And when I am surrounded by it 24/7 like I was this weekend, I have a tough time staying away from the fabulousness of it all. I ate so much dang food during the festivities come and gone that I swear I gained like five pounds … all in my ass.
But I don’t feel that sorry about it. It would be one story if I always ate like that, but I don’t. I am not perfect by any means, but I am usually pretty good at regulating my splurges.
I do think, however, that it is nice to know how to make some healthy decisions in those situations. I, for one, always try to just taste little bits of things — a little bit of cheese here, cake there, miraculous Cuban food (my future mother-in-law’s specialty!) over there … you get it.
But I thought it may be a good idea to consult my trusty Eat This, Not That book to help ya’ all out with making healthy decisions the next time you decide to party it up.
At the Ballpark: Choose a box of Cracker Jacks and a 12 oz. beer (Total: 559 calories, 7 grams of fat), instead of nachos and a 16 oz. cola (Total: 847 calories, 38 grams of fat — all from the nachos!).
At a Fourth of July Bash: Choose baked beans (3/4 cup without bacon), watermelon (1 medium slice) and 4 oz. of coleslaw (Total: 346 calories, 9.5 grams of fat) as your sides, instead of vegetables with ranch dip, potato salad and corn on the cob with 1/2 tablespoon butter (Total: 520 calories, 32 grams of fat).
At a Swanky Part-tay: Choose 12 large shrimp with 2 tablespoons of cocktail sauce and a 6 oz. glass of champagne (Total: 295 calories, less than one gram of fat), instead of a crab cake and 8 oz. gin & tonic (Total: 530 calories, 19 grams of fat).
Now, eat it up!