Summers are made for fun. Theme parks, picnics, backyard BBQs, get-togethers with friends – we look forward to having a great time outside in the summer months. As I’m writing this it’s Memorial Day weekend, so you’re probably enjoying yourself right now!
But how do you stay “on plan” with TrimHealthyMama© when surrounded by (mostly unhealthy) food?
Here are a few tips.
Staying on plan with TrimHealthyMama this summer
Think about what types of food will be available where you’re going. If it’s something like a fair or theme park, there will be items like turkey legs, hamburgers and hot dogs. Throw away the bun or ask the cook to leave it off and you’re good – meat is usually an S meal. If pizza is the only thing available, try ordering two slices with whatever toppings you like. Then, scrape all the toppings away from the crust with a knife. Crustless pizza is just fine on plan.
Just stay away from the ice cream and nachos!
If it’s a dinner party or BBQ, you’re probably safe eating whatever meats are available. (Avoid sugary-sweet BBQ sauces if possible and the dessert table.) Add a green salad or other non-starchy vegetables and you’re all set. The tiny bit of sugar in the salad dressing? I don’t worry about that. It’s what we do most of the time that matters.
And of course, if possible, bring your own food. This is certainly easy enough when you’re planning a picnic or trip to the Zoo with the kids. You’ll save a ton of money too.
Save Your Crossovers
Since, unless you’re planning the soiree yourself, you won’t be in control of the menu, you might find yourself eating crossovers at parties. That’s fine. Occasional crossovers while you’re still in weight-loss mode are an important part of keeping your metabolism guessing. Try to “save” your crossovers for times when you aren’t in control of the food available so you don’t accidentally eat too many.
Offer to Bring Something
This is my favorite trick. If I’m going to someone’s home, I offer to bring dessert. Then I know I won’t be tempted by the sweets available! Bust-a-Myth Banana Cake (from the THM cookbook) goes over well with the non-THM crowd, and so do the Chocolate Chip Cookies and Trimtastic Zucchini Cake.
I brought a plate of the cookies to a party once and after watching the host eat one, told her it had no sugar. She was amazed at how good the cookies were sweetened with stevia.
Eat Before You Party
Try not to arrive at a gathering starved, because your willpower will be low and you’ll be much more likely to dive headfirst into the chocolate cake. (Wait – maybe that’s just me!) Eat a little high-protein snack before you leave your house. This will enable you to make healthier, non-hangry choices.
Bring a Sipper
It’s pretty common to see folks walking around with reusable water bottles these days. Nobody will look askance at you if you bring your own beverage. Fill it with a delicious all-day sipper like Good Girl Moonshine or a Shrinker to help curb your sugar cravings and modulate your appetite.
Stop Caring About What Other People Think
The truth is that most people won’t be analyzing what’s on your plate too much. They likely won’t notice that you’ve skipped the sodas, potato chips and pie. Have fun, relax and enjoy yourself.
If you have a critical relative who’s on your back about your latest diet, take a few deep breaths and respond with grace. You don’t have to explain yourself to anyone. Let it roll off your back. Practice being un-offendable. People sometimes say stupid or hurtful things because they’re unhappy with themselves. Pray for them and move on.
When All Else Fails…
Don’t beat yourself up about an occasional cheat meal. The nice thing about being on TrimHealthyMama is that it makes you more in touch with your true appetite, and it puts you back in control of your sugar cravings. I can now eat a few (5 or 6) french fries every couple of weeks. I just tighten up the next day. Think like a French woman. A little bit of anything doesn’t hurt you. It’s what you do every day that matters.
What are your best tips for staying on plan at parties, theme parks and while having summer fun?