Did you know that the average holiday meal contains anywhere from 5000 to 7000 calories? That’s 3 to 4 times the amount of calories you should have in one day!
If you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner, you can control the food that is served and make healthier cooking choices. But if you are visiting friends or family for the holiday meal, you may not have as many healthy choices. But there are ways to survive the holiday party without overeating.
Make sure to eat a healthy breakfast, lunch and snack before you go. You should never go to a party on an empty stomach! If you are too hungry, you will eat more. If you are not as hungry, you will make healthier food choices and avoid overeating.
When choosing foods to eat, fill your plate with the healthiest options available. Fruit, Vegetables and lean meats without gravies and sauces are great choices to satisfy your hunger and keep it healthy. Avoid anything fried, casseroles with lots of sauce or cheese, processed meats and pastries.
If you have the option to choose a smaller plate, do so! Your plate will look full with less food. Only make one trip to the food table and remember, you do not need to be a member of the clean plate club!
When at the party, socialize a lot! You are less likely to taste and try if you are enjoying the company of friends and family. And make sure not to stand near the food table when catching up with relatives so you are not tempted to graze.
Finally, make sure you listen to your body. If you are not hungry, do not eat. Be conscious of what you are eating and avoid eating while engaged in a conversation. Do not wait until you feel full to stop eating. Once you feel satisfied, stop eating, even if there is still food left on your plate!
What are you strategies for staying healthy at holiday parties?
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