Okay, let’s face it, this can be a very difficult time of year to eat healthy and maintain your weight. There are work parties, holiday parties, after work events, and family parties. Everywhere you look there are cookies, pastries, drinks and candy! While one can be looking forward to the gatherings, it can become pretty stressful.
Temptations are plentiful at parties, but celebrations don’t have to mean overindulgence. Follow these 5 tips to stay on track through this holiday season.
1 – Don’t go to functions starving, eat before you go. It is okay to be hungry. You know you are going to eat something, just don’t be so ravenous that you just start eating everything in sight. Before you head out think out eating a healthy snack like a banana with some peanut butter or an apple with a hardboiled egg. The protein will fill you up and you will be less likely to binge.
2 – Take a walk around, survey the food before you start filling your plate. You want to know all your options before you start filling your plate. Try to stick to healthier, low calorie snacks and foods. Be choosy, and stick to proper serving sizes.
3 – Have the foods that you wouldn’t normally eat if you were home or really enjoy. Don’t waste calories on fattening dips, potato chips, french fries or pig in a blanket that you can get anytime. Spend your calories on the good stuff.
4 – Be strategic about your alcohol consumption. Drink a glass of water before you go to the event, upon arrival and in between each alcoholic beverage. This will keep you well hydrated and keep you mindful of how much you are drinking. Try to avoid anything that is mixed with soda because of its empty calories. Stick to wine or spritzers. If you have a cocktail, go for the one that is mixed with club soda or tonic water. For juice-based drinks, ask the bartender to put a spritz of seltzer in with it.
5 – Position yourself away from the food. Look for a seat; you are likely to eat less when you are sitting down. Standing next to the food or the bar makes it easier to graze throughout the event.
While you certainly want to enjoy the food and drink, you don’t have to derail all your hard work and healthy eating at one event. If you do overindulge, get over it. It is only one event. Try to have a better plan for the next one. Enjoy happy times together, focus the event, not the food and make it memorable.