Healthy options for your holiday parties!
Tis the season for holiday parties, a bit of bubbly and likely some overindulging.
How can you enjoy your holiday work parties, family parties and host your own party without wrecking your diet?
The average American is likely to gain over 5 pounds during the holidays. That is a huge set back for most of us, and only makes New Year’s resolutions more stressful. I’m here to help guide you through the party scene this holiday season!
Whether you are at a work party, family party or hosting your own gathering, it is likely that the booze and bubbly will be flowing. It’s okay to indulge and celebrate, just make sure you stay hydrated. Alcohol is very dehydrating, which can lead to wicked hangovers. Drink 8 oz of water in between each glass of wine or cocktail. This will help keep your body hydrated, slow down your drinking, and make sure you enjoy (and remember) the party.
Another trick if you are not in the mood to drink, or have an early start the next day, but still want to please the host by enjoying a cocktail….order club soda on the rocks with lime. Looks like a cocktail, but will save you from an awful hangover the next day! I love using this trick when hosting a party at our house, or at work parties!
Food seems to be the next hurdle at many holiday gatherings. So many options, perhaps you have been dieting all year, and now is your chance to indulge and enjoy? Nope, sorry, it doesn’t work like that. Regardless of your physical or mental goals this year with food, overindulging at a holiday party will not help anyone. Think portion control. See a few appetizers you’d like to try? Try them! Just limit the portion size, aim for a teaspoon to a tablespoon portion. This will allow you to try three maybe four different appetizers. Your taste buds will be happy, and your waistline will thank you!
Food allergies, vegan, or following a strict diet at the moment? No problem! Have a small meal, smoothie, or some protein before the party. This will ensure that your belly is satiated, and you are not drinking on an empty stomach, but will also save you in case there is nothing for you to eat. Best case scenario, there are a few appetizers that you can have -- awesome! Have a few small tastes, and enjoy. As someone who is gluten free and dairy free, I frequently run into this issue, and typically make a smoothie with protein, fat, and fiber in it prior to the event.
Desserts. You successfully handled the drinks and the food, now the desserts are served. Although this may seem like the most difficult party of the evening for some, the same rules apply here. Portion control. It’s okay to taste the pumpkin pie and the brownie, but limit the size. Taste a teaspoon or tablespoon of each!
Enjoy the holiday party season, know that you can go out, have fun, and indulge a bit. The key is to indulge mindfully. Don’t let one evening ruin goals you have been working towards all year.