Barracks - Nutricion, avoid party pitfalls
CheeseBall - Dec 18, 2007 - 12:48 AM
Post subject: Nutricion, avoid party pitfalls
Between office events and family gatherings, your calendar is likely packed with holiday parties—and holiday food. With some simple tips from Start Making Choices™, you can confidently conquer these potential food land mines. We've got ideas on everything from curbing return trips to the buffet table to satisfying your sweet tooth without overdoing it. Read on for more tips to help you stay balanced throughout the holiday season.
Don't go hungry.
Resist the urge to "save" your calories for the party by skipping meals beforehand. You'll likely end up feasting on high-calorie foods to make up for the deficit.
Offer to bring a healthy dish to the party—a fruit tray, veggies and low-cal dip, or whole-grain crackers and low-fat cheese spread. It's helpful to the hostess and guarantees at least one healthy option.
Fill up on fiber.
Snack on an apple or baby carrots an hour before the party. You'll feel full when faced with tempting party food trays, so you'll be less likely to overeat.
Buffets are perfect for picky eaters. Take your time perusing the spread. Opt for only the hors d'oeuvres that look best to you.
Get off to a good start.
If you're at a buffet, load your plate with fresh veggies for the first go-round. You'll feel fuller when or if you head back for round two.
Mingle while you munch.
Step away from the buffet and get to know the party guests. Socializing will stop you from overeating to fill the silence.
Slow down and enjoy.
Why rush? Eat slowly and savor every delicious bite. Your body will recognize it's full before you overdo it.
Sip on water throughout the party. This helps curb both food and alcohol intake.
Single out a sweet.
Everyone has a favorite holiday dessert. Indulge in the one treat you truly enjoy instead of grazing on several so-so sweets.
Leave without leftovers.
Avoid any post-party slipups. Keep temptation at bay—and out of your fridge—by leaving empty-handed.
Remember Drive safe or designate.
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