Happy Memorial Day Weekend! The un-official kick off to Summer is here and I don’t know about you, but I have been waiting for this weekend for a long time!
Before diving into the weekend, I wanted to take a moment to share with you ways you can get the most out of it, as it is often full of eating and drinking, so kicking off the summer on an indulgent note is not always the best.
Here are 5 ways you can enjoy Memorial Day Weekend without the guilt!
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE WARM WEATHER AND GET ACTIVE!
Whether you are heading to the shore, heading to a BBQ, or just kicking it at home, find ways to get outside and be active. Take a walk, go for a swim, or take a fun yoga class you have never tried before (Bonus: since a lot of people go out of town for the weekend, you can get into a drop-in class easier!). Keep moving and work off those extra helpings you are enjoying this weekend!
KEEP IT LIGHT.
You may have seen my #TimeCrunchTuesday video on increasing the glasses of wine you drink without actually drinking more wine. The trick here is to add ice, seltzer water, and fresh fruit to your 1/2 glass full of wine. This helps you not feel deprived by drinking a fraction of the amount of wine while keeping you more hydrated with the seltzer water. This refreshing twist on your standard glass of wine will have everyone coming back for more!
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE IN-SEASON FRUITS & VEGGIES!
This is a great time of year to enjoy fresh locally-grown tomatoes, blueberries, strawberries, and veggies from the garden. Use these delicious ingredients that are a gift from nature as key components to your meals and you will satisfy your sweet tooth and feel satisfied without all of the empty calories and refined sugars! Adding a fresh salad will brighten up any bbq and be the light element everyone craves.
These kabobs are my fav!!
TAKE A PICTURE–IT WILL LAST LONGER.
You know this old saying (if someone catches you staring), but it is true especially when spending time with friends and family. When looking back on your Memorial Day Weekend in years to come, you will be reminiscing more on the great times you had, the stories you told, and the activities you participated in rather than the food and drink you consumed. So make it count, and create these amazing memories by capturing each moment and realize that life is far more than just food!
THINK OF THIS AS YOUR “SUMMER NEW YEAR”!
We have been waiting for this warm weather for a while, and pretty much all had cabin fever since the winter seemed to go on forever. So take this season and make it feel like it is the start of a new year! Set your intentions of what you would like to accomplish this summer–vacations, personal goals, health goals, business endeavors–and start fresh on Tuesday with your new journey. It is the perfect opportunity to set your goals with the end date of Labor Day, using July 4th as your mid-way check in point to see how you are progressing, and wrapping the summer as your best whole self.
Enjoy this weekend and make it a special day for you and your loved ones!