Fourth of July is just around the corner. BBQ! Pool time! Tiny hot dogs on toothpicks! Well, if you’re working on nutrition goals, the fourth of July can just feel like a day of temptation and frustration. But it doesn’t have to be that way! With these few strategies, you can enjoy America’s birthday and stay on track with your nutrition goals.
Be Confident and Proud – Holidays are tricky since family and friends often feel the need to question your goals. “It’s just for today!” “What could it hurt?” “Why aren’t you eating my fried pickles?” “You will break my heart if you don’t have some of my mac and cheese!” Unfortunately, it can be tough to stick to your guns with Aunt Shirley hijacking your plate. Be polite, but be confident and proud of your goals. There’s nothing to be ashamed of in prioritizing your health!
Eat Before You Go – The fourth has become all about eating & drinking - so it might feel ridiculous to eat before you are supposed to go to eat. When you skip meals on a holiday, you might feel so hungry by the time you arrive that you overeat, so it’s good to come satisfied. Another helpful tip is to change the way you think about the holiday. Remember it’s not all about the food! It’s a day to spend quality time with family and friends.
Pass on the Bread – Bread is not the enemy, but during big events it can be easy to fill up on buns, crackers, and such. Go bunless when choosing the burger and hotdogs, and focus on the veggies and fruit platters!
Bring Your Own Dish – Come prepared with your own tasty, healthy dish like stuffed zucchini boats or spaghetti squash with meatballs that provide incredible flavor and nutrition! Use AVA for meal recommendations to bring for the whole party!