Updated: May 18
I am a huge proponent of enjoying all that life has to offer in a balanced way, this means we need to break the all-or-nothing mentality and ditch deprivation, especially when it comes to food. I like to head into the holiday season with this same mentality. In my personal and clinical experience in my nutrition practice, I notice that when we drop the excess vs. deprivation mindset, there is no need for extreme diets or workouts to fix things afterwards. I personally believe this is the best way to achieve a healthy relationship with food.
That being said, parties can be a source of temptation! So, when heading out to parties, I have a few tricks to keep myself in check and make sure I don’t overindulge and fee terrible afterwards. I personally follow these when heading out to parties and have found they help me a lot to enjoy food in moderation and wake up feeling energized rather than sluggish the next morning:
Drink plenty of pure water throughout the day: We simply tend to over eat when we are dehydrated;
Have a protein-rich snack before heading to a party: This will help you control your portions much better. My go-to protein-snacks are: a handful of nuts, veggies with hummus or a few spoons of Greek yogurt with berries and true cinnamon;
Take a moment to gather yourself before heading to a party: feeling stressed, anxious or simply excited? Take a moment to slow down, breathe and put yourself in a good frame of mind. Decide in advance that you will enjoy food and drinks in moderation. This exercise helps a lot!
At a party, keep your alcohol consumption at 2-3 glasses maximum 🙂
Choose the best options available to you: fill your plate with veggies and salads; choose grilled and steamed over fried foods and enjoy foods in moderation. Remember, you can always have more at a later time, you don’t need to eat it all at that party.
And most importantly, enjoy yourself!
Happy Healthy Holidays