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How Our Eating Habits Change In Summer

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As seasons change, so do our cravings, our habits, and ultimately, our diets. Colder months of the year are synonymous with hearty stews and festive treats, and it can often feel like we’ve gorged on food at Christmas. In the same way that our habits change in winter, the summer climate can also bring about changes in what we eat. 

In this blog we’re focusing on how warmer weather affects our diets. We’re also considering how to make the most of the season, and how to ensure our diets include everything we need to keep going in the heat.

 

Why warmer weather changes our eating habits

 

Naturally, an increase in temperature means we’re looking for ways to cool down – not warm up. Spending a summer’s evening cooking over a hot stove isn’t ideal, and dishes that are appealing in colder months are typically a no-go when the sun is shining. Opting for meals that are easier to prepare, like salads, or picking sweet treats that cool us down, like ice cream, is conventional in the warmer months.

However, scientific findings suggest our changes in diet might have more to do with bodily chemistry. One theory suggests certain amounts of light stimulate hunger, and when there’s less light our body naturally begins to crave food to store it, meaning we want to eat more in winter. Similarly, bodies have to work harder to fight the cold, and therefore the feeling of hunger is greater in colder weather due to the need for extra energy.

Being more active also has an impact. Spending more time outdoors and more time on our feet may result in not wanting to feel weighed down. Smaller and lighter portions of food may therefore be favoured, but it’s important to continue to get the right amount of nutrients needed to maintain a healthy balance within the body. 

There’s a range of reasons for dietary changes in summer, and navigating them can be beneficial to making the most of the season. 

 

 

Tips for eating well in summer

 

Stay hydrated

It’s not exactly food-focused, but ensuring our bodies are hydrated with water in the heat is key. With heat causing us to sweat more in order to cool our bodies down, we lose water at a faster rate than in colder weather. It’s recommended that you drink slightly more water in summer – around two and a half litres a day. This will ensure the body receives the hydration it needs. Drinking more water helps to regulate body temperature, keep joints lubricated, and deliver vital nutrients to the body’s cells.

 

Eat seasonally 

Make the most of seasonal products! Summer brings out the best in fruit and vegetables, with berries being their brightest, and leafy greens at their most verdant. Local produce can be a highlight and a great addition to your kitchen. In-season and local produce is generally regarded to taste fresher and more flavoursome, and the nutrient value of food is at its best the riper the food is. Some of the best British summer produce ranges from antioxidant-rich blueberries to superfood broccoli, and much more in between.

 

Plan ahead

Many of us experience busy lifestyles all year round, but the added aspect of wanting to avoid cooking in a hot kitchen means planning ahead by meal prepping can give you even more of an advantage in eating well. We would always suggest planning your meals for the week in advance, which can help you to save time, money, and trips to the supermarket, and actually preparing the meals to be able to grab and go from the fridge is ideal for being on the go in summer.

After all, we believe in cooking less, living more. Our meal plan options are built to fulfil this goal – we have options tailored to all, there to support your lifestyle. View the range here.

Anya

by Anya

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