Surviving Summer Slump


In the past 10 years that I’ve been doing nutrition counseling, I’ve noticed something that I can’t explain: I call it the Summer Slump and we’re in the thick of it.

What is Summer Slump? It’s a week or two where almost everyone struggles with motivation, mood and/or will-power. Of course, it’s common for everyone to have times when they struggle with these things, but for some reason almost EVERYONE is struggling right now.

Why? I don’t know! Maybe it’s the heat, end of summer vacation, or alignment of the planets. If you have a guess, please let me know. At any rate, here’s what to do about it:

  1. Make sleep a priority. It will reduce appetite and cravings and improve energy and will-power.

  2. Splurge on yummy summer produce. If over-eating peaches will keep you from over-eating cookies, it’s well worth it!

  3. Realize that these doldrums are normal and will pass. In the meantime, try not to do anything you regret too much.

  4. Keep fighting your best fight! At every single meal, make the best choices that you can. Whatever the situation and whatever your will-power, DO YOUR BEST with it. Even if that means eating 6 scoops of ice cream instead of 8, it still makes a difference. Never give up. 90% of the damage happens only after you say “scr*w it.”

  5. Come on in and see us at DfH. When you least feel like it is probably when you most need to!

All my best! Hang in there!


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