As it turns out, there are a number of eating strategies that can kick in before you actually arrive at that holiday party or event. Here are a few that I’d like to pass on.
Have as many normal days as possible prior to your party.
Maintain a schedule that would include the basic lifestyle habits: hydration, good eating, activity, supplements, sleep, and keeping short ’emotional accounts’ with family and friends.
Bring your own treats.
One way to guarantee that you have something to eat at a party is to bring something that you know you can eat! Modify a favorite party recipe to have less fat and less sugar. Almost everyone loves fruit. Bring an attractive fruit tray with a healthy dip. There are hundreds of ideas for a nice looking holiday tray at Pinterest!
You might consider bringing very simple fruit dip recipe:
6-8 oz Plain yogurt….1 tsp vanilla…zest from 1/2 orange…1 tsp NutriVerus (a nutrient-dense organic fruit and vegetable powder from Mannatech (order here). Enjoy!
Limit tasting when you are cooking.
Whether you are hosting the party and cooking or baking for a group…or just providing a treat for the party, be conscious of excessive sampling. It can be most difficult to ‘just eat one!’
Never arrive hungry.
Some strategies listed in the previous post will help make this happen. Consider ‘eat small frequent meals throughout the day’ as a plan to keep your metabolism/blood sugar more stable.
Avoid banking your calories.
Not eating all day so that you can gorge at the party probably means you will arrive at the party starving, wanting to eat everything and anything in sight. That’s because you are kicking in the ‘starvation factor.’ Your body interprets this starvation behavior as a signal that it should store whatever calories show up because a steady supply of food might not become available. Result: Whatever you eat will be stored by your body as fat, even if they are ‘good foods.’
Wear something you love.
I confess that this is not an original suggestion, but the reasoning of the author (Lisa Drayer) helped me understand the value of this suggestion. You want to look good when you arrive, and you want to look good when you leave. Who wants to loosen his/her belt when you are in public??
Have some anti-stress strategies in place.
If you are the hostess, consider these pre-party strategies:
Make sure you have me-time scheduled. Be sure that you are getting enough sleep. If you are tired, you may not recognize your body’s warning signs that you have had enough (food, alcohol, an unruly party-goer!) Enlist extra help from family for shopping and food preparation. Hire extra help to clean. Analyze family traditions: do you really need to bake 6 dozen cookies of each of 3-4 different recipes? Or 3 different pies-for a gathering of 8 people??
Get an accountability partner/coach.
This can be a friend who will actually nudge you to make the best choices or a coach who will talk you through some specific ‘mine fields’ that you know you need to avoid. Feel free to give me a call if I can help you in this area (480.382.8255)
Are any of these ideas resonating with you? My suggestion: Pick one pre-party strategy…and DO IT before your next party/event. Let us all know what you did and ‘how it’s working for you.’
Be on the alert for the third piece in this series, On-site Party Strategies.
Have a great week, a happy week-end, and embrace the holidays!