Labor Day is here . . . the last summer holiday, the last hurrah, the last legal vacation until “the Holidays!” If you’re like a lot of folks, you like to live it up; get-togethers with family and friends, eating, drinking and enjoying this wonderful day which by the way is observed on the first Monday in September that acknowledges American workers.
Most Americans enjoy Labor Day festivities with eating but then there are other events such as the Cleveland Air Show, outdoors activities with the family, and area parks and recreation events; traveling tends to wane a bit at the end of the summer. The important thing here is quality time with family and friends. That being said we all tend to relax and let go of the restrictions that may bind us during the week. At the end of the day, you may have been festive but you more than likely may feel gluttonous afterwards! If you don’t want to feel “fat” after Labor Day or any other holiday, take heed to maintaining, or practice, healthy eating and drinking by substituting some key dishes and drinks that will leave you feeling great – or normal, the morning after!
Here are some tips, according to esquire.com article “Eat Like a Man” (8/2011), that you can use:
- “Use leaner meats. Instead of grilling up ribeyes, sausages, and burgers, pick up a leaner cut of meat to cut out the saturated fat.” Choose chicken breast or beef tenderloin.
- Flavor with Herbs and Spices, Not Fat. Lean cuts are sometimes criticized for lacking flavor, but rubbing the meat with herbs and spices overcomes the problem.
- Add More Acid. Rather than relying on sugary sauces and fatty marinades, throw in some vinegars and citrus juices, minimizing the oil content.
- Try grilling Fish. Seafood is a great change of pace at a barbecue
- Give Up Some Grill Space to Vegetables— zucchini, eggplant, peppers, and onions all make good choices. They can even be grilled ahead of time and served at room temperature.” (www.esquire.com)
- As for drinks, stick with water, low-calorie, low-sodium, no sugar drinks.
The key here is enjoyment, at the same time, eating healthy without any regrets afterwards. Overeating makes some individuals turn to purging, overuse of laxatives, or extreme dieting – all of that is not necessary if you control what you eat. Eating healthy is and can be a way of life – for your health’s sake as well as your loved ones. Enjoy yourself be healthy — all of the time!