Your Healthy Holiday Survival Guide
The Office Party
- Keep your alcohol in check. Besides the added calories- no one wants to be the trending topic in the office the next day. Slow yourself down with glasses of water between cocktails. Leave the eggnog behind and stick with wine, beer or drinks made without any juice or added sugar. If your favorite alcoholic beverage goes down like water, switch to something a little stronger that paces you naturally.
- Buy a new outfit. Nothing like a brand new, perfectly-fitting dress to make you not want to overeat – especially if you didn’t buy it ‘on sale’. Same goes for a brand-new suit that fits like a glove. You don’t want to have to squeeze into your new outfit on the day of the party or have it hang in your closet afterward with your other “skinny” clothes.
- Mingle, mingle, mingle. Chatting with people is why the party is being held. You should be busy creating delightful conversations and networking – not chewing and talking with your mouth full!
Happy Hour or Dinner at a Restaurant
- Limit alcohol (again). This time, instead of only being concerned about being the trending topic at the office, you must remember that calories from alcohol definitely add up – and rather quickly. Try to keep to a one drink limit per get-together.
- Know your weakness. Bread? Dessert? Alcohol? As much as I want to say you can have all three, it’s not a good idea if you’re watching your weight. Bargain with yourself on which indulgence you truly can’t do without and enjoy only that one.
- Choose your weapon. And by “weapon,” I mean healthy meal components. Being mindful when ordering is imperative. Veggies? Yes, please. Piece of fish? Don’t mind if I do. Water? Keep pouring. Cheeseburger with fries? Maybe next time.
- Be the leader. If possible, choose the place to meet up with your friends so you know the menu options. And remember, it’s really more about the celebration with friends and family than the food.
- Go food shopping. Many of my clients complain that when they get to their destination, not a single piece of produce can be found in the house. Answer? Go get some! However, if this strategy is going to create a family feud, simply take a deep breath and let it go. It’s only for a little while, right?
- Be prepared. So maybe food shopping is out of the question, but who says you can’t pack some of your go-to foods and bring them with you? Almonds, snack bars low in sugar and high in fiber, nut butters and 100 percent whole-grain crackers (Triscuits) are easily portable. Besides, if you show up with a bag of clementines, I don’t think anyone will be annoyed.
- Offer to cook. I don’t know about your family, but when someone offers to help me in the kitchen, I welcome them with open arms. There must be one meal you know everyone will enjoy. Prepare it the way you like –veggies and all. Who knows? It just might be a hit.
- Pack your sneakers. Sure, you might not be able to fit it your usual workout, but nothing should stop you from going for a walk – or twoJ