5 Tips for Surviving BBQ Season
Memorial day is the unofficial start of summer. Say hello to the sun, days on the water, family, friends, and food! With a cook out just about every other weekend, how is it possible to stay on track with your health goals? It's easier than you think. With just a few steps planned in advance, it's easy to enjoy everything summer has to offer and still stay on plan!
5 Tips for surviving BBQ season.
1. Keep everything else equal.
Stick to your normal routine for meals and snacks. Holding off on eating until you get to the party to save on calories will only make you want to eat more when you get there. On the other side, punishing yourself for overindulging creates a restrictive mindset and pushes the, "Well, the whole week's out the window now. Might as well eat a whole pizza" reaction. Keep everything else equal and you'll be more apt to eat less during the party and get right on plan for the next meal.
2. Bring something on plan.
Just because everyone else is bringing crappy food doesn't mean you have to. There are tons of party and family friendly recipes out there, pick one that fits your plan and bring it! This way you'll be sure to have at least one healthy option available that is easy and healthy to snack on.
3. Keep up on your water.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Make sure to hit your water goal every day (your weight divided by 2 equals how many ounces you should drink daily). If you're enjoying a cocktail, wine or beer at a party, make sure you have a glass of water in between! Among the wide number of benefits of proper water intake, it reduces the number of overall calories and makes sure you don't get dehydrated.
4. Hang out away from the food.
Out of sight, out of mind. It is very common for us to make food the center of the party. However, hanging out by the food means you are much more likely to continue to snack long after you're full. (But the guacamole is so good!) Fill your plate, then find a space away from the food so you are less apt to continue snacking after your plate is empty.
5. Keep moving 4+ days per week.
A body in motion stays in motion. A body in motion also burns more calories. Keep active this summer 4 or more days per week. You'll feel better and it will be easier to give yourself some grace when you're having fun.