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How to Stay "On Track" with Summer Festivals and Fairs with your Nutrition

By Erica F. Perusse, B.S.

Summer is here, and along with it, the excitement of festivals is in full swing! Whether you're into food fest, music jams, or your local fair, navigating these events while staying true to your nutrition goals can be challenging. Picture yourself surrounded by a tempting whirlwind of scents—fried delights, sugary treats, and savory munchies calling out from every stall. But worry not because Nourished with Emily is here to support you every step of the way! Creating awareness and practicing balance can be a great way to help you start and maintain weight loss that actually works and help you choose foods that supporting losing weight.

In this blog post, we're sharing simple tips to help you embrace all the summer festivities while staying on track with your health goals. We'll dive into three essential areas for enjoying the sun-drenched fun: hydration, food choices, and embracing movement!

Ready to make the most of your festival season? Let's dive in!

Stay Refreshed: Hydration Tips for Summer Festivals

Dehydration is a big concern, especially in the summer heat. Carrying a reusable water bottle and staying hydrated throughout the day can make all the difference. How much water you need depends on your body size, age, activity level, climate, and diet. Everyone's needs are different, so there's no one-size-fits-all amount.

Stay hydrated by sipping water consistently throughout the day. If you start feeling unwell, take a moment to rest or seek assistance at a medical tent. Many people end up in medical tents due to heat exhaustion and dehydration at outdoor events, highlighting the importance of staying hydrated, especially in hot and busy environments. Additionally, be mindful that certain medications can increase your vulnerability to dehydration and sunburn.

Keeping hydrated isn't just about avoiding heat issues; it also helps curb those impulsive cravings and prevents mindless eating. So, keep that water bottle handy and enjoy your festival without worry!

Navigating and Enjoying Festival Foods Without the Guilt

Examples of fair foods that are healthy options

We get it—navigating the food options at festivals can be overwhelming. Did you know that over 70% of people struggle to make healthy choices at festivals? Some of the biggest challenges include constant temptations, oversized portions, limited healthy options, impulsive cravings, and mindless eating.

Fair food often comes in super-sized portions, which can easily lead to overeating. A nifty tip is to share dishes with those who came with you, like friends or family. Whether it's diving into a decadent funnel cake, savoring a refreshing Mediterranean bowl, or munching on flavored corn on the cob, sharing helps strike a balance with indulgent treats. For instance, one person can dig into a hearty gyro bowl with extra meat, another can relish a sweet funnel cake or cotton candy, and another opts for roasted corn's savory delight. Sharing makes the experience more enjoyable and ensures everyone gets a taste of the festival's foods without going overboard.

Protein-rich foods at festivals can provide essential nutrients like vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. It's okay to enjoy your favorite festival foods; focus on reasonable portions to avoid feeling bloated or on a sugar high afterward.

Most importantly, before you dive into the array of tempting food choices at your upcoming summer event, start by setting yourself up for success at home. Eating a balanced meal before you head out can help curb excessive hunger when faced with all those tempting vendor offerings. This strategy keeps you from constant snacking and mindless eating. Practice mindful eating by savoring each bite, relishing the flavors, and tuning into your body's hunger and fullness cues. Aim to stop eating when you're satisfied and not uncomfortably stuffed so you can enjoy the festival without any regrets.

Step Into Summer Fun: Embracing Activities and Movement You Love!

Key reminders for healthy summers

The excitement of fairs and festivals can sometimes lead to emotional eating rather than satisfying hunger. Stay focused on why you're there! Whether it's the live music, thrilling rides, or time spent with others, engage fully in the experiences. Remember, food is part of the celebration but not the main event.

Festivals are more than just food and fun—they're also a fantastic opportunity to stay active! On average, festival-goers can easily rack up thousands of steps throughout the day. Did you know that attending a festival can often result in walking over 10,000 steps? That's like walking the length of a football field over 33 times! Embrace the energy and excitement by participating in activities like dancing to live music, exploring vendor booths, or taking a stroll through exhibits. Even standing and mingling can contribute to your daily movement goals. So, lace up your comfortable shoes and let each step add to the memorable experience of the day!

If you're there for the tasty festival treats, stick to your plan and enjoy them in moderation. Again, consider sharing treats with your friends or family. It's important to remember that these events are just a tiny part of your week. No need to stress or deny yourself foods you don't typically indulge in. Enjoying special treats for a day or a few hours won't derail your progress. The key is to be mindful of what you consume, pace yourself, stay hydrated, and, most importantly, have fun.

With thoughtful planning and mindful choices, you can savor the fun of the fair without compromising your nutrition and weight loss goals. Most importantly, enjoy every moment, and the next day, resume your routine with a bit of extra hydration to combat any festival indulgence effects.

With our NWE clients, we focus on personalized guidance to support them for whatever event or activity they have ahead. You are never left to figure it out alone if you don't want to. If you would like to have a dietitian in your pocket the next time you head to a festival, check out the many ways you can work with us here. We're here to help you navigate any challenges and confidently achieve your health goals. Let's make this summer one to remember—filled with fun, flavor, and choices you enjoy!


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