|Happy 4th of July!|
Happy 4th of July! Well…almost. So who all has that big 4th of July picnic coming up? Are you hosting or attending one? Let me guess, the annual picnic that you either host or attend consists of hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans, corn on the cob, macaroni salad, chips, pretzels, alcohol, maybe some cupcakes or cake! What did I miss??! Surely I don’t have the only family picnic that consists of all of this food, right?
So, heading in to this holiday weekend one of two things is probably going to happen.
1. You stay on track, maybe pick at a few cheats for your holiday meal, and don’t feel too guilty when the weekend is over.
2. You end up over indulging on anything and everything, drink a few too many drinks, and end the weekend a couple pounds heavier feeling guilty.
Does anyone else usually end up like #2?
Holiday picnics can be so tough. I swear all of the socializing makes you hungry! I personally will be heading to my parents for a pretty big family picnic that will last all day long. All of the traditional picnic food, and then some, will be staring me right in the face! So, I have a few tips for you consider following this weekend whether you are hosting or attending a party.
- Use small plates. Did you know that research shows that people who use small plates actually eat less without even noticing?
- Eat the healthiest foods first. Stick with salad, fruits, and veggies. These types of foods are typically low in calories. In addition, add some lean protein to your plate too. This will help to keep you felling fuller, longer.
- Skip the bread, chips, and crackers. Refined carbohydrates offer very little satisfaction, not to mention the calories.
- Limit your dessert. If you can pass on the dessert, then do it! If not, keep it SMALL. The difference between a a big slice of dessert and a small piece could literally be hundreds of calories. So, if you are planning to cheat a little with a dessert, stick with small portion sizes.
- Think before you drink. You definitely want to stay hydrated throughout the day so be sure you are drinking enough water. You should aim to drink half of your body weight in ounces. But, this wasn’t the “drink” that I was referring to. If you are planning to have alcohol, chose wisely. I know a big strawberry daiquiri or margarita looks and tastes delicious, but, they can have as much as 500+ calories! Drink a few of those and you’ve max out what you should consume in an entire day! So, use a smaller sized glass for the sugary drinks, stick with wine, lite beer, or at the very least, limit (and be cautious) about how much your are drinking. The same goes for soda/pop. Aside from the nutrients (or lack of), drinking your calories away isn’t a great idea.
- While you are socializing do yourself a favor. DON’T SIT IN FRONT OF THE CHIPS! If you do, you may fall in to that trap of mindlessly eating. What does that mean? Think about it. When you sit around a table talking with friends and family is there usually some sort of snack laying on the table? What happens? Do you notice the hands dipping in the bowl, everyone eating while talking and not even thinking about it? Yep, that’s it. Mindlessly eating at its best! Don’t worry, I’ve fallen in to that trap too.