Life, liberty, and the pursuit of… barbeque food. That seems to have become the true American ideal when it comes to the holidays, especially big ones like the Fourth of July. And not just really good food, but lots and lots of it! During a time of year such as this, it’s easy to temporarily fall out of your healthy lifestyle, so it’s important to approach the holidays with a committed and informed mentality so that you’ll be able to stick to your mission of living a healthy life. However, we know how tempting it is once the grills come out, and that tiny Uncle Sam on your shoulder is telling you that just one brat couldn’t hurt… So we’re here to give you some tips on how to make saying “no” just a little easier. Here are a few tips to help you stay healthy this Fourth of July.
Watch Your Portions
It’s easy to get carried away, especially during the Fourth of July. Going back for seconds suddenly becomes going back for thirds (and maybe even fourths, keeping in spirit with the holiday). Keeping your portions light and limited is a great way to ensure you don’t go overboard this Fourth. The smell of barbeque sauce and apple pie will be strong; you just have to be stronger.
Don’t Skip Meals
While it’s important to manage the size of your portions, it’s also important not to skip meals in order to “save room for later.” Just because you skip lunch doesn’t mean you can eat twice as much barbeque at dinner. In fact, you shouldn’t be skipping lunch in the first place. Your body needs a steady and consistent income of food and nutrition throughout the day in order to keep up its energy. And between parades and backyard games, you’re going to want that stream of energy throughout the day to keep you going, which leads us to our third bit of advice…
It’s the Fourth of July, people! It’s summer, this one should be a no-brainer! Backyard games, holiday parades, days spent out on the lake- it shouldn’t be difficult to find ways to stay active this Independence Day. Get up in the morning and go for a walk with family and friends, or sign up for one of the many 5k’s and walkathons that take place each Fourth of July around the country. Of course, staying active in the hot July sun also means it’s vital that you remember to stay hydrated (check out our blog post on all the ways water can help with losing weight for more information on staying hydrated). Get family and friends involved in fun activities that keep everyone busy, entertained, and, most importantly, healthy.
The Fourth of July is a day of remembrance, celebration, family, and, yes, eating a whole lot of food. But you can still have a fun and festive Fourth while eating smart and healthy, and following these tips is a great way to keep yourself on the right track. Try making a game plan going into this holiday weekend, and making sure you stick to it. And, most importantly, have a safe and happy Fourth of July!