The Life of a Home Mom

Tips for Watching Your Health this Summer

With summer in full swing, it is now the time for increased travel. With the increase in relaxation, adventure and fun in the sun, our health tends to take a backseat. Whether you’re headed to fish on the lake or sit on a sandy beach, Dr. Wayne Andersen, Medical Director for Take Shape for Life ( and author of the bestselling book “Dr. A’s Habits of Health,” wants to keep you on track with some of his healthy travel tips.

  • Before you pack, be sure to ask the hotel if they have a gym or pool and bring appropriate clothes to get some exercise. (No excuses! Have some fun and exercise!)
  • Bring healthy snacks for the road / plane. Items like Medifast Crunch Bars are great options because they’re satisfying, portable and contain less sodium and calories than airplane snacks or fast food options. (My kids love trail mixes)
  • Drink lots of water. Any sort of traveling is taxing on the body and you’ll want to keep hydrated. (Dehydration is not something small, it can not only make you sick it can kill you.)
  • Remember that alcohol will let down your defenses and is full of empty calories and carbs! It is best to choose club soda or a diet drink with your meals. (Course water is another great alternative.)
  • Make healthy choices. Some days you may have to have both lunch and dinner out, so make the best of it and choose wisely. (Vacation/summer time are the two most popular time periods most people gain weight.)
  • Order a salad and appetizer for your main meal. It will most likely be the proper portion.
  • Remember to bring your journal to jot down both memories from the trip as well as what you ate to help you keep track of calories. (You never know what types of stories you’ll be able to tell. Who knows you may even write a book.)

Dr. Wayne Andersen is the Medical Director for Take Shape for Life Wellness program. He is board certified in internal medicine and specializes in weight management. Dr. Andersen graduated from University of Florida. Involved with Johns Hopkins in collaborating studies to show the efficacy of meal replacements, Dr. Andersen’s goal is to provide simple, convenient means for people to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. As the chief architect of Take Shape for Life, Dr. Andersen has built an integrated support system that helps people make the necessary changes in their lifestyles to create optimal health.


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