We are well into the holiday season, so I would like to share some helpful hints on how to navigate the final few weeks of holiday parties and celebrations.
Navigating holiday parties and celebrations presents an opportunity for lots of choices. Take the point of view of not being on or off your diet, or this is a good food or bad food, but rather how to make better choices based on what is in front of you.
Top Helpful Hints to Navigate Holiday Parties
- If you are going to indulge in the once a year special holiday food, enjoy, but leave the everyday indulges for another time.
- Eat slowly
- Pay attention to food ques that tell you that you are full
- Don’t Be Starving, eat your normal meals, including dinner before a cocktail party
- Add some movement/exercise to your day
- Check it ALL out first
- Scope out the healthier options BEFORE you indulge, ask yourself what are the better choices?
- If the choice is dip with chips or veggies, perhaps alternating between the veggies and chips
- Look at your portion sizes and/or use smaller plates. If you know you are choosing something that may not be the best choice and you want to indulge, make it “better” by having a little less and ENJOY
- Be aware who you are eating with, as we tend to eat more around different people. Choose who you are eating with wisely. While eating, sit/stand next to the healthiest eater you can find!
- Fill your plate with veggies and fruit first, then add protein, carbs and fats
- Eat less of the fried and “doughy” options
- See if you can find out the menu a head of time to help plan and make better choices
- Choose water as your first drink and have it poured into your favorite alcoholic drink glass
- Wine or beer will be less caloric than a mixed/juice cocktail (tall skinny glasses work best if you choose a mixed drink)
- If you have food sensitivities and love “that” food, think how it makes you feel… Is it worth it?
- You can bring a small healthy snack with you
- If contributing to a Pot Luck, bring a dish that you know is healthy and you feel good eating
- Avoid standing next to the hors d’oeuvres or buffet table
- If you make one better choice than you typically do, consider that a successful event!
- Surprise! The party is about being social, not the food. As a former caterer, this is still hard for me to believe, but it is true!
What ever you choose, be kind and compassionate to yourself. Learning to diet without dieting is about being on target 80% of the time, it’s about Progress, NOT Perfection!
Wishing you all a future filled with Healhy Choices, Fitness and Happiness!