During the summer barbecues are a part of the American culture, especially during Holiday weekends such as Labor Day! Unfortunately what comes along with these BBQ's is a lot of bad eating and heavy drinking. Here are 8 healthy tips to keep you on track to a healthy lifestyle.
Healthy Tip #1: Workout on the day of your BBQ. Try to get at least 30 minutes of cardio in before the event. This will boost your metabolism for the day and burn some extra calories.
Healthy Tip #2: Avoid eating meat. I know this one will be hard for most but by avoiding meat you will decrease your unhealthy fat in take by a LOT. Great substitutes are portobello mushrooms in your burger instead of a beef patty or use a garden veggie patty (look at the ingredients on these).
Healthy Tip #3: Use whole wheat buns or better yet a lettuce wrap and load your mushroom burger with veggies such as tomatoes, lettuce and any veggie you like.
Healthy Tip #4: Avoid using a ton of condiments.
Healthy Tip #5: Skip the heavy sides. By heavy I mean the potato, macaroni salads, baked beans and sour cream. Instead fill your plate with fruits, veggies and green salad along with a little guacamole (watch your portion size on this but it is a healthy fat!). Salsa is a great substitute for some of this stuff.
Healthy Tip #6: For snacking foods instead of regular chips, get baked chips or pita chips. An even better choice is a mix of nuts and seeds.
Healthy Tip #7: Try to avoid dessert altogether if you can, however, I know this can be hard after all it is a party! So if you are feeling you need a little treat, keep it small don't over do it, moderation is the key. If you plan ahead make or buy a healthy dessert option. You can also opt for a nice fruit dessert, this would be your best option.
Healthy Tip #8: Obviously the healthy option is to not drink alcohol at all, but again this is a party and we need to be realistic. Stick to low sugar drinks and low calorie light beers. Drink plenty of water before, during and after the party. This will help with your hang overs as well as keep your system hydrated and able to flush out toxins.
The morning after the party hydrate well and avoid eating. Seriously avoid eating anything except a small amount of fruit (fruit helps with the elimination process as well as gives you lots of vitamins and minerals your body may be depleted of) and just drink water. When we feast we then must fast. Allow your body to fast a while before pushing more food into your system. This will give your body the ability to "shuffle" through all the debris and focus on using up and getting rid of the waste from all the nights extravaganza. If we eat heavy we then need to give the body a break from digesting food. This is a great option for times like these. Parties and celebrations are a part of every culture and to deny and restrict yourself every time you go to a party...how is this enjoying life?
By adding in a handful of these tips and allowing the body to fast the next morning our bodies can handle and are made to deal with a certain amount of "debris". Remember to form a lifestyle around being healthy...don't diet and restrict, form good lifestyle habits that allow you to enjoy life!
We hope everyone enjoys their Holiday weekend, stay safe and be healthy!