Attending Holiday Parties and Staying Healthy

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How to Celebrate the Season While Focusing on Health

The holiday season is in full swing and, for many of us, this means a lot of social obligations. While these social functions are often a great way to enjoy yourself and celebrate the season, they can also be detrimental to your health. Not only is keeping a busy social schedule often very stressful, but attending holiday parties can make it difficult to focus on your health.

Here are some tips for staying healthy while still enjoying the season.

Eat Before Parties

You may think that you’re “saving calories” by not eating before a holiday party, but you’re more likely to overeat if you attend a social function on an empty stomach. Plus, if you go to a party hungry, you’re less likely to make healthy choices when you get there.

Instead, eat a healthy meal at home before heading out. Not only will this keep you full, which can prevent you from eating too much later on, but it will also ensure that your body gets the healthy vitamins and nutrients it needs.

Don’t Eat and Talk

It’s tempting to snack while you’re socializing at a party, but this often leads to “unconscious” eating. If you’re engaged in conversation, you’re not going to pay as much attention to your food intake, which means you could find yourself eating more than you wanted to. Instead, take a smaller portion of food, eat it, and then start socializing.

Of course, eating and talking can’t really be avoided at a dinner party. In these situations, make sure you put a reasonable amount of food on your plate and that you take some time in between courses to recognize if you’re still hungry for more.

Drink Water

Drinking water isn’t just good for your body, but it can also keep you from overeating. After all, if you’re drinking a glass of water, you’re probably not also eating at the same time. Plus, drinking water can keep you from overdoing it on alcoholic beverages.

Enjoy Your Favourites

There are likely some holiday treats that you particularly enjoy or that have a special meaning for you. By all means, take the time to enjoy these special favourites. When you’re at a dessert table, choose the one or two treats that you like the most, and then leave the rest behind. This way you won’t feel like you’re depriving yourself, but you’ll still be in control of your diet.

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