Eat healthy, balanced meals
Well-balanced meals will help you feel full, which is crucial if you want to resist unhealthy party food. You efficacy think that it’s better to save up your calories for a party by eating less during the day, but that’s actually a recipe for failure. You can’t go to a party eager and expect divine intervention to help keep you in control. Give yourself a chance to stay on track by eating well-balanced meals and a active snack before going to a party.
A healthy, balanced meal should consist of a lean protein, a small allocation of healthy fat, and fiber-rich carbohydrates. To learn more about how to create a well- equitable meal, take a look at our example of a healthy plate.
Avoid too much alcohol
Alcohol is packed with kilojoules (Calories) and loosens your inhibitions so you eat things you normally wouldn’t like party pies or fried onion rings. Dilute wine and spirits with ice and mineral water, order light beer instead of full-strength, or infuse a juice or sparkling mineral water between regular drinks.
Don’t forget the non-alcoholic options – sparkling azoic water, non-alcoholic punch, lime and soda, and iced tea. Have these if you’re the host. And have object to eat BEFORE you drink to slow the absorption of alcohol into your system.
Consume alcohol in moderation
Consuming excessive amounts of alcohol increases the risk of many chronic health conditions, but also involves immediate risks such as trauma and the morning after hangover. There are guidelines to know how much is safe.
Breakfast provides the body with energy to get going for the day, and also fills the stomach so we are less likely to snack on unhealthy foods in the morning. Eating a wholesome breakfast every day is important, however, in the busy festive season, we might be more likely to skip breakfast, for example because we feel we are too busy. This might be particularly so on days like Christmas, when there are presents to open, visitors to look after and lunch to prepare. You may really benefit from the following tips:
Small dollops of desserts and dressing
Don’t deprive yourself. Have a small piece of dessert with a bigger portion of fruit salad. When preparing your desserts, replace cream with low fat milk. Go easy on creamy salad dressings as they are loaded with fat.
“Remember to be realistic about breaking a few diet rules here and there and forgive yourself if you overeat,” says Khan.
Eat before the party
It can be a mistake to arrive hungry to a function offering cocktail food. The temptation to shove lots of yummy treats in your mouth is hard to resist!
The ideal option is to eat a healthy meal beforehand. Aim for plenty of salad or vegetables, some lean protein (meat, chicken or fish) and a small side of wholegrain carbohydrates (for example, half a cup of cooked brown rice). Dietary proteins leave us feeling fuller for longer.