The season of Christmas parties is about to begin and many people wonder how to make their goal of healthy eating work with celebrations that often revolve around food. It can be challenging, but it’s not impossible. Here are a few ideas to help you eat healthy even during the festivities of the season.
1. Bring along healthy options to share at parties. Colorful vegetable trays with low-fat dips will ensure you have some healthier food available. Other ideas might be whole grain, low-fat crackers with hummus, or try fresh fruit kabobs with a light vinaigrette.
2. Eat a snack before going to the party. Arriving when you’re hungry is like going grocery shopping on an empty stomach. Everything thing looks good, and we tend to take too much and overeat. Try munching on fresh vegetables or have a piece of fruit. Then take your time and the party to make wise, healthy food choices.
3. Don’t drink your calories. Eggnog, alcohol, and soda rack up the calories rather quickly. If you choose to have some, take a small glassful and then drink water in between. Better yet, just choose water or other low-calorie options instead.
4. Keep your focus on people and conversations instead of making multiple trips to the food line. Mingle with people away from the food table so you’re not as tempted to “graze” on the food that’s there.
With a little effort, you can eat healthy during the Christmas season. It takes a little planning and intentionality, but you can do it. Enjoy and savor the food around you, and bring healthy items that you like as well. You’ll be more satisfied and more likely to fit your healthy eating goals right into the Christmas season. Most importantly, remember the real reason we celebrate this time of year. After all, it’s not all about food.