Summer Nutrition Tips

summer nutrition

For your clients, summer means traveling, outdoor parties, and inconsistent schedules. Some clients may even have the mindset they no longer need to work toward their “summer body.” Before they get way off track, set the tone at your facility that summer does not need to mean getting away from their healthy habits. 

To make sure clients continue their healthy habits during the summer, it is important to give them ways to do it. If clients have easy ways to stick to their plan, they are more likely to do it. Providing tips that are realistic and will not interfere with their plans is essential to their success. 

Traveling is one of the most common ways clients break their habits, but it does not have to be that way. Provide your clients with a checklist or suggested travel tips they can follow while they are away.  

These travel tips would include: 

Packing Snacks: Traveling means long periods of time where a client may only see fast food restaurants. The urge to binge is higher when they let themselves get to the point of being very hungry. Encourage clients to pack non-perishable snacks. RX Bars, applesauce pouches and nuts (in small amounts) are packable snacks that will support the clients’ healthy eating habits.  

Stay Consistent: Changes in time zones and long periods in cars or planes can throw eating schedules off track. Clients can set timers on their phone to remain consistent with their meals. This helps to keep them from binge eating or slowing down their metabolism.  

Food Logging: Food logging is another way to provide accountability to your clients. With online food logging, it is easy for you to see your clients’ food logs and provide feedback from a distance. Even though they may not physically be there, you can still show them you are aware and are helping them stay on track.  

Hotel Meals: Hotels do not always provide the variety of healthy options your clients are used to at home. Continental breakfasts are stacked with pastries and sugary cereals. Teach your client the right choices to make from the options they have:  

  • Continental Breakfast: Plain oatmeal with fruit, scrambled eggs and turkey sausage/bacon are a great way to start the day.  
  • Room Service Menus: Even if the menu does not have grilled chicken or vegetables listed, most hotels will have the ability to make that. Opt for chicken or fish with no sauce, vegetables and brown rice.  

Summer Event Tips:  

Restaurant Outings: For those summer restaurant outings, recommend to clients to look at the menu beforehand and decide what they are eating before they get there. Also, having a healthy snack before getting to the restaurant will ensure they don’t change their order. Going to a restaurant while hungry is a recipe for disaster.  

Drinks: Summer parties lend themselves to lemonades and punches. Those are calories that do not fuel your body or help you feel full. Instead, stick to water – fruit infused – and save those calories for filling meals.  

Parties: If attending a party, clients can ask the host if they can bring a dish to share. They can choose a healthy balanced snack that will please the crowd while still keeping them feeling fulfilled.  

Whether supporting your clients through travel or just numerous summer events, you are the accountability factor. If your time is limited, try setting up automations like scheduled posts and emails to give your client’s the reminders they need to stay on track. 

Just because they may be on vacation from work, doesn’t mean that nutrition has to be on vacation as well.

Nicole Aucoin
Nicole Aucoin is a registered dietitian who has worked in the nutrition and fitness industry for over 15 years. She found CrossFit in 2009 and was instantly drawn to the community. In 2012, Nicole founded Healthy Steps Nutrition, a nutrition-consulting business, and a few years later she expanded to open CrossFit HSN. Through HSN, Nicole started HSN Mentoring where she has helped hundreds of gym owners and dietitians start and grow their own nutrition programs. Nicole wrote a book, Nourish: Grow Your Nutrition Business from the Ground Up, which is available on Amazon. If you will be at the CrossFit Games, make sure you check out the Nicole’s SME presentations on building a nutrition business within your gym on Friday at 11 a.m and Saturday at noon. She will also be doing a book signing at the CrossFit Stuff Vendor area at 2 p.m. on Saturday.