Warm-Up: Snack Ahead
Have a nutritious snack or small meal before you head out. This will curb your appetite and help prevent overindulging. Consider incorporating protein and healthy fat for satiety. Examples include mixed greens with salmon and avocado, almonds and string cheese, baby carrots and humus, or low-fat yogurt with fresh fruit. Aim to drink 3 (16 oz) bottles of water before you head out.
Defensive Play: Bring A Healthy Option With You
Bring a healthy option to the party. That way you know there will be at least one healthy choice to snack on. Your host (and your waistline) will thank you. Here’s a recipe for roasted eggplant feta dip from Eating Well with only 76 calories per serving.
Interception: Drink Plenty Of Water
Keep drinking water throughout the night, especially if you’ll also be drinking alcohol. Drink one (8oz) glass of water for every alcoholic drink you have.
Offensive Play: Fill Up On Healthy Veggies
Fill up on veggies or healthy fare first – remember the healthy food you brought!
Touchdown: Practice Mindful Eating
Practice mindful eating. Take the time to appreciate and enjoy what you’re eating. Eat slowly and listen to your body’s cues that you are full. In a recent study published by Behaviour Research and Therapy, researchers found that practicing mindful eating helped participants eat fewer calories and enjoy their food more – it’s a win!