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Published on May 18, 2017

Memorial Day Food

Memorial Day Food Selection Do’s and Don’ts

Memorial Day FoodMemorial Day is right around the corner which means family functions, potlucks and plenty of high calorie food offerings. Here are some do’s and don’ts to help you make healthier choices when filling your plate.

Do go for the veggie tray first. Fill up on vegetables and stay far away from the chip bowls. Carrots, celery and cucumbers can give the same satisfying crunch as chips do, but you won’t feel regrettably full afterwards.

Do opt for grilled chicken—skip burgers and hot dogs. Skipping out on carb overload and acid reflux will not make you regret this decision. Plus, you can save those extra calories for some delicious guacamole.

Don’t just sit there. Get moving. After the vegetable appetizers and a plate full of protein, your stomach should be pretty full and satisfied, so take some time to move around. Help clean up, or play a game of tag with the kids around the yard. Get your blood flowing so that you can have some guilt-free desert later! “Engaging in light physical activity such as walking or doing some housework after a meal definitely helps with food digestion and gets things moving,” says Rajnish Birla MD, a PIH Health Family Medicine physician. “A little activity can really go a long way, especially if you’ve had a large meal.”

Don’t overdo it. When it comes to dessert, keep your portions in mind and don’t overdo it. If you have your eyes on a treat (or two) that you will regret skipping later, then eat it— just make sure your eyes aren’t bigger than your stomach.

Don’t just take our word for it. Put yourself to the test and see how using these tips can help you make better choices!

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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