Long weekends are a real treat, especially when you can get together with friends and families. Some weekends, like Labor Day, are typically celebrated with barbecued and grilled items paired with cool salads. Here are a few strategies for how you can stay on track for the long 3-day weekend:
Eat your greens/bring a veggie tray.
Since you have plenty of Fresh & Free Additions to choose from, have at them! Bring a crudité platter of carrots, tomatoes, broccoli, celery, peppers or other vegetables that provide a crunchy bite. If you’re looking to enjoy something from the grill, create a kabob of zucchini, onions and pepper, or bring some Portobello mushrooms to create a juicy “veggie burger” that you can wrap in lettuce. Watch out for sauces and marinades often used on the grill which can be high in sugar.
Remember that fiber equals fuller.
Eating fibrous meals and snacks allows you to feel fuller longer. Eat a fibrous breakfast before you go out for the day— you can add a dollop of salsa to your Breakfast Omelet or heat up a bowl of Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal. When you’re at a barbeque, vegetables, such as broccoli and snap pea, and fruits, like blackberries and raspberries, are high sources of fiber. However, all fruit and vegetables contain fiber, so you can’t go wrong.
Let fruit guide your sweet tooth.
When it’s time for dessert, delight in some strawberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew or pineapple—just make sure to watch your portion size. Check out your Getting Started Guide for helpful tips.
Get enough sleep.
It’s important to make sure that you also allow your body to recover and recharge so that you can actually enjoy all the activities you planned over the long weekend, so aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Not only will you feel well rested, but you’ll be clearer headed, too, which is important to continue making rational versus impulse decisions.
Get some extra movement into your day.
Whether you’re getting dressed, tidying up, or preparing a side dish to bring to a barbeque, you can get some extra steps into your day by taking 10 minutes to crank up the music and have a dance party in your home!
Use the PRP technique.
This stands for Polite, Reason, Polite, and allows you to remain in charge of your choices. You can politely acknowledge the food (“Thanks, that looks great!”) then state your reason for refusing it (“I’m already full from these delicious vegetables!”) then politely get out of the offer (“Maybe next time!”).
Let your friends and family know about your goals.
That way, they can be supportive of your ongoing efforts and choices, too.
Talk to your weight loss expert.
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Your Jenny Craig weight loss expert can help you create countless strategies for your weekend activities. The best way to success is to rehearse your anticipated scenario to make a plan (and maybe even a back-up plan!) to stay focused on your weight loss goals while still enjoying your time surrounded by family and friends. Feel free to schedule an appointment at any of our local neighborhood Jenny Craig centers to meet face-to-face or feel free to reach out to a weight loss expert via Jenny Craig Anywhere.
Being prepared for your day allows you to fall into the rest and relaxation long holiday weekends provide. Enjoy your time with friends and family, and we wish you happy, healthy eating!