Summer Holiday Tips For Healthy Eating

Summertime is finally upon us!  Holiday Eating can be a major threat for Weight Management and the 4th of July is no exception.  Beat the heat with smart servings and remain mindful of your sugar intake while enjoying all of the fireworks and festivities.  It is important to be cognizant of what is being consumed; however don’t obsess about it or let in run your mind rampant.  Be in the moment and enjoy the laughter in the summer breeze…. Here are four profound tips for sensible eating while celebrating with family and friends this year!

Summer Holiday Eating Tip #1
If grilling meat, eliminate store bought barbecue sauce and try using different rubs such as jerk seasoning, lemon/garlic/pepper or make a marinade using fresh herbs and, Tabasco and vinegar.  Why consider this?  There are about 70 calories in 2 tablespoons of barbecue sauce.  By eating a few pieces of poultry or other meat drenched in barbecue sauce the calorie count could add up to over 300!  Use fresh, organic citruses and experiment with some fun rubs and sauces this summer!

Summer Holiday Eating Tip #2
Reduce your calorie consumption by forgoing the typical sides of potato salad and macaroni and cheese.  Instead, introduce a variety of vegetables to the menu.  Vegetables such as corn on the cob, different types of peppers, asparagus, zucchini and broccoli, are great on the grill.  Add a green leafy salad with olive oil and vinegar to make the menu colorful and healthy.  Why consider this?  The average plate at a barbecue is 2,000 calories (3 pieces of chicken with sauce, potato salad, macaroni and cheese, corn on the cob, chips, bread, etc.) and most people consume more than 1 full plate in a day.  YIKES!

Summer Holiday Eating Tip #3
If guests want something to drink with a little punch, make a pitcher of berry and citrus spritzer using strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries mixed with a dry rose wine, seltzer, and slices of oranges and limes for a good fruity drink that is also packed full of nutrients.  This is a great substitute for hard alcoholic beverages that could add up in calories when mixed with sodas, juices or mixes.  Why consider this?  There are about 70 calories in an ounce of hard liquor (vodka, cognac).  By mixing 3 ounces of hard liquor with 4 ounces of cranberry juice, or the like, you’re looking at about 270 calories in just 1 small mixed drink.  Drink responsibly!

Summer Holiday Eating Tip #4
Add physical activities, games and sports into the holiday planning.  Grab the balls for a friendly competitive game of baseball, basketball or soccer.  Get everyone up for a tug of war, losers have to clean up.  Consider a scavenger hunt at a local park or nature trail that allows everyone to breathe in some fresh air while connecting with mother Earth.  DANCE to some festive music and let your body get loose…. Why consider this?  The best way to burn off calories is to get up, get out and get moving.  Exercise does the mind, body and spirit good.

By making healthy eating a conscious choice s,especially during the holidays, this can and will lead to healthier lifestyle traditions that can be passed down to future generations.  May the 4th Be With You!  😉 
Guest Author: Lena Kelly is a transformational life coach and motivational speaker. She has been helping others find their voice and pursue their passion by encouraging them to step boldly into the life they deserve.  By providing one on one coaching, support groups and motivational workshops, she has witnessed and been the catalyst for some of the most amazing life transformations among women of all ages and walks of life. With her compassionate spirit, positive energy and attentive listening, she provides an environment for openness and personal growth without judgment. Lena is the founder of Empowerment House for Women, where she and her daughters host workshops, seminars, retreats, wellness training and promote holistic living.  Her workshops “Step Into Your Greatness” and “Kick Your Bucket List Into Action” uses vision boards, goal setting, self empowerment tools, and retreats to help women address their fears, heal the past, and unleash their power to fulfill their dreams. These interactive workshops, seminars, and retreats are informative, fun and promote camaraderie among the participants.  |