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ANNEMARGO Posts: 450
7/4/13 12:54 P

this is my go-to plan for any celebratory meal--mentally divide the food into three categories--healthy food, not-so-healthy food that you can get anywhere, and "special" foods. (the last group would be the family tradition foods, whether it be banana pudding, peach cobbler, ribs, etc.) The bulk of your meal will come from the healthy foods. The second group just skip. You can get them anytime, so why eat them on special days? And definitely have portions of the third group, but practice portion control and eat them s-l-o-w-l-y. It really works.

CAR58OLE Posts: 718
7/4/13 8:34 A

PORTION CONTROL!!!! Lots of WATER... I am making simple boneless chicken breast to go along with the usual cook out foods...
but will enjoy a bit of everything I "crave"... just not a LOT!

FYFE82 SparkPoints: (61,365)
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7/4/13 7:35 A

Have planned my meals and we eating at home today so I am in control.

WATERDIAMONDS Posts: 14,777
7/3/13 4:47 P

Bring my own veggie kebobs and tempeh dish

RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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7/3/13 1:15 P

Well, I just got invited to my brother and sister in law's for dinner tomorrow. They are both vegan and I do not have a worry in the world. They are making vegan hamburgers, vegan potato salad and baked beans. She has a surprise for dessert. My sister in law is a very good cook and I love going there for dinner because I always stay within my range.

MOTHERBOARDER SparkPoints: (124,561)
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7/3/13 10:18 A

every year

SBURDEN Posts: 3,635
7/3/13 9:33 A

I bring something healthy, limit my portion size and drink lots of fluids to stay full

BHAM-ERIC SparkPoints: (3,802)
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7/3/13 2:08 A

Crab season opened yesterday so I guess I can add crab to the mix!

HEALTHYFOREVER4 SparkPoints: (20,249)
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7/2/13 10:34 P

Well, I'm taking exercise light this week because I've got symptoms of overtraining, but this holiday is actually pretty easy for me. I rarely drink, so alcohol's not hard to pass up, and I really loathe mayonnaise-based anything, so things like potato and macaroni salad don't call out for me to eat them. My family is grilling chicken, Italian sausage, and hamburgers, plus lots and lots of fruits and veggies. I don't like Italian sausage, and I'm not a huge fan of red meat, so I'll eat chicken with grilled fruits and veggies. I'm actually pretty excited for the food we're cooking this year!

MOMMYOF2RN Posts: 570
7/2/13 9:46 P

I will eat in moderation and workout as usual

LEANJEAN6 Posts: 9,307
7/2/13 4:55 P

BBQ-ing---with salads emoticon

FROGMAN2013 SparkPoints: (1,747)
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7/2/13 3:31 P

I am one of those low-carb dieters. This holiday was made for us! Veggies and meat on the grill.

LOUIE-LILY Posts: 2,229
7/2/13 3:09 P

We had an early celebration grill this past weekend as my friends are working July 4th. I shared a hot dog and a burger with a friend, so we both got to have some of everything without going overboard. I counted out my chips so I knew exatly what I was getting. And I had 1 small bowl (small being the operative word) of vanilla slow churned ice cream loaded with berries and 1 serving of dark chocolate chips on it. How could I feel deprived?
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BAREFOOT-LISA Posts: 1,412
7/2/13 2:58 P

I only eat the things that I know I cannot get at a later date.
Hot dogs and bbq chicken are available anytime, if I am willing to make it.
However, my dad's maple baked beans are a rare treat, like twice a year rare. So, a half cup of that is totally worth it.
My aunts snicker salad will be there for labor day, thanksgiving and christmas, so I can skip that.
I also make sure I have one glass of water between beers. I take a half cup of dads beans, but only a couple tablespoons of anything else I want to have. If I don't absolutely love it and rarely get it, it's not worth it.

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7/2/13 2:39 P

I treat a Holiday as just that-One Day. A one day splurge in moderation, will do good emotionally and will be satisfying. I look at the selection of food items first , Then make my choices. I place whatever I choose on One plate, and beverage of choice, then move as far away from the table as possible, mingling with friends and family. When my plate is finished, I'm done eating. Find a deversion, if you find yourself wanting to munch on anything else, find someone to talk to, help the hostess-she would be grateful for the help, keep a eye on any children present.

TORIAMAE Posts: 1,080
7/2/13 12:41 P

I survive potlucks in general by bringing foods I can eat and keeping full and hydrated!

Good luck!

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,560
7/2/13 12:13 P

My friends and I aren't big drinker therefore, our gatherings are usually dry- so that's a ton of calories that I don't worry about. I tend to eat chicken- minimize the condiments and skips the burgers. I know it's like blasphemy but I don't like hamburgers.

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 1,929
7/2/13 10:16 A

There are a few days every year where I just don't worry about staying on track. 4th of July is one such day. So, I will attend my family bbq and enjoy. I do make some concessions to a healthy lifestyle, though, by substituting ingredients in things that I make. The seven layer dip that I'm making will have lowfat cheese, lowfat sour cream and homemade (sodium-free) refried beans. The banana pudding that I'm making will likely be made with sugar free pudding and I will use 2% milk instead of whole (nonfat milk just doesn't make the pudding set up right). Think I'll put a meringue on top of the banana pudding instead of using whipped cream.

I am definitely eating some of my mom's potato salad. I only get it once per year.

Edited by: LOVE4KITTIES at: 7/2/2013 (10:17)
VIRGO962 Posts: 69
7/2/13 9:23 A

We're staying away from hot dogs and potato salad and doing chicken, crab legs, corn and baked potatoes instead. Light beer instead of regular. emoticon

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
7/2/13 9:14 A

I eat low carb, so I just find a meat source, and have a few lbs of it..lol

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (77,103)
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7/2/13 9:11 A

The same way I survive them every year, I don't go to them... I'm Canadian. ;)

Happy 4th of July though!

Personally, I'd just eat smaller portions of the less healthy stuff and bulk up on the healthier options. I don't see one day here and there (special occasions or holidays) of less than healthy food choices as detrimental to an overall healthy lifestyle. As long as you don't go overboard. If you know one bite of a certain type of food is going to cause you to go for seconds or thirds... pass it up for something else. Drink plenty of water or have coffee/tea. Focus on visiting with friends/family and entertainment over the food. Nibble at your food. Take a small plate and after you finish it. Take a 20-30 minute break before deciding to go for seconds. I find it usually takes about that long for my body to realize it's satisfied.

POPSECRET SparkPoints: (50,104)
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7/2/13 8:18 A

We're doing lobsters, steamers, corn on the cob and baked beans. Should be OK...just gotta watch out for the melted butter! And the beer, of course :)

KPMP1992 Posts: 56
7/2/13 8:12 A

Extra exercise today and tomorrow. Lol

AURORA629 Posts: 2,388
7/2/13 6:43 A

July 4th is one of those days I take as a day off from my diet, so I will just relax and enjoy it.

JUSTICE19 SparkPoints: (9,460)
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7/2/13 5:27 A

chicken-baked twice potato-corn

Edited by: JUSTICE19 at: 7/2/2013 (05:33)
MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (7,376)
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7/2/13 4:33 A

On the agenda: pool volleyball, dancing, annual relay race, beach walk, campfire stories/singing

On the menu: fresh garden veggies, shrimp kabobs w/grilled veggies, grilled grouper, chicken wings, devilled eggs, flourless zucchini brownies, fresh fruits, wine/spirits/beer (none for me)

KOALA_BEAR SparkPoints: (17,184)
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7/2/13 1:44 A

You could take your own turkey burgers and eat it open faced deluz (lettuce, tomatoe, & onion with some mustard & worcestershire sauce; make a vinegar based coleslaw or three bean salad, and bring along a bag of baked chips and some pretzels. Take a veggie tray, too. Eat plenty of fresh fruit like berries or peaches. Drink lots of water and perhaps this might be the day to have light lemonade. I sometimes mix Crystal Light pink with ice tea for a refreshing Arnold Palmer. It's sweet and flavorful. Normally I don't like artificial sweeteners but one day isn't going to kill you. And then have a large tablespoon of potato salad. Eat it slowly and enjoy every bite.

We will be having grilled corn on the cob ( I prefer it without butter or salt); a lean steak split with my hubby; marinated vegetables including eggplant, bell peppers, zucchini, cherry tomatoes tossed over whole wheat pasta with olive oil; and watermelon with applesauce cake.

When we see friends later on the weekend, we'll make shish kebobs - chicken or shrimp, bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, alternated on sticks then grilled over charcoal. Served with brown rice or quinoa and grilled pineapple slices.

BHAM-ERIC SparkPoints: (3,802)
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7/2/13 1:14 A

Going to a potluck on the beach. My greatest weakness are chips of nearly any kind..

Burgers, mayonnaise-based salads, oh my! I'll try to survive on sheer willpower and maybe a little extra exercise. You?

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