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10 Party Tips for Healthier Eating

Holiday gatherings, social events, life celebrations, sporting parties, and special affairs can come with their challenges for maintaining habits of healthy eating. 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.

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

10 Party Tips for Healthier Eating

  1. Before the special occasion, eat something healthy beforehand. Attending with a fuller 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 will have something healthy to eat.⁣
  3.  If hosting a party, provide mostly healthy food.⁣ This is 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.⁣ For me, it is chips and desserts.
  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 in order to fill up the plate.
  7. If a smaller plate isn’t an option, fill your plate with mostly healthy items. For example, 80% healthy and 20% treats.
  8. Get extra support by selecting an accountability partner. It could help you both 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 weekly healthy eating plan. Planning treat meals gives you something to look forward to and doesn’t leave the rest of the week up for chance. 

Comment below on any tricks you use to help you not overindulge at special events.




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