For the month of July, we asked Matt to tell us about what he does to stick to healthy living during the tempting summer months. Here's what he had to say:
Summer can be a tough time to stick to a healthy lifestyle. I had several events that I attended that involved good food, beer, and stops at local restaurants and pubs. It’s certainly not easy taking a ride up to Grammy’s Restaurant in the county when everyone I’m with orders fried clams, fried seafood platters, and whoopie pies as big as my head!
So, here are a few things that helped me stay on track. At restaurants, I make sure to drink a glass or two of water before I order. I order a salad to eat before my meal and, instead of french fries, I order a double serving of veggies. If I’m at a restaurant that only has fried food, I try to order a burger or grilled chicken instead of fried.
When it comes to desserts, that’s really tough for me because I have a wicked sweet tooth, so I try to just have a small piece. If I really feel like I need to have dessert, sometimes I’ll eat part of it and throw out the rest. I hate to waste money, but throwing some out is the better option for my health, and it makes me think twice about spending money on it next time!
Overall, eating at home is easier for me because all my life I was a meat and potatoes man. So... now I try to be a meat and veggies man (I’m still working on eating as many veggies as I should, but I am trying!). I barbecue a lot and I enjoy the meat, but a health tip I’ve learned is to try to avoid sugary barbecue sauce. I use dry rubs instead, which are a healthier option and add some heat.
And summer’s been great for drinking more water because when it’s hot out, I always end up wanting and drinking more!
I know that all of these health secrets are not secrets at all - they’re just the facts that most of us know. Eat right (especially lots of veggies), drink plenty of water, and try to stay away from fried foods and sweets.
Hmmm...I think I remember that being said to me most of my life...imagine.
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