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Friday, July 2, 2010

4 Ways to Be Healthy for the 4th of July

Fourth of July typically means and brings differenct things for different people. For most people this day means being thankful for the hard-earned freedom that we enjoy. This holiday also means celebrating life with friends and family by watching fireworks and socializing. Sometimes the celebrating and socializing brings overeating and overdrinking, so use these tips to prevent 4th of July Weight Gain.

1) Drink plenty of water. If your hand always has a water bottle in it or if your stomach is full of water then neither will have a chance to indulge in too much soda or alcoholic beverages.

2) Stay active. If your friends or family are looking for fun while you wait for the firework display opt to play games like volleyball, kickball, or softball. Perhaps, go to the park or go swimming. Plus, if you are too busy having fun you are less likely to sit down and have a heavy meal.

3) Snack. Eating numerous small proportioned foods/meals will contribute to both proper eating habits, as well as, your energy level so that you can enjoy the day and weekend. Large meals, especially with beef, may cause you to feel heavy and bloated. Indulging in too much sugar and alcohol will also slow you down or put you down (i.e. sleep) before you get to see the light show.

4) Grill everything. Instead of barbequing a brisket, ribs, franks, or beef patties, which are naturally fatty and greasy, grill some fish, chicken breast, lean turkey patties, or bison. Reaching for chips as your side may be easy, but grilling some zucchini, bell pepper, onions, or other veggies will be less greasy and easy on the stomach and the waste line. You can even grill fruit to make for a warm tasty dessert(see www.fit2befab.com for this and other grilling ideas).

Have a safe, happy, and healthy 4th of July!

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