16 Jan Tips and Tricks for a Healthy, Happy and Fun Weekend
You can tone down the unhealthy food/ bad habits and still pump up the fun on the weekend! People usually go into the weekend feeling tired, drained and exhausted from work, family stuff and other activities. So, what typically happens?
I’m sure you can answer this pretty easily – people order pizza, they stop at McDonald’s or they go out to eat and order a meal that easily has 1,000 calories in it. (For example, a cheese enchilada plate with rice, refried beans, chips and salsa is around 1,500 calories!) Sound familiar? It doesn’t have to be that way! You can still enjoy your weekend while eating tasty, healthy and nutritious food!
Why is it so much easier to eat healthy during the week? Ideas? Anyone? Anyone?
Well, since I can’t hear you out there in Cyberspace I’ll go ahead and tell you…People tend to plan their week out. They stick to a schedule, they get up at the same time each day, eat breakfast, pack their lunch, etc. It’s easier to make healthy choices when you stick to a routine!
Then the weekend comes…Woo hoo! TGIF and all that, right? It’s time to let down your hair, put on those high heels, drink and eat a bunch of empty calories. Maybe you are on the go, bouncing from one kid’s soccer to game to the other’s baseball game. Maybe you are trying to squeeze in a bunch of errands on the weekend that you didn’t get to during the week. It just seems easier to grab a greasy hot dog at your kid’s game or grab a hamburger at the drive through on your way to WalMart. Makes sense, right?
WRONG! These are just excuses. If you can plan your meals during the week, make healthy decisions and stick to it why does the weekend have to be different? It doesn’t!
Okay, so at this point you probably want me to stop jabbering and just tell you how to have a healthy, happy and fun weekend without all the added calories, without having to unbutton that top button on your jeans and without having to feel completely guilty come Monday morning when you step on that scale and realize you gained back the 2 lbs you lost the previous week.
There are TWO…that’s right, only TWO things you need to keep in mind to be successful every day of the week!
- Forget about diets. They don’t work! Healthy eating does!
- Healthy eating doesn’t mean deprivation! On the contrary! It’s all about fueling your body with nutrient-dense, whole foods, minimally processed foods! It’s about eating a well-balanced diet!
- Do you need a chocolate fix? Great! Make a healthy version of your favorite chocolate cake (see the post: I Need a Chocolate Fix for more ideas).
- Do you want some nachos? No problem! Make them paleo style – use homemade sweet potato fries or chips, add meat of your choice and toppings.
- See what I mean? I’m not telling you to eat lettuce and celery all day. I’m just telling you to eat HEALTHY! To make HEALTHY choices!
- Prepare, prepare, prepare! This is the KEY! Plus – bonus – it saves you money!
- If you know you are going to be running around all day, pack a bunch of healthy snacks and throw them in your purse! (grapes, carrots, homemade trail mix, banana, hard-boiled eggs, cheese stick, etc). It’s important to prepare the night before! Have everything packed and ready to go so all you need to do is grab it before you dart out the door!
- If you know you are going to be spending the majority of the afternoon at the baseball field watching your kid’s game, take a picnic! Pack a salad in Tupperware, pack hummus and veggies to dip, make a fruit salad, make sandwiches on 100% whole wheat bread and use mustard instead of mayo or ketchup.
Do you have any other tips or tricks you use throughout the weekends to stay on track? Comment and share with us!
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