Weekend Pitfall 7: My friends want to meet for brunch and I don't want to miss out on seeing them.
Brunch is fun and, if you can make a healthy choice from the menu, there's no reason for it to ruin your eating plan. But if you just can't resist that stack of pancakes or the second mimosa, you might want to see if your friends would be willing to meet up for something other than a meal. What about an early morning hike that lets you watch the sun rise and enjoy nature? Or, if your friends aren't outdoorsy, meet them at the mall or schedule a spa day. While many of us tend to socialize around food and drink, there are plenty of ways to catch up, bond and spend quality time with friends and family that don't involve eating.
Weekend Pitfall 8: I just want to veg out on the couch and watch a movie with a bag of chips.
There's absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to take a break and enjoy a movie at home. If you've had a stressful week at work or done multiple hard workouts, your body needs some down time to heal and recover. Just be smart about how you handle the snacking portion of your break. Instead of grabbing a bag of your favorite junk food and eating mindlessly while you watch, use a bowl to hold a reasonable portion of whatever you're craving most, then put the bag away in the cabinet. If you're still hungry after you enjoy your snack (I mean really hungry, not just bored or tired or thirsty), choose a healthy snack from your well-stocked kitchen, like an apple or a piece of low-fat string cheese. Whole, unprocessed foods will fill you up much more than snack foods, which will likely only leave you wanting more.
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