It’s Friday! Finally it’s almost the weekend; well in parts of the world it’s already Saturday. So happy weekend to you! For some, it’s harder to keep healthy on weekends since there’s more running around to do and more social commitments. I’m very regimented with my food schedule during the week, so weekends are hard for me. I have to carry a protein bar with me in case I don’t get food when I get hungry. But I try to make sure I don’t shift too far off of my schedule. And that’s one of the ways to help be your healthiest.
There are some tips you can follow to help you stay healthy every day, without sacrificing fun and other important things – because we all need some fun!
Keep to your regular schedule as much as possible. If you workout and have social things planned, try to get to your workout beforehand. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time as you normally do, even if that means leaving some engagements a little earlier. You don’t want your lifestyle to leave you completely exhausted.
Record your food and exercise. Even though it can get tiresome, it will help keep you accountable. You don’t have to get down to in-depth details, but taking a couple of minutes to make your list can help you stay on a healthier course. A tool like myfitnesspal.com can help.
Plan some active engagements with your friends and family. Depending on the weather you can go skating, skiing, walking, swimming, dancing – anything that keeps you all moving!
Engage in active living. What does this mean? If you can’t always squeeze in exercise during your busy day, get moving whenever you can. For example, mow the lawn, take the stairs and walk when you have the time.
Eat healthily during the day. If you have dinner plans in the evening, make sure you don’t eat unhealthy meals or sneak treats during the day. And remember to drink plenty of water.
Take cues from your stomach. Your stomach knows when you’re full. If you’ve eaten your regular portion but still feel like eating, wait 20 minutes and see if you’re still hungry. If you are, then eat, if you’re not, don’t overindulge because the food is there.
Modify your recipes. You may have go-to dishes that you love but they may not be the best for you. If it’s not the healthiest option, there are ways to change up an ingredient or two to make it healthier without sacrificing taste. For example, I cut down on oil by adding in things like tomato paste, lemon (or some sort of mixture), or using leaner proteins. You can check online for similar recipes and see where you can make some changes.
Sleep. Not getting enough sleep will increase your appetite. When you don’t get enough, your body produces more of the hormone that increases your desire to eat. As mentioned in the first tip, try to go to bed and get up at the same time you normally do when you can.
These are some of my tips. What are some of yours?