TODAY is Halloween, BUT the winter holidays will be here before we know it!!! It’s always good to get a refresher on ways we can stay healthy while hosting or attending a variety of festive, food-focused events. No matter how hard we try we can't stay away from our favorite indulgences. Try to practice these in order to stay on track!
1. Don’t Sample! When going to a party we are surrounded by tons of treats and temptations. We have the urge to try everything around us because during the rest of the year, we don’t typically have these special festive goodies! Instead of sampling everything, scope out the foods table, and whatever your eye keeps going back to — maybe one or two things — choose just those, have it and savor it! No need to have one of everything just because it’s there. Focus on the celebration, not the food! You aren’t gonna miss out on the true meaning of a party by not trying everything.
2. Eat before you treat! Whether you are playing host or attending the party, try to eat before the celebration. It is best to eat something voluminous in greens, and good carbs such as sweet potatoes, beans, or a grain. A little protein will help keep you satiated so it is important to have a little turkey, chicken, fish, or meat. You don’t have to have a HUGE meal before, but having small salad with beans and chicken a half hour before hand will help stave off any temptations at hand.
3. CLEARLY drink! Wait — this doesn’t mean you should definitely drink alcohol! This means, if alcohol is present and you want to indulge in the adult beverage, steer clear of mixed drinks, dark wines, and dark beers. If you must drink, try to stick with vodka and seltzer water with a splash of citrus fruit, or white wines. This way you are cutting the calories, and hold off that hangover! Oh and obviously, drink water too!
4. Think DIXIE CUP! If you are in a situation such as Thanksgiving dinner (or dinnerS) and Aunt Claire and Aunt Sandy would BOTH be upset if you didn’t try their mashed potatoes, Mom has her special broccoli casserole, and three different kinds of stuffing that you HAVE to have or else SOMEONE is upset — then THINK DIXIE CUP! If you imagine a Dixie cup size or less of every item on the table to try, you will have room on your plate to be able to make everyone happy by eating a tad of their special creation, and you’ll still be happy that you didn’t overindulge when you still have room in your waistline!
5. Leave THEM with Leftovers! If you are playing host this season have some festive take-away food storage containers and send your guests home with foods from the party. This way you won’t have left over temptations at home. If you are being sent home with leftovers from a celebration you attended, simply give yours away, or take it for lunch the next day. If it is a bunch of sweets, share it with your family, or co-workers, this ensures those goodies will be out of the house!