P90x and Entertaining – 4th of July

The 4th of July holiday weekend is fast approaching, and it’s time to start thinking about how to stick with your P90x nutrition plan in the land of BBQs, fireworks, and out-of-town visitors. Don’t worry, with a little planning, it is very possible to stay on-plan while entertaining guests – and they don’t even have to know you’re on a diet!

The key, of course, is my mantra – plan ahead! You’re going to need to be even more detailed for the weekend of the Fourth so that you know what (or what types of) food you’re going to eat.

The most difficult question (that you need to ask yourself before you’re in the situation), is where do you want to use your carb serving? On a whole wheat bun for your burger? Baked beans? Mac and Cheese?

If you are hosting or contributing some dishes:
This is definitely the easiest scenario, because it allows you to control what is offered.

BBQ Ideas:
Bacon Wrapped Chicken Shish Kabobs (your guests will never know you’re dieting if you serve this one!)
Olive and Feta Turkey Burgers (eat yours protein style, or buy whole wheat hamburger buns)
Top Sirloin or Flank Steak (cut into 6 oz. portions for everyone so that you know how much you’re getting)
– BBQ Chicken (do boneless skinless on the grill and just brush periodically with BBQ sauce)
– Lean Turkey Kielbasa (a serving is 2 oz., and a typical package is 14-16 oz. cut into 4 oz. pieces)

– Canned fat-free baked beans heated in the slow cooker (Add chunk turkey ham. Stick to 1 cup, and count it as 1 carb and one protein serving)
Healthy Baked Mac and Cheese (double or triple this recipe and make a couple of big pans)
Greek Olive and Feta Salad
Mandarin Orange Salad
Burnt Green Beans
– Angela’s Hummus Deviled Eggs

Chocolate Filled Strawberries
Candied Almonds (from the Mandarin Orange Salad recipe, if you’re not already using it. Limit yourself to 1 oz. If you’re concerned about estimating on the spot, separate out 1 oz. portions into little Dixie cups ahead-of time, so that you know that 1 cup is all you can have!)

If you have no control over what is served:
– Chicken – choose this if possible. If it has sauce on it, count it as 1/2 condiment serving.
– Steak or burgers – Any red meat offered will probably not be lean, so if you have it, count it as your fat serving too. Carry a deck of cards in your pocket – that is the equivalent of a 3 oz. serving of meat. Estimate your portions against that so that you can keep track of where you are. Eat it protein style. If you have it with a bun, that is your carb – don’t eat any starchy sides.
– Potato salad, pasta salad, baked beans – Not ideal because you don’t know exactly what is in it. Limit yourself to a portion half the size of your fist, and count it as 1 carb, 1 condiment, and 1/2 fat.
– Fruit salad – Undressed, this is fine. Just stick to a fist-sized portion and count it as your fruit. If dressed, count it as 1/2 condiment.
– Don’t have dessert!!! Promise yourself some Chocolate-Filled Strawberries, a Cinnamon Baked Apple with Walnuts, or P90x Candy when you get home! =)

I hope some of these ideas help you stick to P90x over your Fourth of July weekend!
– CJ =)

P.S. Remember, the holidays are NOT ABOUT FOOD. They are about people. This is your opportunity to invest in the people you love. Make sure your focus is on the right thing!

P.P.S. I’d like to tell you that while it is very important for you to stick to the nutrition plan for P90x, it is more important for you to get back on the wagon and stick with it if you have an off day. Understand me – I’m not giving you permission to cheat here, but I am telling you that if you mess up, don’t let it derail you completely! Stick with it. You have made a great commitment to change your life and body with P90x. You will get much better results if you stick with the nutrition religiously. But pretty much anything is better than sitting on your couch! So do your best over the holiday, plan ahead, make it work for you as much as you can control. But most of all, don’t let anything stop you from pressing play and sticking with your full 90 days!

More after the holiday! – CJ =)

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