When you are trying to lose weight, holidays and special occasions are hard. Even the not-so-major holidays that happen during the year. Cinco de Mayo is a holiday filled with celebration. And food. And drink. And if you are trying to lose weight, any excess of food and drink is a dangerous combination. So, what do you do?
How can you have a healthy Cinco de Mayo celebration?
First of all, losing weight does not mean you have to stop hanging out with your friends or have a party with your family. It does mean you have to watch what you eat and drink and that’s the hard part because a lot of the Cinco de Mayo parties are heavily involved in food and drink. Spicy food. Good food. Margaritas. Coronas. Tortilla chips. Cheesy dip. Here are some tips to stay on-track on Cinco de Mayo:
- Don’t drink your calories. Drink water with a splash of lemon or lime. It’s not the calories in the margarita that are bad for you – it’s the ingredients, the sugar, the alcohol – that affect your metabolism and your hormones [esp. women]. If you do have one, just have one. Moderation is key. And it keeps you from letting your healthy guard down and eating more than you need to.
- Go easy on the chips. Who can eat just one? Or two? Or twenty? If you cannot stop yourself, then just don’t start. Ask for flour or corn tortillas to dip in salsa.
- Enjoy healthy options – guacamole, salsa, fajitas, rice and beans, grilled seafood, grilled chicken or steak. All of these are healthy foods. Don’t think that you have to give up everything that tastes good and enjoy the food. The most important things to watch are portion sizes and sauces. If your plate is too full when you get it, ask for a to-go box and take it home for lunch the next day. Avoid cheese sauces and fried foods.
- Remember the reason for the season. Do you know the history of Cinco de Mayo? Click here for a great article on the history and traditions, both in Mexico and the United States.
Most of all, spend time with your friends and your family. Enjoy the celebration. Listen to the conversation. Focus on those things and not on the food and drink. After all, they are more important, right? Have a great, healthy Cinco de Mayo!
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