Dec 20, 2012

Eating Smart at Holiday Parties

8 Fail-proof Tips for Eating Healthy
at Holiday Parties

Please note that some of these tips might be a bit contradictory. You should pick the tips that work best for you, and not look at this as a step-by-step guide to be adopted wholesale.
  1. Eat before you go. This was by far the most popular tip, and probably the most useful. Fill up on healthy foods at home.
  2. Place limits. Try a 2 plate limit, and a 2 drink limit.
  3. Plan ahead. Find out the menu ahead of time and make healthy choices, before you go.
  4. Drink lots of water and eat fruits and veggies. You can eat as many veggies as you want without consuming many calories. Just avoid dipping sauces and dressings.
  5. Have a big salad before the main course. Again, avoid too much dressing, and go for the lighter dressings.
  6. Log what you eat, so you’ll be more aware of it.
  7. Bring your own. If it’s a potluck-style gathering, cook something healthy and bring it with you.
  8. Just try to eat healthy most of the week, and relax when you are at social gatherings. This is one of my favorite tips. :) You don’t need to eat healthy all the time. This is the tip I usually follow, but you’ve got to come up with other strategies when you’re going to social gatherings almost every night of the week (I couldn’t help it this past week, but it’s not my usual schedule).
Thanks to: for these suggestions!

Tonight I am hitting the family party - the Menu?  Waffles, Sausage, Choc. MIlk, OJ, Ham, Potatoes, Syrup, Cool whip, etc.  Breakfast for dinner can be a killer -
so I'm looking for strategies...  I need Help!

What are your strategies for eating healthy (or not) when you’re out at social gatherings? Share in the comments!

1 comment:

Chelsea said...

Good post! I always make sure I get a good (high calorie burn) workout almost every day of the holiday. It is hard to take a break from exercise AND not eat all those treats and enjoy the holiday cheer. One or the other for me, and I prefer the treats over the extra hour of sleep. After the holidays are over, I buckle back down on my eating!