Healthy Holiday Party Tips

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The holidays are such a festive, fun time of year! We get to spend time with friends and family, shop our cares away and attend all of those holiday parties.  Whether it’s the office party or a gathering at a neighbor’s house, parties are in full swing during the holidays.  And so are the food and drinks! This can cause anxiety for even the healthiest eaters.  But, it doesn’t have to!  Try these helpful tips to enjoy the festivities in a healthy and safe way.

Don’t arrive hungry.  Enjoy a small, healthy snack of nuts, cheese, and fruit, such as an apple or grapes, before the party. You want to arrive to the party satisfied, not starving and eyeing the buffet table as soon as you walk through the door.

Easy does it on the alcohol.  Loading up on alcoholic beverages is a recipe for disaster.  You know that tasty, holiday drinks can be loaded with alcohol and calories.  And isn’t it fun to pair them up with some “carby” snacks?  Don’t fall into that trap!  You’ve heard the saying, “Everything in moderation.”  This would be the time to put that into practice.

Also, keep in mind….your alcohol intake and behavior at a business party must be more composed versus that of a friend’s party. Remember the infamous Elaine dance on that hilarious episode of Seinfeld?  Elaine is the life of the party as she performs her “dry heave dance” all night long at a business party.  Needless to say, she is mocked and whispered about in the office for the following weeks.  Don’t be Elaine!  Keep your behavior in check.

Sip on your cocktails instead of gulping them down. Try drinking water after an alcoholic beverage to fill you up and lessen the effects of the alcohol.  And, most importantly…make sure you have someone designated to get you home safely.

Look for the fruit and vegetable trays. Fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of nutrients, high in fiber, low in calories, and a delicious snack.  If you’re really hungry, consume those first.

Stay away from dips and spreads.  Fruits and veggies are a healthy choice until you dip them in caramel sauce or the specialty dip of the night.  Don’t undo the positive decisions you’ve made up until this point.  Stick to it.  You can do it!

Holiday festivities can be lots of fun.  But, it doesn’t mean we should make unhealthy choices.  It’s easy to overindulge at parties only to wake up with regrets the next morning.  However, if you plan carefully, and make wise choices, you can have fun at your party and feel great the next day.

How will your after-party be? It’s up to you!  Enjoy!

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