I totally stepped out of my comfort zone this morning. I got up, grabbed a cup of coffee (still haven’t made a final decision on that one!), and headed over to the gym for a Saturday morning barre class. By myself. If you know me at all, you know this is huge. First off, I haven’t taken a weekend fitness class in over two years. I’ve never taken one alone. Yup, I put my big girl pants on and did both of those things today. I’m so full of myself this morning, I can’t even stand it. I feel like a real life grown up.
You know what sucks about going to a class alone? No fun gym pictures. I can’t be the only one who likes full on photoshoots at the gym, right? I know I should be embarrassed about that, but I have to admit that I’m not. Whoops.
I grabbed lunch on the way home from Einstein Bagels. Um. Ryne said his was awesome, but mine over overpowering. It tasted like a straight up mushroom fart. (To answer your question, no, I’ve never tasted a mushroom fart.) Anyway, I ended up pulling all of the nasty mushrooms off and tossing them. It was better, but dang, the shroom-egg ratio was way off. I don’t even want to show a picture of this thing because I don’t want to be reminded of it. Blech.
Then we found a dog in the yard! This has been a random day to say the least.
I sat in the driveway with her while Maddux napped in hopes that the owners would drive around looking for her. Eventually, she was returned home. To our neighbors’ house. This little girl hadn’t made it far from home at all. PS: Yes, that’s our video monitor smashed to hell sitting there with us. My bad.
I ended up sitting out in my bathing suit to trying to get some sun at the same time. If you think that’s strange, I also wear it when I do yard work (desperate housewife style). That’s weird, isn’t it? I don’t like to think of it that way, though. I like to think of it as really good multitasking. I already get tan lines from running outside. I don’t want them from pulling weeds, too. The more I describe my life to y’all, the more ridiculous I probably sound. I swear it all makes sense in my head.
Speaking of bathing suits, how many of y’all will be wearing one on the 4th? (Yep, I just awkwardly segued into the last little thing I wanted to talk about today. I have really got to get better at transitioning from one topic to the next.)
The other day, I shared some delicious, easy, and healthy Fourth of July recipes. As I was typing it up, I also realized that many people aren’t actually in charge of throwing the party. What do you do if you don’t have as much control in the planning? You get smart! The following are some simple tips on how to eat healthily at a barbeque. These tips are great across the board, not just on the Fourth. Happy eating! 🙂
Get Your H2O On
One of the most important things you can do, especially at outdoor barbeques, is to stay hydrated. You’ll feel better, fuller, and more satisfied. Also, by guzzling the good stuff, you’ll be less tempted by sodas and other sugary drinks. If you’re like me, you will be partaking in the alcoholic selection, though! That’s okay, just remember to continue drinking water throughout the day. It will keep you from partying a little too much.
I don’t mean sit around. I’m talking vegetables, here! Load your plate up with colorful veggies first. Carrots, celery, and other crunchy veggies make the perfect vessels for your favorite dips. I’m not saying you can’t have chips, I’m just saying start off with nature’s dippers first. You’ll be getting essential nutrients while preventing yourself from overdoing it on the heavier stuff.
Keep it Lean
If you eat meat, keep it on the leaner side. Seafood, such as fish, shrimp, or scallops are probably your best bet. Whatever you choose to eat, just make sure it’s the leanest possible cut you can find at the party. Keep your portion to about the size of your palm to help keep you in check.
Ditch the Skin
Along that same note, ditch the skin. If you’re eating chicken, peel it off and chunk it. You don’t need it, and if the chicken has been properly prepared, you won’t miss it. The skin contains unnecessary calories and fat, and can also be loaded up with grease. It’s a simple way to save yourself a belly ache, too.
Avoid the Salad Trap
For a lot of people salad=safe. That could not be further from the truth, though. Potato salad, pasta salad, and even salads with leafy greens can be total calorie bombs. One of the main culprits in these situations is mayo, but other heavy spreads and oils can be hiding in your salad, too. Even the most seemingly innocent salad can be loaded with unnecessary extras. Be mindful of the ingredients of whatever salads you choose, and enjoy them wisely.
Bring a Dish
The safest choice for any barbeque attendee is to bring something healthy you know you will enjoy. It’s easy to get sucked into the “well, there’s isn’t anything healthy here” trap. That can cause you to go to town on anything and everything, just because there aren’t many options. Save yourself the trouble and bring something healthy that you love! These healthy barbeque recipes would be perfect!
Make smart choices with your portions. If you have trouble, just remember these simple tips: a palm for protein, a fist for starches, and a small handful for nuts. Most of the portion control tips I’ve seen include vegetables and fruits in the fist size category, but I say eat as much of those as you want! If all else fails, though, limit yourself to one or two small plates. Some people need to set boundaries for themselves and that’s okay. Do what works for you!
Take a Seat
Make a plate and sit down to eat. If you’re constantly hovering around the food, you’ll be constantly shoveling it into your mouth. It’s as simple as that. I don’t want to even think about all the mindless eating I’ve done around the buffet. That stuff adds up quickly! Oh, and don’t even get me started on “tastes” from other people’s plates. I am notorious for cleaning my plate and then starting on Ryne or Maddux’s meals.
One of the most important tips, in my opinion, is to make choices based on what you want. Don’t deprive yourself but don’t over do it, either. If you really love one of the desserts, skip the others. It’s not about ignoring the foods you love, it’s about choosing which ones you actually want. Do you really need to try every single potato salad, or would one suffice? I think we all know the answer to that one.
After you eat, get up and play! Take advantage of the fact that you’re outside and get some exercise. Throw the football, take a walk… you know the drill. Have some FUN! Isn’t hanging out with people the real reason you’re having a barbeque in the first place? 😉
Question 1: How do you enjoy summer barbeques without feeling like you have to curl up and take a nap afterwards? 😉
Question 2: Do you wear your bathing suit for things other than swimming? (Make me feel normal here, please.)