Don't worry, one day of indulging isn't going to undo all of your hard work, but that doesn't mean you should go crazy and eat everything in sight. Here are my 4 Healthy Tips for enjoying the 4th of July:
1. Drink lots of water. Before you arrive to the party, bring a 16 oz bottle of water and drink it. Before dessert, drink another 16 oz. Often times we are really thirsty and we eat instead. Try not to waste calories on sugary drinks or beer.
2. Start a healthy tradition. The City of North Port is having their 4th Annual Firecracker 5k Run this year at Dallas White Park at 7:30am. (Only $15 and you can sign up the day of!) Waking up early and walking/running 3.1 miles will surely make you feel great and think twice about what you eat the rest of the day. Ok, maybe until 11am, but still...
3. Moderation. Are those cute American Flag cupcakes haunting you? Have half of one. Still hungry? Dig into that fruit salad for something sweet and healthy. Try to use a small plate if possible.
4. Do not keep (or take home) left-overs. If those beautiful cupcakes from #3 sit in your refrigerator, you're going to eat them. (Do not "keep them for the kids." ha!) Send them home with other guests or (gasp!) throw them away. By Tuesday when you're ready to go back to the Y you'll be really grateful you did.
-Jeannine Borasch, MS in Exercise Science & Health Promotion