Parties, and the Holiday Festive Eating Season

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?


4 Responses to “Parties, and the Holiday Festive Eating Season”

  1. Cathyn Says:

    I usually have less self-discipline, so I start with the no-calorie beverage, like you (though no alcohol isn’t a problem for me, I don’t drink, and everyone knows it), and then look at the food table. I seek supportive foods like veggie trays, pineapple skewers and the like, studiously avoiding potato chips (you can’t eat just one). I still usually fail to avoid the cookies, but I try to minimize the damage, by having just one, and then, as you suggest, I get the heck away from the grazing table, lest I end up cow-shaped.

  2. Week 9 Results, and a Bit of a Rant | Keeping Off 200 Pounds Says:

    […] Fortunately for me I already have strategies for handling the Holiday Festive Eating Season. […]

  3. Aimz Says:

    “Hold a camera and take pictures, hold my sweetie’s hand, *PLAY WITH KIDS*, pet the cat, tell a story.”
    UM, WHUT!?
    I like the gum strategy.

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