10 Healthy Eating Tips for Surviving Holiday Parties

10 healthy eating tips for surviving holiday parties

The holiday season brings an abundance of feasts, parties and indulgent foods. At home, work and social events, we are bombarded with sugary and high-fat treats that are difficult to turn down. In addition, meal planning and exercise are often punted to the back burner to make room for busy schedules.

The following are 10 tips for avoiding common diet pitfalls and enjoying the holidays in a healthy way:

1. Eat a healthy meal or snack before you go.
Filling up on a nourishing meal or snack before arriving can help you avoid overeating at the party.

2. Bring something healthy.
If you’re not sure you’ll find healthy choices at parties or gatherings, offer to bring something, such as a salad, vegetable dish or lean protein.

3. Fill at least half of your plate with fruits and vegetables.
Fruits and veggies are high volume and low calorie, so they will help you to feel full while crowding out calorie-dense foods.

4. Scan the buffet before you start to fill your plate.
Look at what is available and choose your top three foods, instead of filling your plate with options you don’t love.

5. Exercise portion control.
Selecting small portions of indulgent foods will allow you to enjoy a variety of the foods offered, while still controlling your calorie intake.

6. Don’t drink your calories.
Limit sugary and alcoholic beverages to one or two servings. Stick with lighter options such as sparkling water, tea, light beer or wine.

7. Eat mindfully.
Pace yourself and become more aware of what you are eating and drinking. Eat until you are satisfied, not stuffed.

8. Say no politely.
If you feel forced to eat the foods offered to you, learn to say no politely. Try: “No thank you, I couldn’t eat another bite. Everything tasted wonderful.”

9. Focus on socializing.
Make the holiday season about enjoying company, rather than the food.

10. Get moving.
Increasing physical activity can help balance out the additional calories eaten during the holiday season.

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