There are many holidays throughout the year that bring families and friends together to celebrate. This means endless amounts of comfort food, drinks and traditions. Great, right? Right! Parties and gatherings don't have to be a reason for you to derail and go off program or an excuse for you to stay home and hide in your organic bubble. Here are 4 simple strategies for surviving the 4th this year while maintaining your healthy and fit lifestyle.
1. Never go to a party hungry: I am putting this one first because it's definitely the most important. You are only setting yourself up for failure as the tables of food and drink will literally talk to you as soon as you arrive. Plus, if you decide to have a drink on an empty stomach? You will be non-stop munching all night. Have a hearty snack about 60 to 90 minutes before and it'll be smooth sailing. An apple with almond butter, shake, or 2 hardboiled eggs are all great options. Focus on protein with a little bit of fat and you will be able to make better choices at the picnic.
2. 1 for 1: Speaking of drinks, for every alcoholic beverage you consume, have a glass of water or seltzer with lime in between. This will help you stay hydrated, monitor how many drinks you're actually having and also feel a lot better the next day. Plus, with the lime no one will even know you are the smartest one at the party.
3. Be the activity coordinator: Most of the time when people get together they end up sitting around, eating and drinking their faces off. Which can be fun and entertaining in and of itself. But why not add some games and activities to the BBQ? Set up a volleyball net, flag football game, or even charades. Not only does this get everyone up, moving and laughing, but it takes all the focus off of the food and drink alone. Fun and friendly competition beats the hell out of french fries and foot long hot dogs.
4. Practice staying mindful: Ask yourself - what does this holiday really mean? When we take a step back and really think about it, the answers are astounding. We are gathering on the 4th of July as a celebration of independence, our nation's birthday and that we are all "family" who takes pride in our country. Let us focus on the freedom we have as citizens of the Unites States and celebrate all of the wonderful opportunities that we are presented with each day.
I know the week ahead is filled with tons of celebrations for a lot of people, so I hope that these suggestions make it just a little bit easier for you to find ways that satisfy your need to party. Remember all it really comes down to is finding the balance that works for you. Happy 4th of July!
"Celebrate we will, for life is short but sweet for certain." DMB
In Love & Liberty,