Summer Is Officially Here. How In The World Do We Stay Healthy? (Eric Lupher)

By: Eric Lupher
By: Eric Lupher

When I think of summer, I think barbecues! But wait, I've lost more than 30 pounds since January and I am not about to gain it back. So, I got some tips I want to share with you.

When I think of summer, I think barbecues!  How about you? I think of burgers, potato salad, potato chips, Barbecue chicken, ribs, cans upon cans of soda and pretty much anything else that is quite frankly not very good for your body.  But wait, I've lost more than 30 pounds since January and I am not about to gain it back.  So, I got some tips I want to share with you.

I gave Martha Rosenau a call.  She's a Colorado Springs registered dietitian.  I asked what on earth to do when someone invites me to a BBQ.  Rosenau says it's simply about making better choices, not necessarily ridding yourself of a "good" meal.  Obviously cooking a fat, juicy burger is common when it comes to barbecues.  Rosenau says bring your own cut of meat, like a veggie burger.  Rosenau says another option would be to use lean cuts of beef when grilling in general. 

Tasty dips are another popular item at a BBQ.  When I think of "tasty" I automatically think of guacamole, bean dip, onion dip, and queso.  Rosenau says there is a much better alternative.  She says, "make your own dip by using some non-fat yogurt in place of sour cream."

A lot of barbecues consist of guests bringing an item of their own.  Rosenau says this is a perfect opportunity to contribute a really tasty .. and most importantly .. healthy garden salad.  She also says to choose the salad first and fill up on that before you start eating the "bad" stuff.

If you end up still making some "bad" choices over the summer, which I know I will:) .. here's my advice .. of course I'm no expert .. but I'll say it anyway .. just get right back on track the next day.  I've learned a lot over the past five months.  One day won't hurt you.  It's when you eat bad everyday where things come back to bite you.

Hope this helps,

Eric

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