It’s hard to believe that 8 months of the year have gone by. As we celebrate the end of summer, many will enjoy cookouts and social gatherings this Labor Day weekend. Here are some tips on how to enjoy the holiday weekend while maintaining healthy habits.

Don’t Go Hungry
If you plan on attending a party or cookout this weekend, eat a healthy meal or snack beforehand so that you aren’t starving when you get there. When you come hungry to a gathering, the tendency is to make unhealthy choices and eat everything on the table. If you aren’t able to eat beforehand, fill up your plate with fresh green salads or vegetables since these will fill you up before you get to the main course.

Set Limits
It’s perfectly okay to savor those delicious hamburgers, bratwurst and hot dogs at the Labor Day cookout…just keep it in moderation. Use a small plate as you head for the table. It is a proven fact that you’ll eat up to 50 percent less calories by doing so. If you plan on eating some dip, try it with vegetables instead of chips or crackers.

Bring a Healthy Dish
If you’re heading to a party, don’t expect healthy food to be part of the spread. Consider bringing a healthy dish like roasted vegetables, hummus or even a healthy dessert like fruit salad. There are ways to make a healthier version of a classic salad or appetizer. For instance, try using Greek yogurt instead of sour cream when making dips. For that creamy texture, add avocado instead of cheese when making appetizers.

Plan Physical Activities
Get active this weekend. Starting your day on a healthy note motivates you to make healthy choices. Crush a work out before heading out to the Labor Day cookout. Organize some physical activities like biking, jogging or swimming so you can balance the amount of calories you eat with the amount of calories you burn.

Drink Wisely
Go ahead and enjoy some alcoholic beverages. Just don’t overdo it since they are loaded with calories. Consider bringing your own light beer to the party. Remember to keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water. If plain water is too boring for your taste buds, spruce it up with some flavored ice cubes.

Don’t be afraid to celebrate the Labor Day Holiday. After all, you work hard and deserve this break! You can enjoy life and still feel healthy and balanced. 🙂


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Edna Dimataga-Fernandez
Edna Dimataga-Fernandez founded The Wellness Institute in 2013. The company utilizes a holistic model of wellness consulting focusing on the 6 dimensions of organizational well-being: physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual & financial health. The Wellness Institute provides holistic health assessments, corporate well-being workshops & wellness consultations with holistic health practitioners. Wellness-Spring, the company’s holistic health store, sells organic & non-toxic health & beauty products. A portion of the proceeds is donated back to causes that support women, children, health, wellness & education. She has worked & consulted for companies in the insurance & financial services industry, the medical & behavioral health field and the non-profit sector. Edna holds a B.A. in Economics from UCLA and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. She is a Past President (2010-11) of the National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors - Los Angeles Chapter and is an approved Continuing Education Provider for the California Department of Insurance.