Put on your green shirt and get ready - Saint Patrick’s Day is coming up soon! Celebrations are usually centered around food and drink, which can make holidays and parties at any time of year challenging when you’re trying to maintain a healthy diet.
Healthy habits take time to create, as repetition is an important part of making them stick. When special events arise there’s always a chance you’ll be surrounded by temptation. However, the trick to getting through is by being prepared ahead of time. Whether you’re throwing a St. Patrick’s Day party yourself, attending a friend’s gathering, or even going out and hitting the town, there are plenty of simple swaps you can make to keep your healthy lifestyle going strong.
How to Stay Healthy on Saint Patrick’s Day
Make movement a part of your day.
Before heading out to a party, devote a good 30-45 minutes to an activity to get that heart rate up. Even better, find a way to make exercise part of your St. Patrick’s Day celebration. There are often running events associated with this holiday, so get together a team of friends and begin a new annual event. It makes exercise fun and gets your day started right!
Swap frozen grapes for sweets.
If the temptation of candy or chocolate is all over the place, enjoy a handful of frozen grapes instead. It’ll satisfy your sweet tooth with natural sugar instead of the over-processed alternative. Frozen grapes are an especially wonderful trick to cool down if it ends up being a warm day as well.
Easily cut way back on carbs.
Instead of having a burger or hot dog on a bun, cut out the carbohydrates and enjoy them on a bed of lettuce instead. Load up on as many vegetables as you can and you won’t even miss the bread. Cooking a St. Patrick’s Day meal at home? Swap zoodles in place of white pasta noodles, and use mashed cauliflower instead of starchy mashed potatoes. It’s easier than you think to cut way back on these types of carbs, and you’ll feel way less bloated the next day.
Maximize your nutrients.
In the same way that you can swap out carbs for nutrient-packed vegetables, each time you’re faced with a choice while you’re out think: how can I make this more nutritious? If you want to enjoy a burger with the bun, choose steamed vegetables or a side salad instead of fries to ramp up the nutrition value. At a party with yummy snacks, forgo the chips and munch on crunchy vegetables instead. Even just trading regular french fries for sweet potato fries makes a big difference.
Replace alcohol with True Citrus and soda water.
Not only are alcoholic beverages filled with empty calories, but those boozy drinks will lower your inhibitions with eating greasy foods, and disrupt your natural sleep cycle when it’s time to crash at the end of the day. Even worse, mixers are filled with so much sugar - it’s best to cut back your alcohol consumption as much as possible. Pack your bag (or pockets) full of True Citrus on-the-go packets and just add to soda water if you’re out at the bar. You’ll be glad the next morning that you skipped a drink or two!
However you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this March, remember that one of the best ways to stick to your healthy habits is by making small changes. It’s the little decisions we make each and every day, whether with food, fitness, or even getting to bed a little earlier every night, that make lasting change throughout our lives.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
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