|It’s our first long weekend that may look a bit normal in a couple of years and I hope you are going to have a great one! Chances are this long weekend and many of the weekends that are coming up may include:|
- snacking on easy to grab snacks (that go well with wine or beer)
- people trying to tell you that potatoes and mayonnaise = a salad
- coolers or fridges with chilled wine and drinks
- farmers markets with the most delicious baked goods and new fangled ice creams (who knew basil and lavendar could actually be an ice cream flavour?!)
So what are you going to do with all that indulgence and temptation? Hopefully enjoy them…in moderation of course. But rather than trying to use up all your self control to curb your cravings here is what else I suggest you do to make it way, way easier for you to enjoy, without going over board.
- Drink lots and lots of water. The number one cause of afternoon fatigue and cravings is dehydration. Nip that challenge in the bud, stop it before it starts. A good general rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces of water per day.
- Consume protein at each of your meals. Servings should be about the size of the palm of your hand or around 20 grams of protein…especially at breakfast or whenever your first meal is.
- Add healthy fats to keep you satiated and your moods even. Oils should be about the size of your thumb or around 10 grams of fat, nuts and seeds should fit in the palm of your hand or 1/4 – 1/2 an avocado.
- Load up on vegetables. Not only will they keep you hydrated and full of fibre, the vitamins and minerals will keep your cravings at bay as well.
- Enjoy a small amount of some healthy whole carbs like fruits, whole grains or beans for their high fibre and healthy vitamins. Limit foods that contain a lot of refined carbs like cakes, pasta, cookies and breads.
I have included a handy dandy infographic below on what a Superfood Plate looks like, that you can print and hang on your fridge, if you need a reminder!