As the New Year gets closer you notice there are 5 more parties on your calendar. Last year after the big 3 (November, December, and January) you were depressed, overwhelmed with guilt, and dreading the effort it would take to resurrect the body you had before the holidays. It’s never too late to start and even though we are more than half way through the big 3, here are a few tips to help you enjoy the next 5 parties without guilt.
- This is almost too easy. Don’t wear anything to the party that has an elastic waist band. In fact, if you have something that requires you to hold that tummy in just a little choose that outfit.
- Don’t go to the party hungry. “Banking” calories doesn’t work. If you don’t eat the day before so you can eat at the party, you WILL pig out! Why? Because you’re starving!
- Decide before you go how many hor d’oeuvres you will have. Put that many pennies in one pocket. As you consume each serving transfer a penny to the opposite pocket. When all pennies have been moved to the opposite pocket it will be clear it’s time to stop.
- Do you remember your mother saying, “sip a cocktail”? They are not meant to quench your thirst. Drink a glass of water between each alcoholic beverage.
- Be the last one in line. Once a large number of people have gone through the buffet line the food loses its appeal.
- Be a great guest and help the hostess. She will love you and you will eat less.
- Peruse the buffet before making choices. Be a food snob. Skip the dishes that are available all year long. Indulge in your holiday favorites.
- Don’t build food towers. Put only 2 items on your plate when you go to the food table. You can return – but each time only take 2 items. Variety stimulates appetite. Instead of eating a little bit of 20 different dishes limit your choices. You will have more control.
- Know your food and alcohol goals before leaving for the party. If you do slip forgive yourself and vow to do better next time. NEVER go to a party with the attitude – “it’s a party-I’m entitled to binge”. Don’t plan on starting a diet January 1. Thinking that way can lead to binging during the holidays.
No matter how hectic and busy the holiday gets, make time for yourself! That is probably one of the most important things you can do. Get 8-9 hours of sleep. Find a quiet place where you can sit and enjoy the scenery, even if it’s on your back step. Be less of a perfectionist. Remember it’s about family, friends, and time spent together!
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