Labor Day Weekend is upon us, and with all the rest and relaxation comes a ton of temptation – BBQ, greasy foods, baked goods, ice cream, and alcohol! Our team at CrossFit Delirium has put together a list of quick and easy tips to make sure you make healthy decisions over the upcoming long weekend.

Drink Water

I know – “Broken record!!” But it’s that important. It’s too easy to mistake thirst for hunger, and when you’re dehydrated, you’re more likely to make not-so-smart food decisions. Speaking of questionable choices, be thoughtful about how much alcohol you consume. If you’re of the legal age and plan on drinking, stick with light beer (around 100 calories for a 12-oz. bottle) or wine (around 120 calories per 5-oz. glass) and be sure to drink a lot of water between each alcoholic drink.

Contribute To The Food Table

This way you can ensure that there’s an item or two you can eat without guilt or worry.

Hit The Grill

Grilling makes practically everything taste great, and it keeps added fat to a minimum. As long as the food isn’t drowned in oil beforehand, you’re pretty much good to go. My top picks? Skinless chicken breast, lean turkey burgers, and veggie skewers!

Cool Off With Smart Frozen Treats

Stick to fruit pops and fruit bars instead of standard ice cream sandwiches. You get the cool refreshment without the extra fat. Who doesn’t love that?

Stay Away From Mayo-Lade Sidedishes

Even a seemingly reasonable 2/3-cup serving of potato salad has an average of 300 calories and nearly 20g fat. Not worth it! So stay away… unless it’s made by YOU!

Let’s Get Physical

Is there a volleyball game going on? Frisbee? A really competitive game of tag? Get in on it! You’ll have fun and burn off some extra calories. Just make sure you hydrate.

Enjoy

That’s the point, after all! The more time you spend having fun with family and friends (and not standing directly in front of the food spread!), the less time you’ll spend thinking about the food. Oh, and one more thing…

Wear Sunscreen

Yeah, it’s got nothing to do with calories, but it’s really important if you’re spending time outside. Plus, if you end up sunburned, you might be tempted to drown your sorrows in a gallon of ice cream.

Happy (almost) Labor Day! If you’ve got further questions about eating healthy, CrossFit Delirium happily offers nutritional counseling to our members. For more information about our nutritional program, click here.