Leave the Holiday Party Un-Stuffed-Maintain Don’t Gain

Maintain Don't Gain ChallengeHola Divas!  How goes the maintaining and NOT gaining?  If you have NO clue what I am talking about, check our Maintain Don’t Gain Challenge!   Otherwise, I hope you are all tallying your points or at least doing the things that the challenge asks you to do: exercising at least 30 minutes per day, eating fruits and veggies, not eating more than 1 serving of dessert or having more than 1 alcoholic drink per day!

We are down to crunch time…can you say HOLIDAY PARTIES?

Even if you are really trying most of the time, it is REALLY hard to stay on task when you are at a Holiday Party!
Here are some tips to get you through:
1. Eat Intentionally – Don’t just show up at the party and go on an eating frenzy! Take a mental inventory of what is available. Choose those things that you REALLY want. (If I am not careful, I will mindless eat things.) When having appetizers, stick with veggies but only get a dollop or a small portion of the creamy dips! If you MUST have a deep-fried appetizer, only eat one small serving. If you are at dinner party, fill up half of your plate with veggies with only a quarter of starch and a quarter of meat!
2. Manage your sweet tooth! Experts recommend that you eat low-calorie choices like: fruit, Jell-O, pudding, an unfrosted mini muffin (yeah whateva on this one) , shortbread cookies, ginger snaps or angel food cake. ( None of these types of things are EVER at the Holiday Parties that I go to. LOL!) However, if you must have a dessert with frosting, butter cream, cream cheese, or chocolate chips, limit yourself to one small cookie or one thin slice of cake. Remember, part of the Maintain Don’t Gain program is to have no more than 1 dessert per day!

3. Go slow with Alcohol! Our Maintain Don’t Gain program also stresses that you limit alcohol intake to 1 drink per day. The type of alcohol that you have is important as well. Skip the eggnog and have a light beer or a glass of wine. After that, switch off to calorie-free drinks such as water, unsweetened ice tea, hot tea or coffee.

4. Focus on socializing! Don’t stand around the food table during the party! Focus on talking to people! Talk is “calorically” cheap, Divas!

5. Enjoy Yourself! The Holidays are meant to be spent with family and friends. Get plenty of rest and perhaps take some things off of your to-do list so that you have time to get places ON TIME, prepare healthy meals at home and REST!

 1 Corinthians 10:31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Do you have any holiday party eating tips?

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