Memorial Day Fun…How to Stay on Track!

Memorial Day is almost here!

Which for me, means school will be out for summer in no time! It also means lots of get-togethers with family and friends, sunshine (hopefully!), parades, barbecues, and outdoor activities.  Dust off that bike!

It also means too many opportunities to indulge in those delicious sweets, barbecued hotdogs and hamburgers, and too many cocktails! If you’re worried about over-indulging but want to eat the things you love and enjoy the Memorial Day weekend sans guilt,  then keep reading.

Simple Tips for a  Guilt-Free Memorial Day:

Tip #1: Don’t have an all or nothing mentality. Don’t go face down into an entire cherry pie, eat whatever you want and as much as you want, and  then tell yourself you will start over on Monday (don’t we all do that?!).  But also don’t completely deprive yourself of everything and spend the holiday avoiding every BBQ either.  Have a plan before you head out for the party.  What will be your “treat” that you will let yourself enjoy?  And then eat everything else in moderation or just take a sample taste of the not-so-healthy foods!

Tip #2: Make Smart Choices. If you’re a meat eater, stick to leaner meats like grilled chicken breasts, turkey hot dogs, etc. Try to keep the cocktails to 1-2 drinks max, and drink lots of water. Avoid all the mayo-laden, carb-heavy dishes like pasta salad and potato salad. Load up on fresh fruits and veggies. And don’t graze by the table for hours – take a plate of food, eat it, and then go mingle!

Tip #3: Get active! The weather during the long weekend is usually warming up, so if there’s a volleyball game, a bike ride in the park, or a hike planned during your picnic or BBQ, participate! You’ll get some exercise and will have fun at the same time.  And plan your workouts for the entire weekend before Friday so you will be committed to exercising and working off some of those extra calories.

Tip #4: Enjoy yourself. Don’t count every calorie you eat, don’t try to stick to a super rigid eating plan. If you do happen to completely fall off the wagon, don’t beat yourself up about it.  Life is to be lived and enjoyed!  You can make a plan for workouts and healthy food prepping  post-holiday.

 Tip #5: Detox after Long Weekend. Most of us probably will overindulge during Memorial Day. The best way to get back on track is to eliminate the sugar, any “white” food, and concentrate on drinking lots of lemon water, veggies and greens, small amounts of clean protein.  You’ll feel lighter in no time.

If you happen to be hosting your Memorial Day BBQ, try this PORTABELLA VEGGIE BURGER WITH GOAT CHEESE or SPICED SALMON KABOBS for lighter, healthier, but still amazingly delicious holiday meals. Have a great long weekend everyone and let’s remember and honor our soldiers!

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