Simple yet effective tips for surviving holiday parties in a healthy way
New Year is the time when we all suffer from overstuffed tummies. Family gatherings, office parties, New Year parties; wherever you go, food will play a major role in the celebration. Resisting the hot and delicious food during the winter celebration is the toughest thing to do. But, if you tend to grab every piece snack that you are offered, you will end up putting extra pounds. Further, if you mix and eat wrong things, you will most likely suffer from unwanted health problems. Here are some simple yet effective tips for surviving holidays happily as well as in a healthy way:
- Do not fast before the party. This is the biggest mistake that most people make. When you starve, you are more likely to eat more than you would normally do. Eat something before going out, preferably something healthy such as sliced veggies or a cup of broth soup or may be a slice of bread. If you are not dying out of hunger, you could easily pass off the appetizers and snacks and focus on the main course.
- Do not grab your glass of champagne when you are hungry. Drinking champagne on an empty stomach is not advisable. The drink will hit your head hard and you will be more likely to end up feeling high earlier than you actually should.
- We know you know this, but just thought of including a short reminder in this blog. Alternating alcohol with water will help you beat hangover.
- Respect your habits and stick to them without bothering what others will feel about you. Don’t feel bad about trying to limit cocktails and snacks. Instead, be a role model for others and eat whatever you feel like eating. The food-guilt fest will be a difficult phase to resist but make your own food choices instead of ending up feeling guilty. Remember, you are not obligated to indulge into the calorie-laden snacks served during parties.
- Stick to your exercising routine. Getting up early after late night parties will be difficult for you, but if you stick to your routine, you are more likely to stay healthy. Climb stairs instead of taking a lift, walk down to your nearby store instead of driving; do anything you can to get your body moving. Use every opportunity you get to burn calories.
- Reduce your portion size. Don’t fill up your plate and then, go for refills. Relax, sit down, and enjoy every bite you eat. This way you will feel satisfied and will be able to reduce your meal size.
- Drink wisely. Limit the amount of your alcohol intake and alternate it with water or soda as mentioned above. The lesser you drink, the lesser calories you will consume. Also, choose healthy alternatives such as red wine.
- Don’t give up. You may not be able to keep up your promises once in a while. It’s OK. No one is perfect and when it comes to holidays it’s OK to have a relaxed attitude. Try your best next time.
We hope these tips will help you stay healthy during Christmas and New Year. Happy Holidays!