Michael van Straten
Michael van Straten

Healthy Summer Diet Plan


With summer on the way, outdoor living and holidays to look forward to, everyone wants to feel and look their best. No matter what else you do, making sure that your diet overflows with all the protective, energising and mood-enhancing foods is the cheapest, easiest and most effective first step.

And if you do need to drop a size or two, here's the perfect summer diet plan that helps you do it in the most healthy and easy way.

One really common problem is the summer holiday cold. As the stresses of holiday time build up, the anxieties of travelling, getting everything packed, coping with crowds at airports and traffic jams on the roads, it's inevitable that extremes of tension take their toll. When you finally arrive at your destination, your exhausted immune system switches off and by the second day you're coughing and sneezing.

Now's the time to think about boosting your natural immunity before the holiday season even begins.

Start your day with a glass of any fresh fruit or vegetable juice, a good source of protective anti-oxidants and free from artificial colours, preservatives and sweeteners. A one month course of the registered herbal medicine, Kaloba, could help boost your resistance to the bugs that cause colds and flu. This extract from an African Pelargonium is known to relieve the symptoms, but at your most vulnerable it may be protective too.

Then have a bowl of sugar free Muesli.

Michael's Special Muesli

For the best absorption of nutrients, prepare the night before by soaking the muesli in a little juice and stirring in a pot of low-fat natural bio yoghurt. By morning you'll have a smooth, creamy mixture with a host of friendly immune-boosting bacteria. Then add your own favourite fresh fruit and a spoon of fromage frais or single cream.

When it comes to workday lunches, it's easy to get into a rut and make the same choice day after day. But optimum nutrition needs as wide a variety of food choices as possible. Instead of your usual tuna, sweet corn and mayo sandwich, try a healthy vegetarian pizza or a kebab - not the awful Donner kebab oozing fat, but a lean chicken or lamb shish kebab cooked on a skewer, served in a wholemeal pita bread with plenty of salad - followed by your own soaked dried fruit salad sprinkled with a heaped dessertspoon of mixed seeds for extra omega 3s, zinc, vitamin E and fibre.

In the evening, choose a good low GI starchy meal like pasta, brown rice or sweet potatoes, with your favourite sauce and vegetables. This will help you sleep and give you lots of slow release energy. During the evening, use mixed dried fruit and nuts as a satisfying and nutrient rich nibble for lots of immune boosting protective nutrients.

Go easy on the alcohol, but drink around 2 litres of fluid a day, including lots of juices.


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