Great Tips for Staying Healthy this Holiday Weekend

Marion Licchiello By Marion Licchiello, 29th Aug 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Labor Day Weekend is right around the corner. If you are looking for a way to still indulge but burn some extra calories or cut some unnecessary calories out of your diet...READ ON!

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

If you are on a weight loss or healthy eating plan, remember it’s okay to indulge but, if possible, stay within or around your limits. How do you treat holidays in regard to what you will or will not eat? Do you eat everything you see or do you eat in moderation? If you are health conscious or thinking of beginning a healthier lifestyle, start thinking about your food choices for this red, white and blue weekend. IT’S ALL ABOUT CHOICES!

Going to a party?

Do you tend to take a vacation from your normal healthy lifestyle on the holidays? If so, is it because you associate holidays with eating unhealthy or because you associate food with fun? Some people choose to eat more, drink more or completely drop their entire diet and/or workout routine. For a lot of us going to a Labor Day barbecue or party, we think, “I’m going to gain weight.” We already prepare our mind to eat everything and anything. Why is that? I believe it’s because that is what most of us learned as children (not on purpose) and still feel that way throughout adulthood.

Some questions to ask yourself this Labor Day Weekend:

•Do you intend to take in more calories?
•If you follow Weight Watchers, will you choose to save your points for the splurge meals?
•If following a calorie restricted plan, will you save your calories for specific meals?
•Will you eat foods that you normally wouldn’t eat?
There is no right or wrong answers. It’s what works for you. Sometimes thinking about your choices ahead of time will ease the guilt afterward.

Here are some ideas if you are going to be at a barbecue or party. At almost any event you attend this weekend it is possible there will be plenty of the following:

•Red meats (hamburgers, steaks), hot dogs, etc
•Salads (unhealthy ones, meaning made with a lot of mayonnaise such as potato, macaroni, coleslaw)
•Chips and dip
•Candy & other goodies
•Yummy desserts (Red, White & Blue)

There are a number of things you can choose to do.

•Not worry about calorie counts for one day (but plan it ahead of time)
•Bring your our own proteins or vegetables to throw on the barbecue (most people understand if you are sticking to a healthy eating plan and respect it – and if they don’t then it’s just too bad.)
•If you are a vegan or vegetarian bring some of your own foods to be sure and/or let the hosts know ahead of time.
•Eat a very light breakfast and/or lunch/dinner and save your calories or points for your indulgence.
•Be there for the company, mingling and camaraderie, not the food.
•Eat above and beyond what you normally would and then take a very long walk and encourage others to do the same.
•Fill up on the salads, vegetables and healthier foods first.
•If you are going to attend more than one weekend event – Eat and drink whatever you want at one of them then go back to healthful choices at the others.
•Eat whatever you want throughout the weekend but in moderation, and count calories. This works best for me.
•If you already workout and you are able, continue to follow your daily workout routine, maybe even a little more than usual, then you’ll be able to eat a little more.
Remember, you are in control of your destiny, weight, eating, working out, mind and body. You get the results you put into a healthy lifestyle. Choose to make the right choices for YOU.


There’s nothing wrong with indulging for the holidays, it’s just a matter of doing it in moderation. If you are someone who needs to indulge because you are out of your element or you simply think you deserve it, then go right ahead. If you are someone who is just thrown off your routine and it’s hard for you to stick to a new one then read on; but for both, like anything else, put a limit on it. Again, there is no right or wrong, it’s what works for you!

Burn some extra calories

•Play with the kids or grandkids
•Take a bicycle ride (alone, with the family, with one other person)
•Take a hike (If someone tells you to “Go Take A Hike” this 4h of July weekend say “Okay, thank you. “I’ll go burn some extra calories” (Now that’s turning a negative into a positive.)
•Take a walk (with – your dog, alone, with family, friends, one other person)
•Play Frisbee
•Play badminton
•Do some gardening
•Turn up the music and get people to dance at the party
•Pick something you love to do and go burn some extra calories for the weekend

Have fun!

Most of all...Have fun! Stay safe - relax if possible and enjoy your family and/or friends.

Remember - Anything is possible in life!!!!!! I added that in for someone who is reading this. I'm not sure who - but I felt as if it needed to be added. So, the person who this is meant for and you know who you are; anything is possible if you believe!!


Balance, Eating Healthy, Eating On Holidays, Healthy Eating, Holidays, Labor Day

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author avatar Marion Licchiello
My life mission is to help others to achieve their goals & create the life of their dreams by sharing my experiences with them. I believe in "The Law of Attraction" & manifestation.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
31st Aug 2011 (#)

Great tips, Mar. Nice article.

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author avatar Marion Licchiello
1st Sep 2011 (#)

Thanks Sheila

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
1st Sep 2011 (#)

Most of these tips are also useful as everyday routines if practiced for a hale and healthy living.

Thanks for the good compilation.

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author avatar Marion Licchiello
1st Sep 2011 (#)


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