Happy Labor Day! This weekend, you might be getting together with friends and family for one last summer celebration. As you get your plans in order, don’t forget about your health goals. To make sure you enjoy your Labor Day Weekend and still feel great when it’s over, strategize ways to stay on track. Here are a few ideas:
Do Not Skip Meals
You might be tempted to skip a meal to make room for extra food at a party. Don’t do this! Fasting beforehand to cut calories often leads to poor food choices and overeating. Instead, focus on consuming a nutrient dense meal before you go. You won’t feel so hungry and will be better equipped to make smart food choices and practice portion control. For example, eggs with whole grain toast and a piece of fruit is a simple, easy way to start any holiday off on the right track
If you have to miss a workout, make sure you stay active. Run around with the kids, go for a walk with your family, swim, play, HAVE FUN! You’ll feel better if you move around while spending quality time with loved ones.
Plan Your Treat
It’s a holiday, so of course you may want to indulge a little. To avoid overdoing it, pick just one treat. Weather it’s a piece of pie or an alcoholic drink, set a goal and stick to it! Having a goal will prevent you from indulging in a little bit of everything, which can quickly add up to too much.
Bring Your Own Dish
When you don’t know what will be available, it’s hard to plan ahead. Take control of your food choices by making sure healthy options are available by bringing a healthy dish to share with your friends! Focus on whole grains and vegetables, and you can supplement with other foods to build a great meal!.
Overeating is all to easy when there is an abundance of food at your fingertips. To keep your portions in check, be mindful of how much attention you give to the food table. Avoid grazing or standing next to food dishes. Instead, use a plate to portion your food so you know exactly what and how much you are eating. Fill up on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein to avoid calorie dense options later.
Make Healthy Swaps
Makeover your favorite dishes with healthier ingredients. Choose whole-wheat rolls and buns instead of white. Substitute a traditional mayo-based potato salad with a vinegar base. Grill tons of vegetables along with lean meats.
Get Right Back on Track
After your weekend away, make sure you get right back to your normal routine. Plan out your food choices for the rest of the week and schedule in workouts. If you are not already a member at North End Fitness & Training, sign up for a free trial now. We can help you get you on the right track to a healthier you!
Have a safe and healthy weekend!