It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also the time when many of us fall off track on our nutrition and fitness because of holiday parties. No need to sweat, we’ve put together our top five tips to help you navigate the dessert table and more at holiday parties.
Don’t Go In Hungry:
When you’re planning on attending a holiday party filled with tasty treats, the idea of not eating all day to “save” your calories for the evening’s festivities can be tempting. But the reality is that this practice often leads us to binge eat at parties. Instead, eat healthy, satiating meals during the day so you’re not starving and tempted to eat the whole tray when mom brings out those holiday cookies. Try snacking on some macadamia nuts or almonds an hour or so before the party to help your body feel more satiated and not craving all those sugary sweets.
Give Yourself A Plan:
Often times, the food at holiday parties can be overwhelming as generous hosts put out dozens of options from cookies to cakes and everything in between. Head to the dessert table with a plan. Instead of sampling five or six treats, choose one or two that you really want to enjoy and savor that food. Really enjoy the taste and eat it slowly, taking in every bite and truly enjoying the food. Taking the time to savor your one dessert item will leave you feeling more satisfied than mindlessly snacking on five or six.
Minimize Your Alcohol Intake:
Navigating the food at holiday parties also means navigating the drink menu. Not only does alcohol load on extra calories, but it can also lead you to eat more than you normally would without the influence of alcohol. This is not to say that you need to stay sober during the holidays, we’re all for enjoying that whiskey with dad by the fire or a warm glass of eggnog while you catch up with Aunt Jane. However, limiting your alcohol intake during the holidays and interspersing your drinks with a nice cold glass of water can help to keep your nutrition in check during the holiday season.
Don’t Beat Yourself Up
It’s the most wonderful time of the year and if you find yourself eating one too many of grandma’s cookies or having a few too many happy hour drinks with an old friend, there’s no need to beat yourself up. Enjoy yourself in the moment and don’t get to stressed about what you’re eating or not eating. If you’re spending all your time worrying about how these foods will affect your waistline, you’re only going to cause yourself unwanted stress and you won’t be able to appreciate the real reason why you’re doing it. To have fun and spend time with the people you love.
Focus On Friends, Not Food
While food can be a wonderful part of holiday traditions, it can also be helpful to focus on having meaningful time and conversation with friends and family. Often, we find that when we’re engaged and having a wonderful time with friends and family, we forget about those cookie cravings and focus on the memories we’re making.