Health and fitness: Watch what you eat during summer

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By Kent Pegg

School is out. The weather is warmer. And more and more we’re getting out and taking part in summer activities. With so many events, back yard barbecues and good times, it can be hard to maintain a healthy and nutritious diet.

Even the most disciplined eater would have a hard time denying themselves all the taste pleasures that exist during the summer months. So how do you stay healthy and fit with all these potential high calorie days?

First, plan ahead. When going to events, pack good sandwiches and low-fat snacks to prevent you from falling victim to burgers, hot dogs and french fries during the day.

Also, remember to take good drinks with you. Sugar-free drinks and beverages like iced tea are not always easy to find but, by taking them with you, you’ll have them ready and handy when you need them.

Next, when you do find yourself needing something to eat while you’re out, search out the healthiest option. While not easy to find, some foods may be available that aren’t so bad.

When you come across these healthier options, take advantage of them. Even if you’re not starving at the time, eating the healthy choice when presented will keep you from taking a less healthy option later.

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