Memorial Day: Eat Well…And Still Fit In Your Shorts

Piece of chicken on a barbecue grillSummer is almost here! For many, Memorial Day is the start of warm weather, shorts, sun, parties…and lots and lots of delicious food.

If you’re headed to a barbecue this weekend, have fun! Eat well! But…know that you can enjoy yourself and manage to still fit into those shorts and cute summer dresses.

Here are a few healthy Memorial Day tips:

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1. Snack before you go. Why? Because if you show up starving, you’ll overeat. Not only that, but you’ll more than likely choose the higher-calorie and higher-fat foods.

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Also, if you force yourself to not eat all day prior to a party, you’ll slow down your metabolism, meaning that you’ll potentially gain more weight as you’re eating those second and third helpings of potato salad and burgers.

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2. Look around you. Check out ALL your food options before you decide what to eat. This will help you make more sensible choices, and eat a more balanced meal.

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3. Balance out your plate. Choose one serving of lean protein, preferably barbecue chicken of fish. Then choose some healthy grilled vegetables, tomato slices and/or salad. Try to only take a smaller portion of higher-calorie options. Then…enjoy!

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4. Rethink your drink. Eat something before you have your first drink, since it’ll help you consume less calories from alcohol, but it’ll help you maintain more control over how much you drink and eat.

5. Stop eating. After that first plate, go enjoy the other great thing about parties…the guests! Enjoy conversations, play games, dance, and make the most of everything the barbecue has to offer.

Are Your Eating Utensils Making You Sick?

A bamboo plate and eating utensilsYou use them every day, multiple times a day, probably without giving them a second thought. But it’s very important to know what the safest eating utensils are, for your own health and the health of your family.

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What’s wrong with metal utensils?

Most of the utensils we eat with are metal and most likely from China. The problem is that these utensils could contain aluminum, lead, iron and other toxic metals.  Heavy metals like these can create a toxic environment in the body, leading to sickness and disease.

While utensils made from stainless steel are acceptable, according to most experts, a more highly-recommend material is…bamboo.

Bamboo?

Bamboo belongs to the family of grasses. You can usually find it in the tropical and subtropical climates.  The largest population of bamboo is in Southeast Asia, and also on various islands in the Pacific Ocean and India. There are also thousands of different species of bamboo in the Americas, Australia and Africa.

Bamboo is a great alternative to metal.  It is biodegradable, meaning it can be disposed of outside without causing harm to the environment.  Bamboo is also known for its resiliency, strength and good luck.

You can purchase bamboo utensils at your local health food market, Whole Foods, or online. Keep in mind that I am referring to bamboo, and not wooden, utensils.

I started using bamboo utensils at home and noticed a significant difference in the way my food tasted. Surprisingly, my digestion also improved greatly. Who would have thought that utensils could really do this?

Put it to the test and you will see what I am talking about!

Please note: if you choose to use metal utensils make sure that there are not any nicks, because this can migrate into foods in trace amounts.

Play it safe and put your health first!