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How to Avoid Overeating at a Party!

By Sara Butler

The holiday season is right around the corner, which makes this the perfect time to brush up on the rules of eating at a party in order to stay healthy. There will be temptations everywhere, which make it easy to overindulge. Here’s how you can keep your healthy habits from summer going strong this winter!

Just Say No

You should probably just skip any hors d’oeuvres the first time they’re passed around. The second time any come around, go ahead and have a couple. But saying the no the first time will keep you from having one (or five) too many the second time they come around. Plus, you can get a better idea of what’s on the menu so you can decide which ones you want the most.

Limit Alcohol

Parties usually include alcohol and for every drink you have, your food inhibitions get lower and lower! You can go in with the resolve to only have one slice of your favorite holiday cheesecake, but after a few too many drinks all your resolutions can go out the window! To keep yourself on track, try to limit the amount of alcohol, too, if for no other reason that it's really just a bunch of empty calories.

Eat Before

If you really want to curb your cravings at a party, then eat something healthy before you go! If you show up to the party starving, then you’re setting yourself up for failure to stick to your health goals. Try something full of protein, such as an apple with peanut butter or a couple slices of turkey with cheese. The protein will fill you up and you’ll be less likely to overeat when you appear before that buffet of food!

Take a Survey

Before you hit the buffet table, give it a once-over. That way you can plan out the things you really want to try and get just a little bit of each. Go ahead and have some of the things you really want, but keep an eye on the serving size so you can keep it healthy.

Share

Sweets are often the downfall of many a party-goer, but you can try to reduce damage done by having a buddy. Take your partner or friend with you to the party and force them to share the dessert you really want so each of you is only eating half.

You can have a healthy holiday season, you just need to know how to navigate the party scene so you don't end up rolling out of there! 

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Denton, Tex. 

 

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