*Always eat a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner before you go to a holiday party (that is not specifically a dinner party, of course!). Going to a party hungry is a disaster waiting to happen…you are much more likely to make poor food choices and overeat while starving.
*Don’t go to a party wearing loose fitting clothes. Wear something slim-fitting, or pull your belt one notch tighter than it should be — you will be much less likely to overeat because it will be easier to clue in to your stomach cues when you are satisfied or just slightly full.
*Eat mindfully- often people eat out of boredom, or to fill an emotional need (anxiety, stress, etc). Eating mindfully means that when you do eat, you are present, in the moment, focusing on what you are eating–its taste and texture, for example and eating slowly to fully taste the food.
*Another tip for mindful eating— whatever it is that you decide to eat, take a few deep breaths before eating to ask yourself if you are even hungry. If you’re not, put the food down and change your setting.
*At appetizer tables, choose the foods you really want to eat, put them on a napkin or a small plate (try to avoid large plates, which you will likely fill up), and then walk away and eat the food mindfully!
*Eat what you love but stop when you are full – not stuffed! There is no such thing as one “bad” holiday food that you should not consume. Any decadent food or beverage when consumed mindfully and in reasonable portions is totally fine, however, mindlessly sampling large portions of all that is offered will surely pack on the pounds.
*Choose alcoholic drinks wisely if you are going to drink. Opt for either a glass of wine, a light beer, a glass of champagne or a spirit with a non-caloric mixer…all of which are relatively low in calories.
*If you are drinking alcohol, alternate alcoholic beverages with non-alcoholic, calorie-free ones, like seltzer. Also, asking for wine spritzers, which are half wine and half seltzer, is a great way to decrease the calorie content of the drink.
*Enjoy what the holidays are really all about – spending time with family and friends.
Los Angeles nutritionist Alyse Levine MS, RD, is founder of NutritionBite and Nutrition Advisor for LIVESTRONG.COM
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