5 Ways To Avoid Packing On the Pounds This Memorial Day

Memorial Day marks the unofficial launch of summer. Staying true to your diet can be tough when the season is chock full of cookouts and pool parties  Before you indulge in greasy BBQ, follow these simple guidelines and you’ll make it through the next few months without packing on the pounds.

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Eat at home. It’s challenging to stick to your healthy lifestyle plan when there’s a ton of decadent food being served at weddings, BBQs, and pool parties. But don’t ruin all of your hard work from the rest of the year by filling up on junk. Instead, fuel your body with a well-balanced meal at home so you don’t show up to an event ravenous. If you’re starving, you’ll be more likely to make a meal out of those pigs in a blanket or chips and dip. Not enough time for a pre-party meal? Here are some healthy snack ideas.

Fill up on veggies. These days, most party planners are health conscious enough to serve raw vegetables. Instead of heading for the cheese platter, make a beeline for the crudités and make that the bulk of your dining experience (without loading up on the dipping sauce of course!). It’s better to socialize with carrots and celery within arm’s reach instead of a plate full of treats that you’ll mindlessly shove into your mouth.

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Stick with health-minded party buddies. Surround yourself with friends who make healthier choices—or at least won’t sabotage yours. If you’re sitting with people who make the chocolate fondue table their sentry, you’re opening the gate for bad eating decisions.

Choose your dessert wisely. Have some fresh fruit or a low-calorie frozen treat instead of cakes and cookies. If your sweet tooth really needs to be satisfied, take a bite of someone else’s dessert so you get the fix you need without over-indulging. Check out some healthy summer desserts here.

Plan healthy meals at home. If you’re eating well all week then you can allow yourself some leeway when you’re out partying. We all need to let go sometimes, and if you’re healthy 90 percent of the time, you’ve earned the occasional crab cake or chocolate truffle being offered to you!

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KnowMore TV nutrition and food expert Alma Schneider, LCSW, is founder of Take Back the Kitchen, LLC, a lifestyle program created to help people recognize and overcome common and unique obstacles to planning, preparing and cooking meals.