"I have always been overweight. When I got married, my husband and I would try to eat healthy, and we did pretty good. We would eat our fruits and veggies, didn't keep junk food in the house... but despite my exercise and attempts at healthy eating, nothing made a difference. After a couple of pregnancies, it only got worse. I finally decided I wanted to be a healthy mom, and got with my friend who I knew lived a healthy lifestyle and helped others do the same. I've lost over 50 pounds now, and am 35 pounds lighter than when I got married! I am looking forward to my goal weight, which is about 30 pounds away, and spending the rest of my life being healthy and active!
Healthy Tips for Picnic Celebrations
Holidays or any picnic holiday can cause break downs in our otherwise healthy eating plan. It is extremely important to be very aware that picnics can pack thousands of calories that we would not normally indulge in. So, what should you do?
Continue to practice your healthy eating habits on the picnic day. Do not skip meals or save calories for the "big meal". That sets you up to overeat!
Offer to bring an appetizer and side dish. That way you can guarantee their will be healthy choices for you.
Be watchful of your portions and choose NOT to have the dessert! Instead, maybe bring a box of sugar free popcicles to share with the crowd!
Make sure that you do not slack off from your daily exercise routine the day of the picnic. Try adding 10 or 15-minute brisk walks twice that day with available family members or the party-goers. Plan active activities such as croquet, bike riding, or taking a hike instead of sitting around and talking or watching TV.
If you are throwing the party, have lots of vegetables available, instead of chips only. Prepare lower fat dips and offer salsa. Explain to your guests in advance your determination to make this a healthier holiday celebration, and ask them to keep this in mind when preparing any dish they may be bringing.
Stay away from high calorie beverages such as sodas, juices, smoothies, and blended coffee drinks. There are nearly 150 calories in one 12-ounce can of soda or juice. Smoothies and coffee drinks are often 250-500 calories, excluding the whipped cream. Alcohol is packed full of calories and carbs. It can also cause you to let down your defenses and overeat or make poor food choices. All of these indulgences will kick you out of the fat burning stage and you'll have to start over (in a sense).
If the holiday party is at your house, send some of the left-overs home with your guests, especially the desserts!
Remember to eat slowly, which will help you to eat less and feel full and satisfied.
Remember to focus on "fellowship" and not on "food!"
People form habits but habits transform people! Let's Take Shape for Life! Let's transform our thinking to become choosy about what we eat. Let's make it a habit to select healthy foods as part of our "prescription for life!"