Vacation time is over time to get back to a healthier you

Did summer vacation bump you off of your healthy eating and exercise habits? If so then you are not alone. Thousands of other parents also tend to relax during summer vacation when the kids are home from school but an article posted on September 15, 2011 at Medical News Today reminds us that “School Is Back and It's Time To Get Back On The Good Health Track.”

"Most of us have a vacation mentality during the summer. We love letting go of our schedules, heading to our favorite take out restaurant and keeping the kids busy," said Stefanie Barthmare, a psychotherapist with the Methodist Weight Management Center in Houston. "By the end of the summer we've run out of steam. Unfortunately, not enough rest and a bunch of eating on the run is a recipe for weight gain and other health challenges."

Did you know that according to the National Institute of Health significant weight gain often occurs during the holiday season but is not lost during summer months? This statistic is one reason why the number of obese people is predicted to grow to 164 million by 2030.

To get yourself back on track and on the way to being healthy and thin in time for the holidays Barthmare recommends creating a new basic plan that puts your health and well being first such as taking a walk with a friend or your spouse early in the morning and spending time planning simple healthy menus for the week to avoid fast food.

"Getting back into a routine is a no-fail route to lesson on the run decision making about food and exercise," Barthmare said. "A plan that starts with actions you can continue to do even when the seasons change is one that will produce lasting change. Start with the basics like a few days of food records or getting to bed earlier tonight. That's what works."

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