Healthy Eating at Holiday Parties
Holiday parties are what this time of year is all about. Getting together with family and friends and appreciating the relationships we have in our lives is a true blessing. The challenge is maintaining the healthy eating and lifestyle habits at the appetizer and dessert tables that always accompany these functions.
Arm yourself for your next holiday party by being prepared ahead of time using these simple steps from our expert contributors.
Don’t Go to a Party Hungry
If you go to a party hungry you are more likely to eat anything that you set your eyes on rather than just little pickings of healthy food. Try to eat well during the day that the party is on. Try to eat as many of the low fat items on offer rather than the usual high fat fried foods usually available at parties, and watch your portion size – just put enough on your plate to satisfy the hunger rather than to try and full yourself up.
Snack on Protein
Having high protein snacks between meals, such as nuts, yogurt or an egg, will ensure your tummy stays full throughout the day and resisting temptation later on will be much easier!
Quench your Thirst Often
Thirst is mistaken for hunger – by ensuring you get enough water throughout the day (about 2 litres) you will be less likely to be thinking about what you can eat next and enjoy the party instead! It is also a good idea to alternate between alcoholic drinks and water while out and about during the festive season – this will cut your calorie intake in half and keep you hydrated!
Cut the Sugar
The more sugar you eat, the more you crave. So if you are snacking on lots of festive sweet treats and find you can’t stop yourself, this is why! Try and substitute sweet treats with ‘better sweets’ such as yogurt and fruit or dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate. You will feel much better for it!
It may be the festive season and there are lots of parties and social events to attend with all your friends, but why not think of healtheir ways to catch up.
We all know what makes us gain weight, it’s the carbs and fats. So this Holiday Season, try to choose wisely! Stick to shrimp cocktail, veggies and just take a couple small bites of the foods you just can’t pass up.
Stand up as much as you can and mingle more than you eat! It is the Holiday Seaon so enjoy yourself! The trick is to focus on the people, not the food!