Sunday, July 2, 2017

Summer Picnic Survival Guide

Let's be honest, I could have titled this: "How to not overeat 365 days a year" ;-)  I struggle with my nutrition more than anything else.  I don't mind getting up early and working out.  I will whine but I love going for a run.  I also LOVE to EAT, but my body doesn't respond well when I eat everything in sight.  The summer months bring picnics, holiday celebrations, and vacations....all with delicious, sometimes not so good for you, treats.

I thought I'd share my tips and tricks for enjoying the picnics and still fitting into your pants at the end of the night :-)   Note:  I am not a nutritionist, just someone who has found these tips through trial and error in creating Healthy Habits.  Take them for what they are worth!

Before the event:
1.  Exercise - don't complicate this step.  Keep it simple - go for a walk, press play on a 30 minute workout, play outside with your kids, ride a bike.  Do something to get your heart rate up and the blood pumping and oxygen flowing to your brain - so it'll help you make wise decisions later when choosing your food ;-).  You can find 100's of workouts on Beachbody On Demand.  Workouts range from 10 minutes - 90 minutes, with weights and without, low impact to high intensity - the possibilities are endless.  You can try it for FREE for 14 days, so you can be ready for the 4th of July if you sign up today!

2.  Drink your Shakeology - I will have a shake while I drive to a picnic or about 30 minutes before if I'm hosting.   You'll find that you will be full and not running to the food table as soon as you get there.  It's a great way to make sure that at least 1 meal that day is full of nutrients and vitamins that your body needs to be healthy.

3. Plan your meal - if you're hosting, you have the option to create a few dishes that are healthier options for you and your guests.  You can't stop what other people bring, but you can make sure there is something good for you!  If you're not hosting, then try to decide what foods you will eat and stick to that plan the best you can.

During the event:
1.  Fill your plate with veggies and fruit first.  Don't nibble on the chips and cookies, nibble on fresh vegetables and hummus or if you must have ranch, a small amount :-)

2.  Choose the leanest meat option or take a piece with you and ask them to grill it for you.  If it's a close friend or family, they won't mind helping you stay on track with your healthy habits.  

3.  Skip the bun!  If you can't resist the hamburger or cheeseburger, then have it without the bun.  Add lettuce, tomato, avocado, onion - it'll taste just as good and you'll feel better by the end of the evening.

4.  Drink WATER!  If you must consume alcohol, which I'm not opposed to at all, make sure you are also drinking water.  In between drinks, make yourself drink 8oz of water.   Especially if it's an outside picnic and the sun is beating down.  Stay hydrated.

5.  Try a healthier cocktail....I will add a splash of vodka to a LaCroix water - it's refreshing and without all the guilt.  I haven't tried any of these, but here are some recipes you might find useful.

6.  Move away from the food tables!  Instead of standing within reach of the food tables, go play with the kids, go for a walk, or sit far away from the food :-)  Don't make it easy to reach out and snack.

7.  This one is the most important...ENJOY!  Have fun, just don't indulge so much that you feel unhappy and gross the next day.  If it's a food that you can have everyday, then skip it.  Make this a special event - choose smaller portions so you can have a sample of the foods you want.

I hope you find these helpful and if you have some to add, please comment below!  I'd love to hear how you stay focused with your healthy habits on special occasions!

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