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Summer is just around the corner! That means you’re about to break out the shorts, sandals and, of course, the grill. That’s right. Barbecue season is upon us. Who doesn't love a good BBQ? It's a chance to spend quality time with family and enjoy trying out some killer new recipes. The challenge for many of us is resisting the temptation to reach for those fattening and unhealthy food choices that derail our hard work.
I want you to know that you can have a great grilling season filled with food, fun, and relaxation without derailing your efforts. And it’s super easy to do! You just have to remember two important things. Ready?
That’s it. Seriously. That’s all you have to do. It might take a little willpower at times, but the reward is too great to let a little temptation bring you down. I am the “undiet” doctor. Diets just don’t work. What works is making lifestyle choices that you can live with every day. So, rather than bumming yourself out by feeling like you have to stick to an impossible diet all season long, condition yourself to make smart nutritional choices.
Here are my suggestions for enjoying delicious meals without jeopardizing your Health Hero status:
Let’s not forget the 80/20 rule. It goes like this: eat healthy 80 percent of the time and enjoy some of your favorite foods 20 percent of the time. By not feeling completely deprived, you’ll stick with purposeful healthy eating and honor your commitment to foods that nourish your body and soul.
Nothing ruins a party faster than food poisoning. See my prescriptions below for my favorite grilling safety tips. Healthy eating does not have to be boring! Yes, food is medicine. Yes, your nutrition is key to living a long and purposeful life. But your options are endless. When you commit to making good nutrition a part of your daily routine, you’ll reap the benefits of better health and a happier life. So fire up the grill, nourish yourself with delicious, healthy food and enjoy a little time off with family and friends.
Make healthy living a part of every day. The light in me honors the light in you.
Find this and other health-promoting articles by Dr. Partha Nandi on his website, Ask Dr. Nandi.
A survivor of rheumatic heart disease, Dr. Partha Nandi M.D., F.A.C.P. grew up to become one of America’s leading patient advocates. His devotion towards educating and empowering others to “Be Your Own Health Hero” stemmed from the empathy and care he received from his father and his first Health Hero, Dr. Chandrasekhar, during his 10 day stay in the hospital and yearlong recovery.
After graduating at the top of his class and obtaining a medical degree at Wayne State University, Dr. Partha Nandi completed his gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and has been a practicing physician for over 20 years. Throughout his career, Dr. Nandi authored several publications and spoke at TedX, college commencements, charity events, and international conferences, advocating ways to improve the quality and access to health care. He has also collaborated with The World Health Organization and partnered with the Ministries of Health in Jamaica and India.
Dr. Partha Nandi currently practices gastroenterology full-time in Detroit, Michigan, where he holds the title of Chief Health Editor for WXYZ ABC Detroit. He is also the creator and host of a medical lifestyle television show, Ask Dr. Nandi, and a speaker at conferences and premier medical meetings to share his mission and empower everyone “To Be Your Own Health Hero.”