Thursday, December 3, 2009
Surviving the Holiday Party
Tonight I am attending my first holiday party of the season. I find it so easy to get sucked into all of the excess this time of year. Here are my top 5 tips to surviving the holiday party.
1: Remember all the hard work you have done this year. Make a list and review it before you head out the door. Thinking about all you have accomplished will help you stay positive and focused on your health goals.
2: Think about where you want to be at this time next year. If your goal is to fit into your favorite little black dress then eating an entire cookie tray and downing a bottle of wine just because it's the holiday season isn't helping you work towards your goal.
3: Eat something healthy before you go out. If you arrive hungry you will be more likely to binge.
4: Set an alcohol limit. Making a conscious decision about how many drinks you will consume will help you stick to your health goals.
5: At the dessert table ask yourself what you really want? Is a cookie what you really want? And if so, what kind of cookie? If your favorite is double chocolate chip and they only have oatmeal and sugar then skip the cookies. I find that if you don't eat what you really want you will overeat to compensate. Scan the dessert table and find something you truly desire and eat a reasonable portion. This will leave you satisfied and feeling guilt-free.
If after all the planning you happen to overindulge don't beat yourself up. Tomorrow is a new day. Do think about why you overate and what steps you can take next time. Remember, we are all human and we all make mistakes.