I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving last week. We had such a blessed time with our family. We ate, drank, laughed, and enjoyed each others company. What more could you ask for?
Now that we’re diving full force into Christmas, we have a ton of holiday parties and dinners throughout the next two weeks. I have to say, dinners, parties, and happy hours during the holidays are my absolute favorite. However, I always feel like I gain 5 pounds from extra drinks and dessert calories.
This season, my goal is to avoid this feeling so I’ve come up with a few tips to try and stick to:
- Eat Before You Go. If you have a holiday party or dinner that you’re going to this season, you know there will be plenty of appetizers when you get there. For me, appetizers are my weakness! I always eat way too many and then am stuffed by the time the dinner arrives. If you are similar to me, try eating a snack before you go. Maybe a handful of nuts, a piece of whole wheat toast with almond butter, or a Lara bar. This way, when you arrive, you won’t head straight to the appetizer table. Try it and let me know if it works for you!
- Only Eat Dinner. This tip goes with the first one, but another rule I plan to set that may help you, is to only eat dinner. Instead of nibbling on appetizers, wait for the main meal. This will be incredibly easy if you have a snack before you go, but if not, this tip will save you from feeling overly full.
- Wine vs. Dessert. My last tip that has worked for me lately is to pick your choice of sugar – wine (or another alcoholic beverage!) or dessert. If you decide to drink a glass or two of wine then no dessert for you! If there’s an amazing chocolate cake that you just have to have, then forgo drinking and choose that cake as your sugar vice. Try it and let me know if it works for you!
I hope these tips help you stay healthy through the holidays where desserts and wine are literally everywhere!
Do you have any health tips that work for you?
*Please Note: The information in this post is based on my personal experience, knowledge, and opinions.