Labor Day weekend, like most holidays, is a time during which we can make excuses galore to eat poorly and let ourselves go. Fall is about to begin and I’d like to start you all on a healthy track now. I was at the farmer’s market yesterday and though I was there to buy salad, vegetables, and fruit staples, I could not help but eye the fried shrimp and zucchini sticks, muffins, pies, and breads. I almost lost my self-control and grabbed a couple of these unhealthy foods, especially when a man sang the praises of the zucchini sticks and their sauce. When I looked up from my basket and saw him, I realized the guy was a rotund fellow about 40lbs overweight, and told myself, I’ve had tried this stuff before, it tastes okay but really not fabulous (my healthy foods scores much higher on the taste scale), and is definitely not worth the calories and fat. I am away for four days and eating fried and baked foods in addition to indulging in other bad habits, could definitely expand my waistline. The same goes for you so keep the tips below in mind to make your Labor Day weekend healthy.
1. Don’t eat hors d’hoeuvres.
2. Choose one night on which to drink alcohol (two glasses is plenty).
3. Grill fish and vegetables, not burgers, hot dogs, ribs…etc.
4. Make healthy and simple sauces and dressings. Scratch the BBQ concoction and other heavy choices with which you flavor your foods and use salt and pepper, spices, lemon, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil as healthy alternatives.
5. Treat yourself to an indulgent dessert one night but otherwise stick with low-calories ones on the others.
6. Don’t let other people persuade you to join them in indulging their weaknesses.