Happy Friday! Hope your week is coming to a productive close before this holiday weekend! Whether you celebrate Easter, Passover, or just the start of Spring I wanted to share with you my five faves for a healthy, happy weekend without going over board!
1. Incorporate a walk before you sit down for a big meal
Prior to sitting down for a big meal get in some physical activity! Not only will the walk aid in stimulating your metabolish to aid you in burning energy and calories, but if completed 30 minutes prior to a meal the physical activity will decrease the amount of sugar and fat that accumulates in your blood after your meal. Not too bad, eh?
2. Swap out the drinks for water
Oh man, isn’t it so easy to go over board with drinks when the weather gets amazing? Um, yes. You can still enjoy that drink, but try to alternate water with drinks, or better yet have a one drink that you LOVE then swap out the drink for a glass of sparkling water with some fresh fruit or mint!
3. Look for a healthier treat option
Okay, just because you’re trying to watch your diet, doesn’t mean that you can’t indulge, but just pick healthier treats! I know its often recommended that to have a tiny bite of the treat then pass, and if you can do that…you’re a superhero. For me, I know if I try a taste…I’m going to finish my plate! Instead of tempting yourself, pick a healthier treat to start! I love figs! Often having just one or two at night totally crushes my cravings, and its a much healthier option than a bunch of junk! Try to look for a healthier option to meet your sweet tooth without breaking the bank! Check out this list for a bunch of options!
4. Eat breakfast!
While it might seem like a good idea to save and “bank” your calories to splurge on a big meal, starting your day with a small, but balanced breakfast may help to decrease the amount of fat and calories you consume. Eating a meal with protein and fiber could help to decrease that HANGRY (hungry/angry) feeling, because afterall…holidays are about being with family, not trying to kill them to reach for the dessert, right? 😉
5. Know when to walk away
Yes, sad, but true, all good things must come to an end. After you’ve consumed your portion and have that “I’m full” feeling, get up and get out! I’m mean, let’s not get crazy…no one likes a dine and dash, but offer to clear your plate or help with clearing the table. By not having a plate full of left over food, you’ll decrease those second thought nibbles. Out of sight, out of mind!
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Enjoy the weather, whatever it may be!