The holidays are a time for celebration and fun, but they can be difficult for people trying to lose weight and stick to a healthy diet. Co-workers are always bringing sweet snacks, baked goods, and desserts to the office. Holiday parties and family gatherings tend to be filled with enough food to feed an army, alcoholic drinks, and sinfully sweet desserts, all of which can pack calories and throw a healthy diet off track.
Here are some tips for maintaining a healthy diet during holiday parties:
Don’t go to a party hungry: There’s no such thing as “saving up” calories by eating less or not eating before going to an event. In reality, you’ll just be hungry and will wind up overeating. A better option is to eat a healthy snack before the party so you aren’t tempted to overindulge.
Bring some healthy snacks: Bring healthy alternatives to your favorite party foods, such as yogurt-based dips, deviled eggs, or a twist on your grandmother’s special cookies by substituting almond flour for regular. Most hosts will be happy to add your option to the spread if you bring enough to share.
Make healthy choices: Many parties have vegetable trays with guacamole or hummus dip. Fill up on these healthy options instead of candy and desserts.
Limit alcohol intake: Alcoholic drinks, especially ones mixed with juices and colas, tend to have lots of calories and sugar. Limit yourself to one or two. You also can choose low-calorie drinks like vodka instead of beer or wine.
Eat mindfully: If you’ve been looking forward to your co-worker’s red velvet cake, for example, go for it. Take your time and enjoy it; you’ll be less likely to overindulge.
Get lots of rest: Well-rested people tend to make better decisions, so get a good night’s sleep before going to those holiday parties.
Don’t stay near the buffet table: It’s easy, really. If you aren’t near the food, you’ll be less likely to graze throughout the event.