Holiday party season is in full swing. From the office Christmas party to cookie exchanges with your girlfriends, there are sweets and treats at every turn. And who can forget the seemingly ever constant stream of goodies at the office? Boxes of candy and dessert trays everywhere.
Personally, I’ve already eaten my weight in peppermint bark. As far as I’m concerned, peppermint bark is the other reason for the season.
It’s easy to overindulge during the holiday season. And you know what? I support that – to a degree. Sugar cookies taste better at Christmas, after all. But my social calendar has five holiday celebrations this week alone and all those sugar cookies add up. Over the last few years, I’ve developed a few tips and tricks for treating myself while keeping myself in check.
Here are five tips for surviving the holiday party season.
How many of us have gone all day without eating or skipped lunch before a party? I know, me too. Except, by the time the party rolls around, we’re starving and we overeat. Eat a healthy breakfast and lunch, and maybe even an afternoon snack on party day – salads, soups, and proteins are always a good idea! – to keep hunger in check.
Watch The Alcohol
Liquid calories are sneaky. Have a glass or two of wine, or the drink of your choice. then switch to something non-alcoholic. Remember, too, that while a lot of those festive mixed drinks are delicious, they are also generally high sugar – which won’t do the hangover any favors the next day. And as always, drink responsibly!
Trick: When pouring a glass of wine, count 1-2-3. This will get you in the ballpark of the recommended 5oz serving sizes as glass size can vary.
Studies show people are most likely to eat the most food on their first trip to the buffet. Makes sense, right? That’s when you’re the most hungry. On your first visit to the buffet line or appetizer table, load up on veggies, fruits, and proteins. Get your desserts on round two!
The above mentioned alcoholic drinks are not only high in calories, they’re also dehydrating. As a rule of thumb, try to drink a glass of water for every alcoholic drink. Not only will you stay hydrated throughout the night, you will also be less likely to feel blah the next morning.
If you only take away one tip, make it this one: Eat the damn cupcake. Sure, we want to be smart about our diet, but it’s the holidays, and the holidays are a time for family, friends, and celebration. Don’t miss out on those moments. Don’t skip the cookie exchange. Be present. Celebrate. And return to your regularly scheduled healthy routine the next day.
And now, I’m off to bake… Four types of cookies? Five? I’ve lost count.
There are cupcakes in there, too.
Time to exercise some of these tips above!