Let’s Discuss: Summer Diets

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After eating anything and everything that was nearby during finals, I am consciously making an effort to change my eating habits. Not that I eat very badly; I just got too accustomed to coming home from a long day at school and indulging in wine and chocolate or ice cream. When I tried on a pair of shorts the other day that used to fit loosely around my hips but are now snug, I decided that change is in order.

Change doesn’t have to mean going on a five day cleanse, or completely eliminating sweets and bread from your diet. I’m not a nutritionist by any means, but I know that when it comes to looking and feeling better, you have to do what works for you. For instance, I have very low blood sugar and start to feel faint if I don’t have fruit or a glass of orange juice in the morning, so cutting sugar out completely probably wouldn’t be the best idea. I also know that, for me, having several small meals throughout the day won’t yield results. Instead, I am focusing on having three healthy meals during the day, and if I need it, a snack of fruit, veggies or pretzels and hummus.

What I also know about myself is that if I deprive myself of sweets for too long, I’ll binge and eat a pint of coffee ice cream in one sitting. This is why I’ve decided to allow myself two indulgence meals per week, rather than an entire cheat day. If I want to have a glass of wine [or two] and Pinkberry on a Saturday night, I will.

Something else that I believe is essential, and what I learned from Kris of Young Married Chic, is the importance of meal planning. If I go to Trader Joe’s on Sunday and plan out my meals for the week, I’ll stick to what I have on hand and not be tempted to walk down the street and grab a couple slices of pizza. Tonight, I am going to prepare thin-sliced chicken breasts to have for dinner over the next few nights, paired with a summer salad of spinach, raspberries, avocado and tomatoes.

Now I want to ask you: are you planning on or have you recently tried to change the way you eat? What works for you, and how do you keep yourself on track?

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6 Comments

  1. May 19, 2014 / 3:24 pm

    Thanks for sharing this post it is very informative; I am currently on a diet though I still eat whatever I want I do it now in portion and in moderation. I don’t go on indulging food until I feel like throwing up.Also I do cleansing juices to help relax my stomach…^^

  2. May 20, 2014 / 2:30 pm

    I love your approach to diets and slimming down… do what works for you! I’m currently doing the Weight Watchers online program and am seeing results. If you’re looking for healthy recipes, you should check out my blog!

    • sarahlovesmakeup
      May 22, 2014 / 11:36 pm

      Thank you so much, and I definitely will!

  3. May 21, 2014 / 9:53 am

    Avocado and tomato is so so nice, I hope your diet goes well! x

    • sarahlovesmakeup
      May 22, 2014 / 11:35 pm

      Thank you!!

  4. Miranda
    May 26, 2014 / 8:08 pm

    I love your thoughts about dieting!! For me, I want to eat more fruits and veggies, but the thought of having to prepare it is a little daunting.

    I’ve been dying to get a NutriBullet for a while and I am super excited to make a great protein shake every morning to start my day on the right foot. I just have to get to Whole Foods and get my hands on as many fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds as possible

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