Saturday night I went to a party and flawlessly executed my plan to not consume any excess calories. I made this seemingly mad decision because I knew that Sunday would be a very challenging eating day, and I wanted to limit the weekend damage. With the Holiday Festive Eating Season upon us, surviving parties is about to become a very necessary skill – autumn and winter mean lots of parties and lots of eating. If I ate everything I wanted at all of the parties on my calendar from now through New Years Day, I’d have a lot of weight to lose come January. I’d rather skip the January weight loss resolutions so it’s good to have a plan. Here are my strategies for limiting the damage done at holiday parties:
- Don’t go hungry. I eat before parties where I know there will be food that I don’t need to eat. Fill up my stomach with supportive foods on my plan and I’m less likely to graze.
- Get a drink into my hand ASAP upon arrival. And I mean something without calories, like water, iced tea, coffee, diet soda, etc. Sip it continually. Nobody has to know it’s not alcohol.
- Do something with my other hand. Hold a camera and take pictures, hold my sweetie’s hand, play with kids, pet the cat, tell a story.
- Stand anywhere but by the food table. Find a chair or stand in an area that doesn’t allow me to reach over and grab cookies all night. If I can’t even see the food table from where I am that’s even better.
- Arrive late, leave early – thus reducing my exposure time to non-supportive food.
- Remember there’s nothing I need on the food table.
- Chew gum.
- Remember it feels better to keep a promise to myself than to eat something that isn’t supportive.
Those are my best strategies for non-meal parties. Meals, like Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, are another matter entirely. I have some strategies for those as well, but that’s another post.
What did I miss? How do you manage your intake while still engaging in an active social life?