It is the Friday right before Christmas and I bet you have a whirlwind of parties and happy hours to still go to. Every event may seem like an excuse to splurge, but the consequence just might be the worst kind of post-party affliction: a food hangover. The best cure for a food hangover it to prevent the over indulgences in the first place. I am not saying don’t have treats and enjoy yourself, but to find that happy place of moderation. Here are a few tips and trick on how:
Small Plate Challenge
Use a small plate: A simple change from a 12″ plate at dinner to 10″ plate could mean a 22% reduction in calories at a meal. Those 2 inches have enough impact on calories, yet are not drastic enough to trigger a response of feeling deprived. Grab the 8″ salad plates and put your whole meal on that. You will feel full and still have your favorite holiday foods.
Healthy start and then wait…
(1) When you first arrive at a party locate the vegetables and fruit in the room, fill a small plate and enjoy as you are first socializing.
(2) Once you complete your fruit and vegetables plate, wait about 30 minutes before you select any other food choices.
Rule of 3s
It is unrealistic to deprive yourself completely at parties but by creating boundaries on the number of types of foods you are “allowed” to consume leads to less variety and hopefully less weight gain during the holiday season.
(1) Using a small plate, take a reasonable portion of the 3 items you have selected, and only consume those three items.
(2) Once you are finished put it down your plate, grab yourself a low-calorie beverage and continue to enjoy your time at the party.
(3) If you feel you are still hungry, head back for some more fruits and vegetables, and remind yourself “you just had 3 foods that you really wanted and you enjoyed them!”
Think of ways to incorporate exercise during your Holiday week/weekend. Give a few of these suggestions a try:
(1) Walk the track during the local high school football game
(2) Take a walk between dinner and dessert
(3) Start your day with at home yoga class/dvd
(4) Many organization and gyms are offering classes on actual Holidays
Alcohol calories can add up quick… especially socializing when you are not paying attention and “peer pressure” to have another cocktail.
(1) For every drink you have, you must match with water/seltzer before you have/order another
(2) Set your drink limit prior to each party/social gathering
Holiday is over and so is the eating!
Eating “poorly” one day is not the reason you gain weight after a Holiday. It is the next day or two or maybe even seven days until every last bite of that Holiday Meal is gone. Enjoy the meal with your small plate, have all the things you have been looking forward to. The next morning after the holiday get right back to your usual routine and start the day off with a great breakfast like oatmeal and blueberries. Don’t let the holiday eating carry on.