As the Fourth of July is fast approaching, we are already in the hype of inviting our family and friends over to celebrate and have some delicious holiday barbecue parties, and hold reunion events for the long weekend.
Let us not forget to stay ‘clean’ during the long celebration. Do not give in to temptations because you are almost there – achieving weight goals! So how do we celebrate this important event without ruining our diet? Here are some tips to keep in mind so you will stay fit and successfully avoid monstrous bites of the mouthwatering BBQ’s that will be most popularly served in every household.
How to Survive the BBQ Party:
If possible, try to prepare your homemade, delicious and phase specific barbecue recipes instead of grilling the unhealthy recipes with FMD forbidden ingredients. But if it can’t be helped, you can try these alternative tips.
Use Sprouted Grain Wheat Buns
Just like high-glycemic foods, white breads can spike up your insulin and make your body store fat instead of burning it. Substitute your buns with sprouted grain wheat buns for your barbecue sandwiches.
Grill Lean Meat
Eating grilled lean meat (lean beef, chicken and pork) is your perfect choice in barbecue recipes. Make sure to remove the excess fats and watch how these lean meats are being grilled. It’s important to make sure that they didn’t add some artificial flavorings, and sauce made from sugar and other artificial sweeteners that contributes to your weight gain.
Recipe in making your homemade BBQ Sauce found below.
Of course, you need to watch out for the portions you’re eating. Make sure you are still following your food portions according to your weight loss goal. Read more about food portioning here.
Opt for Grilled Veggies!
Who says grilling is for meat only? It’s for veggies too! Instead of sticking to a pure grilled meat barbecue recipes, start mixing them with grilled veggies! The fiber found in veggies will help you feel fuller. Be creative in the kitchen!
Have some NEAT (Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis)
NEAT, or Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis consists of movements we make throughout the day. You can engage in these activities without draining yourself from exercising while helping your metabolism to burn all the foods you ate. These activities consist of:
Dancing – while having a barbecue party, dance with your colleagues and friends. It is a fun and enjoying way for your metabolism to burn and keep its fire.
Standing – if you like to stand in the sidelines and not mingle with the others, standing in the corner will help your metabolism burn rather than sitting in the sofa with your friends.
Strolling – You can walk around the house or at the party while you’re on the phone, or roam around the party and socialize with your friends and colleagues.
Don’t Starve before the BBQ Party!
Getting starved before the party will just lead you to overeating and other unhealthy eating habits that will eventually ruins your metabolism! Instead, eat more before you attend these events, it will help you feel fuller and keep you from eating unhealthy foods at the event you’re attending. Here are some tips you can apply to survive in attending parties and events.
Make your Homemade BBQ Sauce in simple, quick steps!
Total Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 1 1/2 pint
- 1/2 cup gluten free ketchup
- 1/2 cup tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup pineapple juice
- 1/2 cup stevia
- 1/4 cup gluten-free Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 medium chopped onion
- 1/4 teaspoon celery powder (not salt)
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
Combine all ingredients in a heavy, medium sized sauce pan. Bring to a boil and simmer on low for about 10 minutes. Cool and store in the refrigerator.
Hope what we’ve mentioned above will be a useful information to everyone in the community so you can have a meaningful and enjoyable 4th of July.
Happy Independence Day to our community! Happy Birthday, America!