Celebrate Independence Day
The 4th of July is a wonderful time to spend with family and friends enjoying our freedoms. Independence Day has been celebrated as the birth of the United States from 1776 until the present day, but wasn’t a national holiday until 1941. As we head into the holiday weekend, it is great to celebrate this holiday with family events and outings, concerts, parades, and of course fireworks.
For more interesting facts and info on the 4th of July, see the article on the History Channel’s website with videos and fun facts.
The family gathering of choice tends to be the traditional barbeque. Whether at the beach, park, or the backyard; families and friends gather for food, drinks, and activities. Keeping your health in mind tends to fall to the wayside with the selection of hot dogs, desserts, and snacks. But staying healthy doesn’t have to be a chore. Here are some helpful tips and ideas to keep your 4th of July a little healthier.
1) Drink Plenty of Water. Staying hydrated on a hot summer day is always difficult. Water will aid in digestion and calorie burn as well as helping with the heat. If you’re active, be sure to drink before and after any activity to prevent heat exhaustion or sun stroke.
2) Use Whole Wheat Breads and buns. White breads are less healthy than their whole wheat counterparts.
3) Grill Lean Meats. Have a variety of leaner meats on the grill along with the traditional hot dogs etc.
4) Practice Portion Control. Make an effort to limit how much of each food you eat. Sometimes making a variety of sized burgers will offer more manageable options and help prevent over eating.
5) Grill Veggies and eat more of them. Fill your plate with more veggies than heavier foods such as meats and chips.
6) Don’t Skip Meals. Not eating until that one large meal can have negative effects on your sugar and energy levels. This may also cause you to over eat during that one large meal due to hunger. Keeping your normal routine and eating throughout the day will help keep your metabolism active and working to burn calories.
7) Stay Active. Keeping active will assist with calorie burn and keep your body burning fat instead of absorbing it. From simple activities like walking and dancing, to more active ones like playing yard games or biking; will keep the calorie burn high and reduce weight gain.
8) Use Alcohol Responsibly. Alcohol is present at many gatherings and events. Be aware of your intake and be sure to drink water along with those beverages to prevent dehydration. If you will be consuming alcohol, arrange for a designated driver.
9) Keep Foods Covered/Refrigerated. Wasps, ants, and bees may be attracted to your food and can cause irritation and or serious allergic reactions. And if some foods require to be refrigerated, don’t leave them out too long to prevent foodborne illness. US FDA suggests never leaving food out more than one hour in temperatures around 90 degrees.
10) Wear Sunscreen and Move to the Shade Often. UV rays can be very damaging to your skin and cause early signs of aging as well as many skin disorders or cancer. For prolonged exposure, be sure to use a minimum sun screen of SPF 15 and re apply as directed on the packaging.
11) Check Medications. Some medications may cause a sun-sensitizing reaction. Check your medications to be aware of this as well as just making sure you have any prescription medications that you need throughout the day.
No one wants to end the day feeling unhealthy or run down for the rest of the weekend. Follow some of these tips and keep your holiday weekend fun and energy filled. From everyone at Upstate HomeCare, The Best for Getting Better; have a very healthy and happy 4th of July!