Right, as I promised in my last blog post, here are some handy hints on how to survive the party season. The holidays are a great time for us to gather with family and friends to celebrate. And the way we all do it is through our tummies! Now if you’ve been working really hard at eating well and exercising, losing weight or maintaining, this might be a nightmarish time for you. The last thing you want to do is over indulge and undo all that hard work. But just by having a few tricks up your sleeve, there’s no reason why can’t have lots of fun without over eating (and drinking!) and sabotaging all your work. So what to do?
Prepare for the party
No I don’t mean going out to get the hair cut, or that manicure or pedicure. I’m talking preparing yourself mentally. One of the biggest mistakes you can make before heading for a party is to skip a meal or arrive hungry. Instead make sure you do have a healthy snack before you leave your home. Try natural yoghurt with honey, some fresh fruit, or a handful of nuts. That way when you are tempted by all that high fat food, you won’t over do it.
Take your own food
No, you don’t have to pack yourself a three course meal. As a guest you can take your own healthy offering of food to the party. Make your own healthy dish from scratch. that way, you’ve not only made an effort but you’ll know exactly what’s in that food too instead of all the ready made finger food that is most likely to be available. And you’re also offering other guests a healthy option too.
Wear nice fitted clothes
This really works! Have you ever noticed that you’re more likely to stop eating when your jeans feel tighter as opposed to when you’re wearing loose fitted clothes? That’s because when we feel loose clothes, we don’t feel that direct uncomfortable feeling. So yes, go wear that clingy dress and because you want to look good in it, you’re less likely to over indulge!
Be mindful at the party
The thing about celebrations is about being focused on enjoying the time with your family and friends. During meal time try and fill your plate mostly with vegetables. Try not to overindulge but at the same time don’t feel like you should avoid items either. Choose items that may not be so healthy in smaller portions and really savour the taste.
Keep on eye on the booze
We all love a good drink at this time of year and why shouldn’t we? But avoid drinking beverages at that are too high in sugar and calories. I’m talking cocktails here. So have them but don;t make every drink a cocktail – have a spirit with a low cal mixer as well. As we know alcohol is pretty much empty calories and when we over do it, our inhibitions are lowered and we’re more likely to overeat.
remember one, two or three days of over eating and drinking is not going to do us any long-term harm. But carry it on for the whole two weeks of the holiday season and you’ll be entering 2012 heavier than you are now!
Oh and if you have any of your own tips, please share!