Monday, May 22, 2017

Menu Monday - 5 Tips for Family Gatherings

Hello All,

This week is a strange one for us since we will actually be with family for the majority of Memorial Day and not making family dinners Thursday - Monday!  So this week I'll share our mini menu and then my top five tips for leading a healthy lifestyle with family gatherings and all those tempting delicious foods!

Monday: Pepperoni Pizza
Tuesday: Grilled Cheese Sloppy Joes
Wednesday: Left Overs
Thursday - Sunday: Eating with family

So here are my five strategies for family holidays centered around food:

  1. Use a Small Plate - When you have all this delicious food infront of you that you don't normally get on a regular basis, it is very easy to over eat.  Using a smaller plate helps you keep your portions down so you can still enjoy the tasty treats, just not as much of them.
  2. Make Your Own Breakfast - If you're staying the night at a family members, get up a little early and make your own breakfast.  This will help to curve you away from eating those donuts someone decided to go pick-up or eating that bowl of cereal someone offers you.
  3. Be Active - Just because you're surrounded by family and watching a lot of TV/Movies doesn't mean you should still do some physical activity.  Go for a walk, do a brief version of your normal workout, even check out the local gym since they typically have a daily fee you can pay being an out-of-towner.
  4. Get Fresh Vegetables - Make a trip to the local grocery store and buy some vegetables to get you through the trip. You can add veggies to your breakfasts and lunches to help with filler and to make sure you're still eating healthy vitamin rich food.
  5. Drink Water - I think this is always a go-to for staying healthy whether you're at home or traveling.  If you can keep up on your water intake it will keep you hydrated which is super important to not over-eating. A common side effect of dehydration is hunger, so you'll end up eating when you really should be drinking.
You can also check out my post "Keeping in Control During the Holidays" which highlights 10 things to also help you avoid putting on too many extra pounds during vacations, holiday's and family get togethers.

What are some of your tips and tricks to stay healthy during family gatherings?

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