It’s hard to believe that we’re already thinking about summer… but the fact that the temperatures have already hit the triple digits here in Arizona makes it official… Summer is just around the corner!

It means we’re preparing to peel off those winter layers in exchange for materials that just might cling more than we’d like to in areas that were much easier to hide when we sported those sweats and puffer jackets.

It means that it is time for those summer dresses, skirts, shorts, and…yes, even those swimsuits to come out of the depths of our closets.

It also means wanting to eat and live as clean and healthy as possible so we can feel confident in our summer wardrobes.

I thought I’d share some of my own favorite tips that will help you to stay healthy and fit during these warmer months and also help you look and feel great in those shorts and swimsuits! 

  1. Start every day with 8 ounces of water mixed with 2 teaspoons of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar – Great for digestion, boosting the metabolism, and cleansing the system.
  2. Eat REAL FOOD only from the perimeter of your grocery store. Think fresh vegetables and fruits, lean meats, poultry, and seafood, raw seeds and nuts, beans, etc …
  3. Ramp up on eating those greens – in addition to salads: juice them, throw them in smoothies, add them to soups and sauces, and even dehydrate them and sprinkle them on everything
  4. Take a quality probiotic or eat fermented foods every single day. Good examples are sauerkraut, kimchi, pickled ginger, fermented cucumbers, coconut yogurt, kombucha, water kefir, etc.
  5. Make One Small Change — And Stick To It. Make one goal for yourself at a time. Maybe it’s removing soda from your lunch or moving for five extra minutes a day. Just make it attainable and commit to it. Once you master that first goal, you can add another to it, and so on. When you do what you say you’re going to do, the scale will follow.
  6. Take 15 minutes each evening to plan out your meals for the next day. This simple task of planning ahead can help you stay right on track to reach those goals.
  7. Learn to LOVE Burpees. They may be tough but they target every muscle group and they get that heart rate up. Set a goal to do a certain number two times every day. Then try and increase that number. This is a great metabolic boost to your day.
  8. Try Interval Training. You can do it from home and it can be as simple as doing 10 sprints up and down your block. It is a great way to rev up your metabolism and your body will continue to burn more calories for the rest of the day.