Cool and Enjoyable Summer Exercise

Dedicated to beauty, both inside and out, Dr. David Whiteman of Southern Plastic Surgery often advises cosmetic surgery patients to follow an exercise regime both before and following any procedure to facilitate healing and further enhance their satisfaction with their surgical results.  Read below for some of our latest exercise tips.

Summer is a difficult season for exercise, especially here in the notorious Atlanta heat. However, here are some easy and creative ideas for summer workouts that can get you outside.

Swimming – You don’t have to own a pool to swim. There are many public pools around Atlanta that are open in the mornings for lap swimmers. Swimming is a great way to burn a ton of calories in very little time. It’s a great morning workout routine as it wakes you up and really gets you ready to start the day. Many YMCA’s have outdoor pools in addition to their workout facilities, so if a public pool is far from your house, there are other options for swimming as well.

Biking – Biking, no matter where, is a great form of exercise, because just like swimming it can help burn lots of calories with little time commitment. In the summer heat, the best biking paths are on trails. All over the Atlanta area, city parks offer bike trails. They’re usually shaded by trees and can be a cool alternative to pavement. Sometimes following a river or stream, you can burn easily burn calories while enjoying the scenery.

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If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Get INTO The Kitchen: Healthy Recipes Perfect for Summer

If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Get INTO The Kitchen: Healthy Recipes Perfect for SummerDiet and exercise are an invaluable aspect of any type of weight-loss related procedures. In order to attain the best results, Dr. Whiteman often has patients follow a diet plan both before and after their respective surgical procedure. We’ve put together a list outlining several ideas for easy summer recipes, in addition to the other information on the health and wellness portion of our blog, that can help you improve your look (whether you’re having cosmetic surgery or not.)

Easy Summer Eat’s

Summer is all about cool, fresh, and light ingredients. Beautiful produce is available in any local grocery store that is both healthy and delicious; you just have to know what to look for! For vegetables, it’s all about the color. Vegetables that are deep and vibrant in color are often rich in beta-carotene and other important nutrients.  Peppers, tomatoes, spinach, beets, carrots, and broccoli are all good examples of vitamin rich, healthy vegetables. As far as fruits are concerned, peaches, nectarines, and plums are good snack ideas because of their high water content.   They will fill you up without giving you the unwanted calories that many fat-laden snack foods contain.

Here are some ideas of healthy summer recipes:

Grilled Pepper Salad

4 bell peppers, (mixed colors), halved, seeded and stemmed

1/4 cup halved and pitted oil-cured black olives

1/4 cup rinsed and chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes

1 tbs extra-virgin olive oil

1 tbs balsamic vinegar

1/8 tsp salt

Grill peppers on medium-high, intermittently turning until soft and charred in spots (usually 5 minutes per side.) When cool enough to handle, chop the peppers and gently mix with olives, tomatoes, oil, vinegar, and salt in a large bowl.

Braised Green Beans & Summer Vegetables

1 small onion, halved and sliced

1 tb finely chopped fresh oregano (or 1 tsp dried)

1 lb. green beans, trimmed

1 medium summer squash (or zucchini) halved and cut into 1-inch pieces

1 cup halved cherry (or grape) tomatoes

1 tb extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 cup white wine (or reduced-sodium chicken broth)

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper

1/4 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and oregano and cook, stirring, until softened and beginning to brown (about 2 minutes. Add wine (or broth) and bring to a boil. Add green beans, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring once or twice. Add summer squash (or zucchini) and tomatoes and continue cooking until the vegetables are tender, 8 to 10 minutes more.  Season beans with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with parmesan and serve.

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Dr. Oz’s Tips on Eating Fruit the Right Way

Dr. Oz’s Tips on Eating Fruit the Right WayWe have all heard sayings such as, “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away” and other friendly reminders about how including fruits in our diet is good for our health. But did you know there is a right and wrong way to eat fruit? With the help of the popular television personality Dr. Oz, Southern Plastic Surgery has compiled some tips about how to properly include fruit into your diet:

  • Only eat fruit on an empty stomach! You sometimes hear people complain that they cannot eat fruit because it causes them to bloat, have gas, or feel like they have to go to the bathroom. The real reason for this is that the food you eat before eating your fruit, ferments in your stomach and turns to acid. Once fruit comes in contact with the acid, it causes gas and bloating and prevents the fruit from being quickly digested; robbing it of the nutrients and health benefits it has to offer.
  • Know the right way to drink fruit. Make sure it is fresh juice and not from concentrate and avoid drinking juice that has been heated. And remember, even though fruit juice does have its benefits, the best way get the full vitamins and nutrients from fruit is to eat it whole!
  • Avoid cooked fruit. Once you cook a fruit, you rob it of the valuable vitamins and all you are left with is the taste.
  • Know the right types of fruit to eat.
    • Apples: Rich in flavonoids and antioxidants, apples help to lower the risk of colon cancer, stroke, and heart attack.
    • Strawberries: Fruit with the most powerful antioxidants, protecting you from free radicals, blood clots, and some types of cancer.
    • Kiwi: With twice the amount of vitamin C that an orange has, kiwi is also a great source of vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, and fiber.
    • Papaya: Has one of the highest vitamin C contents; Also rich in carotene which improves eye health.
    • Watermelon: Contains glutathione which boosts the immune system, vitamin C and potassium. Also has lycopene (also found in tomatoes) which helps protect against cancer.
  • Be aware of the benefits of fruit and take advantage! Fruits can detoxify your body while simultaneously providing you with the energy needed for everything from day-to-day activities to strenuous exercise.

For more information about diet and exercise tips and healthy recipes, visit the health and wellness section of our website. As always, feel free to contact Dr. Whiteman’s office if you have any questions are wish to schedule a consultation.