I absolutely love sharing tips and tricks to healthy eating. This holiday season I hosted a week long group on Facebook, focusing on healthy eating through the holidays. It has so much success that I couldn’t resist sharing all this amazing information with all you readers!
I know that eating healthy with all the family, friends and work Christmas events that you have going on can be challenging but it’s possible!
Here are my top tips to eating healthy when going out to Christmas parties.
- Eat your veggies! Almost every event that I have gone to has some sort of fruit or veggie platter. Load up on this but skip the dip! Veggies are great to snack on but won’t make you feel stuffed or bloated the next day
- Avoid fried or battered foods. These seem to be really popular at Christmas events but don’t give in! They won’t help you feel full or any better at the end of the night
- Avoid sugary drinks. Skip the punch or the hot chocolate. Look for drinks such as soda water, fruit infused water or even a small glass of red wine. If you are going to drink skip the sugary mixed drinks, they will contribute to a hangover.
- Water! Drink it! Make sure to drink a full glass of water before during and after the event. It will help keep you hydrated (which your body can mask as hunger) and help you feel full so you don’t overindulge on food
- Bring your own food. Talk to the host and offer to bring a plate of food. Be sure to bring something healthy that you love so that you know there will for sure be one item that you are confident won’t detrail your healthy eating.
- Don’t go to the event starving! Make sure to have a healthy snack before you go. No need to have a full dinner, but enough to curb any hunger that you may have, especially if you are coming straight from work. Skipping meals will leave to overindulgence once you get to the event because you are so hungry.
- Avoid sauces, gravy, whip cream etc. These really add up in calories quickly
- If dinner is being served skip the appetizers. If you are absolutely needing to eat before dinner is served grab a handful of veggies, fruit or soda water to help curb your hunger
- Eat smaller portion sizes. It’s ok to eat the things that you really like, even if they may not be the best for you, but just take a small amount. It can be so easy to pile up on everything but resist! Take a small plate and take healthy items that you love. Don’t overfill your plate and try to keep space between your items (this will help prevent you from taking too much food at once). If you are still hungry after you ate. Wait and drink some water. If you are still hungry go back for more food following the same strategy.
- Make sure to catch up with friends and coworker. It’s hard to overeat when you are talking a lot, because no one wants to see you chewing while talking 🙂
Check back tomorrow for part 2 of this 7 part series.