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Tips for holiday eating part two

( 1-2 minute read )
 

 I covered how to handle ALL the options at holiday parties/how to deal with not eating ALL the apps/platters and how to approach multiple parties in a day or weekend. If you missed it, click here!

Today I’m going to touch on baked goods/desserts, cocktails/drinks and eating seconds & thirds!

With baked goods / desserts, same thing goes, have a LITTLE bit of everything! Be selective of what’s the MOST appealing to you and have a few bites of each. I don’t know about you guys but every time I’ve gotten a huge dessert plate about half way through I think to myself, ‘this was too much’ but then eat it all anyway. Now, getting a few bites of each thing I love, satisfies me without feeling like I overdid it. If there’s something you REALLY like and still want more of, take some to bring home and follow the same principles the next few days. You’re allowed to fit treats into your everyday life, just be reasonable with your portions & account for it. I find that allowing this to happen prevents binges because you don’t feel like that time is your ONLY chance to eat that thing. 

 

Cocktails and drinks are tricky ones! My main tips with these are:

  1. stay hydrated, drink 1 glass of water for every alcohol drink. This will help keep you hydrated and less likely to overeat.
  2. avoid sugary mix ins. Mix hard liquor with seltzer, club soda or diet soda. You’ll save TONS of calories here.
  3. Try to limit heavy beers, sure have a couple but again, the calories add up quickly! Switch to light beers if you want to continue drinking.
  4. Have fun. It’s just one day/night. You’re allowed to get a little loose with your family/friends. The tips above are for those who really want to stay the course as much as possible.

 

As far as getting up for seconds and even thirds, think to yourself, ‘do I really NEED this extra food right NOW?’, ‘how is getting this extra plate going to make me feel later’. Again, take some home and if you still want it later, the next day, then have it! It’s as simple as that : )
 

Lastly and most importantly, don’t stress. Make decisions that’ll make your future self proud while still making your tastebuds happy. BE PRESENT with your family, you don’t want to look back and remember how stressed out you were about food. It’s one day, the food isn’t exclusive, we’ll all be alright. 

Hope this was helpful and as always, click that reply button if you have any questions or comments! I always love hearing from you. 

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