7 Hacks for Not Wrecking Your Diet at the Cookout

Follow these tips and simple swaps so you can stay healthy while enjoying the food.

7 Hacks for Not Wrecking Your Diet at the Cookout

Summer cookouts and picnics can be tough for anyone to navigate with all the delicious and indulgent food. Maybe you've set a weight-loss goal for yourself this year, or you've just started the System Oz wellness plan. No matter where you are in life, here are essential tips to remember so you can go to the cookout and enjoying yourself while staying on track with your diet.

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Studies show that people who have soup before a meal eat 20% fewer calories. Try making this Healthy One-Pot Tomato Soup ahead of time so you have a bowl ready when you need it before a gathering. Tomato is a natural diuretic that will beat bloat, and garlic can even help boost your immune system.

Feel out of control of your eating habits? Or perhaps you feel you control your eating a little too much? Mallika Chopra, a meditation and wellness coach — as well as the author of numerous mindfulness books for kids and adults, leads you in this simple and calming meditation to focus on nourishing your body and mind.

For more mindfulness tips from Mallika, check out her website and her book "Living With Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace, and Joy."

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