Labor Day is here—and if you’re heading to a holiday party or barbecue, you can still stay on track with your diet and enjoy yourself. Here are a few tips for enjoying your holiday without overdoing it—recommended by your favorite nutrition and mindset coach.
I know we mention this often, but we cannot stress it enough, especially on holiday weekends and when the heat is on. That’s because hydration is a critical part of health and weight loss. Often times, we mistake thirst for hunger, so if you stay hydrated, you’re not going to eat mindlessly because you think you’re hungry when you’re not. Water helps fill you up and flushes the toxins from your system, so drink lots this weekend to help you stay on track.
Are any of the guests playing a sport at the party you’re going to? If so, join in and burn some extra calories. If it’s at the beach, go for a swim, surf or play volleyball if that’s the game of choice. If you’re hitting a more formal event, take a walk before you get ready. PRO TIP: Go the extra mile and schedule a workout for the morning. It can be a gym or home workout, exercise class, jog in the park—it doesn’t matter what it is, just get it in. Think like an athlete, warrior or just someone who prioritizes their health and fitness.
Bring a healthy dish to contribute to the spread. That way, you’ll know there is at least one thing on the table you can eat that is healthy and won’t sabotage your diet. Create options for yourself and other guests. If you suspect there will be lots of carbs on the table, bring something low-carb. Or if you know a delicious dessert recipe that is gluten-free and low in sugar, bring that.
Grilling is one of your healthiest options when it comes to barbecues, as it keeps fat to a minimum without sacrificing taste. If it’s your own shindig, be sure to grill up lean protein sources such as skinless chicken breasts, vegetable skewers, salmon or lean turkey burgers. If it’s someone else’s party and the event is casual, ask if you can bring some items for the grill. Make a healthy marinade and bring your own lean protein!
Pass on the fattening potato salad made with mayo and other fattening sauces and condiments. You’ll save so many calories and won’t miss much. Consider spices and herbs to add flavor and beneficial antioxidants to the meal.
As a nutrition and mindset coach, I can help you implement these tips into habits and learn how to master your mind to help you navigate everything from cravings and triggers to employing self-control yet still having fun at holiday soirees.