Celebrating Memorial Day

It's Memorial Day weekend!!!!!! Most people have the day off work Monday and celebrate with family get togethers and ...foooood! πŸ˜€ so what are some things you can do to stay on track?

1) Never miss a Monday.

Make sure you still get your workout in! Just because it's a holiday doesn't mean you take a holiday on your health! (Unless you've rescheduled your rest day which is also a great option!!) You don't have to sweat it out for an hour and a half at the gym - get a solid 20-30 minute workout in before your celebrations. If you need a program, I'm happy to recommend some!

2) Choose the best foods.

Thankfully with warm weather there are often healthy choices like burgers or hotdogs (skip the buns!) lots of fruit salads (go for fresh (not covered in pudding or creams) and grilled veggies! Choose from what's available, and be willing to say no to foods outside of your goals.
3) Prepare

If you are the one hosting, woohoo! You can choose to make all healthy foods. I never compromise my own standards when I have guests. What I eat is delicious and there is no reason for me to buy or make anything I wouldn't normally eat myself.
If you are GOING to someone's house and know there might not be many choices for you, or perhaps dinner is covered but you are tempted with the treats you know will be there, make your own! No one ever complains if you make an extra dessert to share. This way you know there is a treat you can eat without the guilt!

4) Enjoy yourself. 

This shouldn't be a stressful process. The goal (overall) is to get AWAY from negative feelings towards food and a restrictive-starve-binge-guilt cycle!!!! The last thing I want is for you to transfer those feelings to your healthy choices. Know what your goals are - know what your limits are. Then be prepared to follow them. If you are someone who allows yourself a treat once a week then plan around this being your treat! If you are someone who is more strict, bring some of your own options. If you aren't sure but want to feel prepared, keep a snack bar (I like LARA) in your purse...the goal is to plan. It doesn't have to be stressful, just know what your goals are are go from there!

And just for fun, I've compiled a delicious sample menu for you to use:

Finally....If you overdo it on Memorial Day - don't worry about it :) If you have a good workout program going and you are eating healthy the rest of the time, one day won't throw you off track!