Are you worried that getting back to social events this summer is going to interfere with the balanced diet you’ve been cultivating for yourself? Here are a few tips to help you maintain a healthy, balanced diet as you begin to venture back into your social life this season.

Practice Portion Control

Mindful eating is about more than just portion control, but setting realistic portions for yourself is a helpful tactic. Take note when you start to feel full and then step away from your plate for a little while. This can help you avoid overeating and feeling bloated later. And if you’re prone to over-snacking, you’re not alone. In fact, about 13.5% of American adults admit to eating more than 20 chocolate chip cookies at a time. While there’s nothing wrong with a cookie or two, eating in such large quantities at one time can have adverse effects on your digestion. If you find yourself wanting to binge on processed snacks, it’s probably a sign that you’re restricting yourself a little too much. A balanced diet means everything in moderation!

Create a Balanced Plate for Yourself

Planning your first party of the season requires lots of prep work. A party of 15 people will require a supply of almost 200 napkins, after all. More than that, you’ll need to plan your menu and what your plate will look like when you eat. Take care to add some fruits and veggies to your plate alongside your favorite summer potluck side dishes like macaroni salad or spinach dip. A well-balanced plate will have a combination of proteins, vegetables, and whole grains. Choose foods that are nutrient-dense and you’ll be having fun and feeling satisfied all day.

Don’t Forget to Take Daily Supplements

Maintaining a balanced diet happens before, during, and after events. That’s why including vital vitamins and minerals in your diet every day is crucial. Unfortunately, vitamins are something that we often forget when talking about a balanced diet. Vitamins are one of the essential nutrients for a body that combines with others to make a healthy diet. For instance, for a healthy nervous and circulatory system vitamin B12 is a very vital element.

Stay Hydrated

Above all else, make sure you’re staying hydrated. It can be tempting to drink alcohol all night at summer events without stopping for a sip of water, but hydration is essential to a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. On average, you should be aiming for about 64 fluid ounces of water per day. When you’re at a summer event, make sure you always have a glass or a bottle of water handy to sip on.

Getting your social life back this summer shouldn’t mean you have to sacrifice the great habits you’ve built up. As with all things, your diet and health are about balance.