By: Jen Gerasimas
December 2, 2021
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10 Party Tips for Healthier Eating

Holiday gatherings, social events, life celebrations, sports parties, and special affairs can come with their challenges for maintaining healthy eating habits. While the infrequent  occasion may not be too disruptive for some, for others it can be a real struggle not to overindulge and have post-party food guilt.

To increase your chances for healthy party success, prepare ahead and come up with a game pla. To help you stay on track with your nutrition goals, check out these ten healthy party tips.

10 Party Tips for Healthier Eating

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  1. Before the special occasion, eat something healthy. Attending with a full stomach might help you eat less at the gathering..
  2. If attending a party, bring a healthy dish. Then you know before arriving that you have something healthy to eat.⁣
  3. If hosting a party, provide mostly healthy food.⁣ A simple way to promote healthy eating in others.
  4.  Sparkling water is a light, fresh substitute for a sugary or alcoholic drink. If you choose to drink alcohol, have one glass of water for every cocktail of choice.⁣
  5. Avoid hanging around the food to decrease the desire to nibble.⁣ When food is within arms reach, it becomes too easy to keep filling your plate or grabbing extra bites.
  6. If you have the option, eat from a smaller plate.⁣ The larger the plate, the more likely you are to get more food than you need just to fill up the plate.
  7. Fill your plate with mostly healthy items before adding treat items. For example, 80% healthy, 20% treats. Or for every 4 healthy servings, 1 treat serving.
  8. Get extra support by selecting an accountability partner. If you both attend the same party, you can help each other stay on track.⁣
  9. Be picky about what treats you do eat and make them good quality. Don’t waste the calories on something average tasting or, even worse, below average.⁣
  10. If you want to make this a treat occasion, schedule this treat into your healthy weekly eating plan. Planning treat meals gives you something to look forward to and doesn’t leave the rest of the week up to chance.

Please share with us in the comments any tricks you use to keep you from overindulging at special events.




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