4th of July Weekend: Beer, Brats, Brownies, Oh My!
July 1, 2016
I hope you all are as excited as I am to begin the Independence Day weekend festivities! Good food, good friends, good times, what more could you ask for? Right now, some may be accepting defeat on their diet before the weekend begins, but with these tips & tricks, there's no need to stress. I'm here to share some tips with you that will ensure you aren't missing out on 'Merica's traditions, but also don't set you back too far from your goals come Wednesday I pulled a lot of my tips from my holiday article because it's basically the same concept:
1) Save your calories for only the special once-a-year treats- How many times a year are you offered your bff's famous spinach artichoke dip or your Mom's Red, White, and Blue Jello cake? Probably only once a year- so choose those desserts to indulge in instead of store-bought cookies with icing you can get any other day of the year.
2) Focus on fun, not food- Yes, they typically go hand-in-hand, but I've been guilty of letting food distract me from having fun with friends and family I only see ever so often. Make a goal to immerse yourself in conversations, not food.
3) Plan ahead- One of the lessons that have had the biggest impact on my healthy journey is planning ahead. I used to throw myself into the holiday gatherings "hoping for the best" and trying to not binge and ruin everything. Now, I'm patient with myself. I allow myself to indulge because I know I'm going to anyways. Don't restrict yourself all day- be honest with yourself.
5) Eat your Veggies- Not only do they offer countless vitamins and minerals, they offer the most important nutrient around the holidays, fiber. Fiber from raw vegetables will keep you full and allow you to only eat until you're full. Offer to bring a veggie tray to the holiday parties and eat a small plate before the meal.
6) Stay away from the "stretchy pants"- Ah, the ones who are always there for you when you've eaten more than your stomach can handle. We all love them; however, these pants are practically an invitation to overeat. Leave the roomy pants behind and opt for skinny jeans, slim-fit suit, or a tight dress to resist going back for thirds. **Bonus- you'll look hot while doing it!
7) Water, Water, and some more Water- Hydration is key friends! Just like veggies, water keeps you full so you don't eat more than your body can handle. It also flushes out the toxins and keeps you feelin' your best! How much should you drink? Half of your body weight in ounces is what they say. So if you weigh 140 lbs, drink 70 ounces of water each day.
8) Try the "fork trick"- One thing I struggle with when it comes to eating out is knowing how much food I'm eating, and when to stop. To help gauge how much you're consuming, try this trick: Once you take a bite of food, place your fork down on the plate, and let go of the fork. Chew your food, swallow, and then pick up your fork again. The key to this trick is actually letting go of the fork. This will remind you to slow down, enjoy your food, and converse with friends and family.
9) For my IIFYM friends, add the anticipated amount of drinks you're going to have into your macro counter in the morning. That way, you can adjust your macros throughout the day to not completely throw off your plan.
10) Reduce your drink calories- Don't worry, I'm not saying to drink less. Choose light beers instead of craft beers, or if you're a huge craft beer fan, alternate between craft and light beer. Avoid sugary drinks that spike your blood pressure and cause you to crash within an hour. Click here to read my post about drinking when you're out!
In addition to these 4th of July weekend tips, I added links of some of my favorite patriotic recipes!