beach. What do you eat? What type of dishes do you prepare?