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Surviving a Holiday Party

12-15-2015

Now that the holiday party season is in full swing, you probably feel like you’re splurging everywhere you turn. Those more frequent splurges usually result in a few extra pounds this time of year, and if you’re trying to watch your calorie intake you know that holiday parties can be a challenge.

To help you get through the holiday season without those extra pounds, we’ve come up with some easy to remember tips for surviving your next holiday gathering.

Plan Your Day Accordingly

When you have a party planned for later in the day, start your day off right with a healthy breakfast that includes whole grains, fruit, low-fat or fat-free dairy, and protein such as eggs, ham, or peanut butter. Don’t starve yourself during the day leading up to the party. Instead, eat small, low-calorie meals throughout your day to ensure that you don’t overdo your calorie intake during the party.

Have a Healthy Food Strategy

Once the party starts, don’t rush to eat. Socialize and settle into the festivities first. Give yourself time to choose between foods you definitely want to eat, things you might like to try, and those items that you’ll skip. Fill half of your plate with healthy fruits and vegetables, a quarter of your plate with a starch, and the last quarter of your plate with a protein. Make sure you save some room for a small holiday treat!

Step Away From the Buffet Table

Once you’ve had a chance to make your food selections and mingle, move your socializing away from the buffet table and food trays. This will minimize unconscious nibbling. If you’re hosting a sit-down meal, consider setting up a buffet on a separate table to reduce the likelihood of grazing during conversation.

Watch Out For Liquid Calories

Alcohol and mixed drinks have a lot of hidden calories. By sticking to water you’ll keep your calorie intake down.

Have fun!

No one wants to spend the holiday season feeling deprived from their favorite treats. Enjoy a happy and healthy holiday season by keeping some of these holiday party survival tips in mind the next time you RSVP “yes”.

Categories: Healthy Eating