Author: Amber French
WINTER, no wait don’t leave!
Winter is almost over, I swear it’s true. With the winter we have had in the Greater Toronto Area (and many other North American cities) we are going to hit spring hard. My favourite thing about spring and summer is the return of the BBQ, as both a noun and a verb. I love cooking on the grill – yes the veggie girl can BBQ!
I love grilling veggie burger and veg dogs obviously, but I also love grilling corn (in the husk of course) cooking pizza’s on the grill and chopping up all the veggies in the fridge seasoning with salt and pepper and throwing them in my BBQ basket.
This summer all of us Canadian’s are going to spend every possible minute outside. This will mean LOTS of BBQ’s and LOTS of food. I love having BBQ”s because all ages can attend. Kids, parent and GP’s can all hang out and people can come and go as their schedule permits. I love the potluck atmosphere that accompanies a great BBQ and especially the frosty beverages that are a must. All necessary components of a great summer get-together, but they can gang up on our healthy game plan over a few warm months.
I spent many years obsessing about 1) what I was going to wear to each event (especially if there was a pool involved) and 2) psyching up and convincing myself not to eating everything in front of me. These both usually led to a feeling of failure and overindulging EVERY TIME!
We insist on perfection from ourselves when we are at a social function. We are determined to eat well, be witty and have extremely well behaved children. The story in our head is if that expectation of perfection is not reached will be rejected. This occupies our though so much of the time that we forget how to relax and enjoy the situation as it actually IS.
Enjoy yourself, enjoy your kids and company, stay active and eat what truly makes you happy.
Fortunately we are naturally more active during the warmer months However, remember you can’t exercise away a bad eating habits.
Here are a couple of my favourite BBQ bulge beating tips.
• Breathe and eat whole foods
• Make a flexible plan
• You don’t have to eat it all
• Don’t limit or berate yourself
• Skip the fillers – buns, chips, pop etc.
Limiting yourself and convincing yourself that you need to “behave” yourself at the next party before you even get there is setting yourself up for failure. You will indulge-feel bad-indulge again-feel even worse-give in and eat everything in sight.
If you breathe before you chose your food, it will keep you present. Breathe before you eat and again before you fill your plate a second time. This will reduce grazing and give your brain a chance to have a say on that second helping.
Keep things flexible and know that you will have several bbq opportunities.
Eat the foods you recognize, corn on the cob, grilled veggies, lean proteins, guacamole, veggies and hummus. This goes for your drinks, skip the processed pops and juices. Mix your drinks with fresh juices, water or ice.
Most importantly don’t waste a beautiful opportunity to hang with those you love in the warm weather our bodies crave, worrying about your limits and what others may think. Have fun and Enjoy…