Countless times, you go to a party and there are endless amounts of food options most of which are not considered “healthy”. But you have just started your weight loss journey and these sort of parties can derail you from that.
Let’s use a holiday as an example: Thanksgiving.
I used this one because it is the hardest to avoid and the easiest to overeat. I mean let’s be real, Thanksgiving is all about the “Big F” … FOOD! (For me, it’s the “Big 3 F’s” … food, family and football.)
Here are my tips for before, during and after the big holiday celebration.
Before You Arrive
Whether you eat a meal or something small, eating before you head out to a party is critical. This way you will still be hungry when you get there but you won’t be starving to the point where you’ll eat everything in sight.
2. Bring Tupperware.
This might seem a little strange or even rude. But if it is a good friend or a family member, they will understand. At the end of these parties, people are bound to have leftovers, especially stuff they want to get rid of and not have in their house. Leftover veggie tray, fruit salad, or even a protein like meat or hummus. Grab a Tupperware and take some of it home … the healthy stuff that is.
3. Make it a cheat day.
It is imperative that you have a day where you eat whatever you want because you have worked so hard toward your weight loss goals. And frankly, it is needed for your sanity. Plan ahead and if you know of the party ahead of time, make it your cheat day and sweat it out in the gym the next day.
During the Party
You go to the party and you are ready to go. While drinking, eating socializing can consume all of your time, take a moment and drink some water. Even when you first arrive, ask them if they have a bottle or glass of water. Start off the night with that so you won’t feel as hungry or eat as much.
5. Avoid the “tempting” foods.
Chips, dip, cookies and pastries are irresistible. And trust me, when you go to a party especially during the holidays you need to indulge. Just be smart about it! Have a cookie or two and skip the pastries. Or if they have sour cream and onion dip (my personal favorite) dip some pretzels in it instead of potato chips. Think smart but also don’t sacrifice.
6. Be mindful of portions.
My favorite thing is a buffet or family style because you get to choose what you want to eat and are able to avoid those bad foods easier. Appetizers can be your worst enemy because of the plethora of them. Be mindful that just because they are small bites, doesn’t mean they don’t pack a punch. Have a few of these bite-sized goodies and then enjoy the meal later on. Or skip them all together and have a decent sized meal when it arrives. It is so easy to eat a bunch of appetizers and then overeat when the big meal comes.
After the Party
Don’t stress about feeling like you ate too much or that you feel like you’re going to gain weight from one night. Enjoy it, relax and you can work extra hard the next day if you feel that way.
8. Use those leftovers.
Remember when I said to bring Tupperware? Well you ended up snagging some leftover chicken and some vegetables form the veggie platter. You can roast those veggies with some olive oil and salt and cut up the chicken and put it over some brown rice for a fantastic meal later in the week.