How to survive a Holiday party:

Now that you know about calories and some simple recipes from the previous few blog posts, what about parties? Holiday parties are all about celebrating time with friends, family, and co-workers.  Like most parties, there will be plenty of food, but holiday parties seem to bring out all the sweet stuff as well. There will most likely be extra cookies, cakes, pies, delicious foods, and of course,  eggnog.

Here are some tips on how to safely navigate and survive any holiday party:

Eat a healthy breakfast – Starting your day with a healthy breakfast and eating sensibly throughout the day should help you control your appetite and prevent you from going overboard at the holiday table.

Exercise – Work it off before it goes in. The gym may be closed but that doesn‘t mean you can‘t sneak in a quick home workout or cardio session. Remember, a good workout will raise your metabolic rate for hours afterwards and can help negate the affects of a few extra calories. Perform intervals – 2 minutes of running followed by 2 minutes of walking, for example.  If you can, hit the gym and do a metabolic strength workout.  Or better yet, stay at home and do a bodyweight workout.

 Eat slowly– Make one plate of the foods you really want. It takes about twenty minutes for your brain to register that your stomach is full. Take your time to enjoy the taste of every bite, put the fork down and chew your food. Do this and you may realize you don‘t need to go back for seconds.

Don’t drink you calories Liquors, wines and mixed drinks can contain 150- 450 calories per glass whereas, water, iced tea and soda water are calorie- free. Save your calories for the good stuff!

Keep it in perspective– It takes days of overeating to gain weight; one day won’t make or break your program. Nothing is more destructive to a healthy eating plan than the negative feelings of failure and guilt. If you over-indulge don‘t beat yourself up; get over it and get back on the program the next day. Acknowledge and move on!

written by dave radin, bs, cscs