Grill-outs, beach days, parades—these all sound fun to your family, but to you, they sound like a stressful day on your diet. How will you nutritionally navigate through all the junk foods, beer, and sugary treats on display during the upcoming holiday weekend?
If you’re starting to stress out about Memorial Day, that may be a sign of a pothole in your health strategy—one that could sabotage your health journey altogether. Below, I’ll help you address this issue, and share 5 practical tips to help you have a healthy and happy holiday weekend.
Healthy, long-lasting weight loss and fitness is all about creating balance in your life. Our diets need to be flexible enough that they allow us to keep on living life fully! Your health journey should never turn into a battle between dieting and delighting in life.
When we become so focused on our weight loss goals that a 3-day weekend scares us, it’s time to take a deep breath, step back, and make some mental adjustments. If this is your struggle, write this motto down and bring it with you on vacation:
One meal, one day, or even one weekend will not knock me off my health path.
You don’t want to throw in the towel on your health journey just because of some days off track. I’m sure you know from past experience that ignoring your health, even for a short time, can leave you feeling bloated and sluggish. So what’s the solution?
On holiday weekends, shift your focus from weight-loss to well-being. When you grab for a snack, don’t ask yourself “do these chips put me over my calorie limit for today?” Ask “will these chips give me energy to be present for my day with the family or with it leave me feeling crummy?”
If you want to feel your best this weekend, shift your mindset from weight loss to well-being, and stick with these five practical tips.
Protein is your best macro friend on long weekends. It’s the key macronutrient that helps your body metabolize fat. It fills you up, and it keeps you full for a long time. Plus, when you eat protein at the top of a meal, it keeps your blood sugar and insulin—the #1 fat-storing hormone—from spiking after the meal.
Put your body in a healthier place during the holiday with these three protein practices:
Holiday foods are full of carbs and fats. The Memorial Day menu features potato salad, grilled corn, fruit salads, cookies, mac-and-cheese, and big burger buns. With a little forward-thinking, though, you can maintain balanced macronutrients throughout the day.
Protein needs to be eaten in increments. But carbs and fats are the two macronutrients you can hold off on and spend later. By banking your carbs and fats throughout the day, you’ll have much more freedom to eat the foods you want to enjoy later on rather than denying yourself of them. Here’s how:
Fat-burning requires good hydration. Without water, our bodies struggle to metabolize fat. Dehydration also increases hunger and revs up unhealthy cravings. So stay hydrated the whole weekend with these simple steps:
Calorie counting can become your ball and chain, especially during the holidays. Don’t stress about going over your calories for a few days. When your lifestyle is healthy, a few days away from your nutrition app won’t matter. Try out these tips so you don’t become crippled with calorie-counting.
I saved the most important tip for last. Our lives revolve around weekends, holidays, events, and vacations for a reason! Breaks from work and routine provide a chance to bond with loved ones and experience new and exciting activities. These times shouldn’t be obstacles but opportunities!
Holiday weekends don’t have to compete with your health goals. You can have the best of both worlds, and live what I like to call a “health-full” life. Try it this weekend:
This holiday weekend, prioritize protein, bank your carbs and fats, and drink lots of water. Don’t stress out about going over your calorie limit in the upcoming days, and give yourself lots of grace.
We both know that we want to look back on this weekend and see ourselves laughing and enjoying time with friends and family. You’re worth more than your waistline!
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