This post is brought to you by my sponsor, “Always Eat After 7 PM”. The opinions expressed below are my own.
There’s no denying that things have been stressful lately. This spring has taken a toll on everyone I think, especially parents who have been quarantined with their kids and wearing the hat of “teacher” in addition to everything else. Self-care has fallen by the wayside as many of us were just trying to make it to the end of the school year.
Thankfully summer is here for my kids which means I’m no longer trying to educate my boys while working and entertaining a toddler so I can finally do a few things for myself. I’ve decided that this summer I am going to focus on myself and having a more healthy lifestyle. I’ll be trying to get outside more and have some quiet time either before my kids wake up in the morning or by sneaking outside to the backyard while my toddler naps. I’ll just dip my toes in her kiddy pool and pretend I’m at a resort since that’s likely the only “vacation” this summer will bring. I’m also going to be making sure I exercise daily, am more mindful of my food choices, and lower my sugar intake by drinking more water. I started working towards this goal of being healthier about a month ago and already see increased energy and some weight loss but want to keep the momentum going during these slower months of summer.
The past month and a half or so I’ve been exercising more by going for at least one walk a day with my one year old and our new dog. Since we don’t have a gated yard I have to take our energetic dog for walks around the neighborhood so it forces me to get outside and moving even on the days that I don’t really feel like it. And my toddler is always wanting to go out in her little pushcar so that’s some added calorie burning right there pushing her around while I try to keep up the brisk pace our dog sets. We also just got a basketball hoop so I’m looking forward to spending some time with my tweens doing that.
I’ve also been working on my eating habits and incorporating food ideas from the book Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight. Based on surprising science, Always Eat After 7 PM debunks popular diet myths and offers an easy-to-follow diet that accelerates fat-burning and allows you to indulge in your most intense food cravings: eating the majority of your calories at night. We’ve been traditionally taught to avoid carbs, have an early dinner, and never eat before bed. But the fact is, the latest scientific research shows us this earlier model is not the most ideal.
Other things I want to do are decrease my sugar intake and up my water intake. I’m trying to start my day with water instead of the sugary coffee drinks I have relied on for years. The book Always Eat After 7PM suggests drinking a glass of lemon water in the morning and says, “one of the simplest 3-Minute Fat-Burning Morning Rituals, lemon water is a glass of water mixed with the juice of one half of a lemon. This drink provides all the benefits of regular drinking water, which supports weight loss, digestive health, physical performance, and cognitive function.”
Overall, I think I’m off to a good start making healthy lifestyle changes that will be easy to maintain even when the lazy days of summer fade and the craziness of the school year returns. Want to join me in working on a healthier version of yourself this summer? Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion is now available to purchase. Learn more about the book and how to purchase here.
This was a sponsored post but thoughts are my own.