Celebrate These July Observances in Healthy Ways
By Brandi Goodman
Each month, new observances get celebrated. Throughout the month of July, there are lots of occasions to consider. When you do, be sure you're celebrating them in a healthy way that won't have you engaging in unhealthy habits. Your health and wellness matter no matter what the chosen observance for the day.
National Cell Phone Courtesy Month
Cell Phone Courtesy Month urges you to look at your phone habits. Are you constantly on your phone even in the same space as others? Frequent phone use in itself is a habit you should break. Looking down at your phone for hours can hurt your eyes, neck, shoulders, and spine. Being on the phone in the presence of others can be seen as rude, so trying to limit time spent on your devices is good in numerous ways. Try to set time limits for your phone use during this month and maintain the practice thereafter.
National Grilling Month
Get out and grill while you can. The nice weather is the perfect time to be grilling meat and veggies outdoors. Don't opt for thick cuts of steak and lots of red meat, though. These are fine to eat occasionally, but should not be consumed in regular amounts. Grill chicken and lean cuts of meat instead that pack in the protein while remaining on the lower side of a calorie count. You can grill vegetables as well to make them tastier to eat. Some seasoning is fine, but avoid the sodium-heavy marinades and extra salt.
National Hot Dog Day
National Hot Dog Day arrives on July 21. Enjoy a hot dog if you want, but be sure you're choosing healthier versions. That 99 cents pack you can get at the store has far too much sodium and is high in calories. Try an organic version of grass-fed, all-beef. The uncured packages will have far less sodium in them. You should also use minimal condiments and opt for a whole wheat bun instead of white.
National Picnic Month
Picnic Month arrives at the perfect time during the peak of summer. Going on a picnic can be a fun adventure, especially if you make it more health-conscious. Walk or bike to a nearby park instead of driving. Bring something to do so you can enjoy an activity before or after your meal. You should also work on packing nutritious foods compared to the options. Make some mini sandwiches using whole wheat bread and lean meat. Bring bottled water for everyone to drink. Pack some fruits and veggies. You don't need white bread subs and chips for the occasion.
Always do what you can to keep your celebrations healthy. Your well-being matters no matter the occasion. There are still plenty of ways to celebrate and enjoy the holiday or observance of your choosing, even when thinking of your health.
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