EARS “Hot Days of Summer” TIPS and TRICKS to Nutrition

During the hot summer months, it is critical to fuel and hydrate your body properly. That starts from when you wake up in the morning and throughout the day…At breakfast, be sure to fuel up on oatmeal, eggs, yogurt and fresh fruit. Stay away from the thick sauces and heavy foods, as they starve your body of the nutrients its needs and makes you feel full faster and slows down digestion, which makes you tired and sluggish. Who wants to feel sluggish first thing in the morning when you have all day at the Parks to look forward to? Secondly, be sure to drink 1 full glass of water first thing in the morning. Drink another with breakfast and steadily throughout the day. One good tip…if you “chug” your water, you are already dehydrated. Signs of dehydration, especially in the heat are: dizziness, overheating and not having the ability to cool off, headache, tired, muscle cramps and lack of appetite. Eating the proper foods and in the heat, NEVER over eat, will allow your energy levels to maintain and not have spikes in blood sugar. Try to stay away from foods that are high in sodium (pizza, hot dogs, sausages, thick sauces). The best tip: prepack your healthy snacks. Bring fruit into the parks with you. Make a healthy trail mix of raw, unsalted nuts, dried (no sugar added) fruit. This is a great energizer and a snack that will help get you through the mid- morning or mid-afternoon before lunch or dinner.

During the heat of the day, stay away from drinks that are high in sugar and alcohol, as they both cause dehydration. The best remedy is water…Drink up!!!

Vacation and Disney are filled with deserts and great foods…but during the heat, do yourself a favor and save those “treats” for dinner. You want to give yourself the best chance to enjoy your experience and adventures with a clear mind and healthy body during the day.

 

  

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