The upcoming long weekend will likely offer many temptations that will lure you outside the well&tight nutrition and training guidelines. It's time to overcome our previous destructive nature and stick to our healthy efforts. You are not alone. We are in this together and you'll come out of the weekend standing a little taller, looking a little leaner and feeling good that you didn't cheat...not even once!
Here are some tips to help you survive temptation:
Shop Now - Your kitchen makeover is still just as important as when you started. Take a good look in your fridge and pantry and make a list of what needs to be replenished. Plan to visit the market or grocery store before it gets too busy. Fill your fridge with nourishing snacks to reach for as that dreaded bowl of chips or plate of endless cookies heads in your direction.
Cook Ahead - If you are planning to go to a cottage or visit friends, plan to make well&tight meals that are easily heated and everyone can enjoy. Some great travel options in the well&tight recipe section are:
- Cauliflower Roasted Red Pepper Soup
- Cauliflower Coconut Rice
- Turkey Zucchini Burgers
- Curry Quinoa Salad
- Curry Cauliflower Stew
Snack Exchange - Sometimes we just need to indulge a little to take the edge off when tempting desserts make their way around the table after dinner. And there is no reason you shouldn't. Rally your crew to make a dozen or more well&tight approved desserts and divide them among yourselves so you have plenty of options to choose from.
Stay Active - When i'm at the cottage I go right into relaxation mode. The last thing I feel like doing is heading out for a run most days. Plan to get up before everyone else and get a quick run in before you get too relaxed. Put your clothes out the night before and commit to anyone that will listen of your plan. And don't underestimate the power of everyday activities. Plan one or two activities to do with your family to keep moving each day.
- Backyard Horseshoe Toss - 300 calories per hour
- Driveway Basketball - 300 calories per hour
- Moderate Cycling - Up to 600 calories per hour
- Canoeing - Up to 600 calories per hour
- Golf - 350 calories per hour if you walk
- Dance Party - 70 calories per 10 min's
Even if you are not burning a lot of calories, you are keeping those hands busy and out of the snack plates/bowls.
Hang out with well&tight Friends - This is a big one! Eating well&tight can be a lot of fun when you are surrounded by like minded friends. Challenge each other to make a new well&tight approved recipe and host a potluck BBQ together.
Bring your own food - If you are invited to friends BBQ and you know there will be limited selection for you, bring your own vegetable tray, turkey burgers and maybe a salad everyone can enjoy as well. Your host will love you and you can stick to your plan. Always have a tasty home made iced herbal tea or lemon water in your hand so you don't feel the need to drink alcohol.
Decide what you want more - Chips or leaner, stronger legs? Beer and wine or a flat tummy? Beef burger and a guilty conscience or a homemade turkey burger and a sense of pride because of your will to stick to your commitment? Keep reminding yourself of your goals and that the right choices will help you reach them sooner.