One of my favorite things about this time of year is the parties!! The social butterfly in me thrives on these get-togethers, I try to go to as many as I can! Even if you aren’t an extrovert, you probably at least have a work holiday function you have to intend, or some type of family deal. And we all know that there is an overwhelming amount of unhealthy temptation at such events…alcohol, food and endless amounts of sweets. Most people give up on their health goals this month, assuming they can fix everything with their New Year’s resolutions.
DON’T BE ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE!!
Let’s be real, resolutions generally don’t last more than a few weeks anyways. So why not learn to balance holiday indulgence with your healthy lifestyle? It’s totally possible. Here are a few tips for avoiding some of that temptation:
1. Eat before you go! It doesn’t have to be anything big, but eating a salad or some fresh fruit or veggies will fill you up with the good stuff so you have less room for the bad stuff. Definitely don’t show up hungry…
2. Splurge only on what you really love. Sugar cookies your thing? Eggnog? Bacon-wrapped scallops? Don’t eat everything just because it’s there, eat the things you’ll derive the most pleasure from. No point in wasting the calories on food you don’t get super excited about.
3. Focus on activities and conversation. Are there people you want to chat with or fun party games going on? Participate! The more distracted you are, the less likely you’ll be to hang out by the food table. Often we overeat because we are craving something else, love, acceptance, connection, or just because we are bored. This tip banishes all of that. Feed your appetite for love, not your appetite for sugar.
4. Sweat it out. Try to get some movement in during the day before the event, and definitely the morning after. Exercise boosts endorphins and decreases appetite, and I know for me it makes me WANT to eat healthy. I crave the good stuff like no other after I work out. Plus, if you do indulge, you know you at least did something good for your body.
5. Along the same lines, eat healthy all day. Make yourself oatmeal or a green smoothie for breakfast, salad, soup or a veggie bowl for lunch and cut up veggies as a snack. If you set the stage early for healthy eating, a little indulgence won’t kill you.
Holiday parties don’t have to be stressful! Follow my tips and keep yourself from spiraling downward. Don’t wait till January 1st, make that New Year’s resolution work for you now!