Most of you know me as a pretty quiet guy. Although this is true, I still like to attend parties with friends/family. I am a firm believer in working hard…and playing hard. When you attend parties, you should focus on the “fun” aspect and not the “fear” aspect of how you may end up derailing your best weight loss efforts and have regrets the next day. Here’s my “do’s and don’ts” for attending holiday parties with confidence and no diet regrets:
1. Don’t go to parties because you have to…Do go because you want to. There’s a big difference and you have a choice. Surround yourself with the people you love. If excess baggage comes along with the ones you love…minimize your exposure…I know – easier said than done sometimes!
2. Don’t go to parties hungry…Do have a bottle of water before you attend and a healthy snack such as cheese wrapped in turkey, handful of almonds or a protein bar before you get there so you are not ravenous.
3. Don’t eat the first items you see…Do take the time to peruse what’s on the buffet table and determine which have the highest quality protein (beef, chicken, shrimp, cheese, fish) and select these first. Combining these choices with your pre-party snack can fill you up so that other temptations don’t bother you so much.
4. Don’t exclude items you desire this time of the year…Do take a very small portion of them so that you can avoid feeling deprived and move on.
5. Don’t be a wallflower…Do mingle and talk with others. If your mouth is busy talking, it is harder to keep if full chewing and swallowing.
6. Don’t drink excessively…Do have a drink if you desire. Too much alcohol isn’t good…period. It also lowers your resistance to “go wild” and sabotage yourself which is sure to cause regret.
7. Don’t select your spot for fun right near the food…Do mingle around and settle in a location where you can talk with everyone but not have food ‘staring you down’.
8. Most importantly, relax and have fun. Try to take a deep breath as the stress begins and focus on enjoying this time as much as possible and those you may not get to see on a regular basis.
Enjoy this holiday season! From our family to yours…Merry Christmas and Cheers to a Healthy New Year!