My Top Five Tips for Navigating Holiday Parties without Sabotaging your Results

With the holiday season in full swing, I’m sure your calendar is filling up with parties and get togethers to celebrate! This is often a tricky time to keep our nutrition tight, but today I’d like to share my top five tips for navigating these holiday parties without sabotaging your results.

  1. Eat before you leave. Have you ever heard the saying, “Don’t go to the grocery store hungry?” If you’ve ever heard it and done it anyway, you know how difficult it is to stick to the plan once you arrive with a growling belly. The same goes for a party! If you plan to stay on track with your nutrition, eat a healthy meal before you go that will hold you over until dinner is served. This will allow you to be able to mingle with friends and family, while also keep the temptation from grabbing all of the appetizers before it’s time to sit down and eat.

  2. Stick to veggies, fruits, and other light options. Is the party a little less formal than described above? If so, it may be better to steer clear of the heavier options served (cookies, fried foods, creamy dips), and opt for lighter, “crunchier” options. You can’t go wrong with a side of carrots and fruit at a holiday party! Having something to crunch on will help keep you satisfied, and since they’re often lower in calories you can usually get away with eating more for less.

  3. Bring a dish to share! This is my go-to option. If I’m unsure of what the menu will look like at a holiday party, I will often bring my favorite side dish to share that fits my goals. This ensures that a healthy option will be at the party, and your friends and family will appreciate the gesture!

  4. Grab a plate and sit down. When everyone is grabbing a snack and grazing the whole night, it can be easy to do the same. Before you know it - you’ve eaten half of the pumpkin rolls and eaten much more dip and chips than you would have liked! By grabbing a plate and sitting down away from the table, you’ll take the time to enjoy the food and be more mindful of what you are putting into your mouth.

  5. Stick to your normal routine. I can’t stress this enough. If you are planning on going to a holiday party, go about your day beforehand as you normally would. Don’t over exercise or undereat in case you over do it. The same goes for after the party. If you overindulge, don’t use the next day as punishment! Fuel your body as normal and use the next day as a fresh start. By taking the emotion away from the food at a holiday party, you’ll be more likely to enjoy yourself and the company while you are there and stick to your goals before and after!

Holiday parties are a time to celebrate, spend time with those we love, and get out and about. By keeping your goals in mind and sticking to routine, you will ensure that you are able to do so - without sabotaging your results!