Summer is a special time. Whether you are a kid with a summer break from school, an avid hiker, a beach goer or someone who lives for the summer get-togethers, the summer months are nothing short of wonderful. With longer days and restrictions on social gatherings, many people look for any opportunity to spend more time outdoors socializing and who doesn't love a good BBQ with a few beers? The summer often seems short and temptations for indulgences are all around.
So, what is the best way to maintain your commitment to your health related goals? Avoiding all social gatherings to help you stay focused may not be the best course of action and sticking to salads instead of a fully loaded hamburger and potato chips isn't sustainable. Balance and moderation are key when working at staying on track because, let's face it, resistance and willpower only last for so long.
Instead, try to incorporate balance as a strategy to help you stay committed to your health goals and find a way you can treat yourself while keeping your health as a priority. Try having a half hamburger with a green salad and maybe a few chips on the side. Order a mini sized ice cream instead of a regular size or commit to only having one alcohol beverage per social event.
Here are some other strategies that can help you practice moderation at social gatherings: