Holidays around and too many parties to attend? When we find ourselves with too many obligations and an immense number of food options, it can be a challenging situation to decide what to eat and what not to eat at a party or a social gathering. Right?
So as the holidays approach, it’s much needed to foresee such situations and make a plan.
Many people set their minds to an ‘all or nothing’ mode: “Either I’m going to stay on a diet or I’m totally off-diet.” However, this “either-or” plan of action is not going to help you, and can actually lead to negativity and a feeling of repression. Being stubborn and denying yourself small indulgences is not really needed.
Here are few tips for smartly partying during the festive season:
- Fall for people, not for food
Although food is an essential part of the festive season, try to focus more on spending time with friends and family, sharing fun and laughter. You can also educate your family and friends to eat healthy and stay healthy.
- Choose luxury:
Avoid the stuff that you can have anytime of the year, and save your food luxuries for the treats or gatherings that you can have once in a year or less often.
- Control food and portions: How?
Use smaller plates and serving utensils that can help in filling the plate with less food.
Stay more than arm length distance away from easy-to-grab snacks like chips or cookies which can help in reducing the calorie intake and can save space for other delicious food.
Order a less calorie meal if you are at a restaurant, or eat less food and pack the remaining food.
- ‘F’ for Fiber and ‘F’ for Full
Never go empty stomach to a party or a meal gathering. Always fill your tank with fiber-rich foods like leafy green veggies and little amount of grains, quality protein, and some healthy fats.
Protein and fiber rich food keeps you full and more satiated.
- 1234 Get on to the floor:
Holiday can be busy with family and friends but this isn’t the time to skip the exercise. Plan a short (at least 20-30 mins) yet intense workout every day during the holiday season.
Dancing is also a great way to burn calories, get on the dance floor if you have people to join you.
Avoiding parties during the festival season is well-nigh impossible, and enjoying with friends, food, and music makes everyone happy. True, at such celebratory moments, it is difficult to stick to a strict routine. However, follow these simple tips, and maintain a healthy lifestyle during these parties too!
And yes, don’t worry if you just happen to give in to your cravings and indulge in something you didn’t plan on taking. If you’re truly committed to health, you can make up to it with healthy eating from the next day! ☺
So, here’s wishing you a happy and healthy festive season!
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Article Credits – Nikhil Kassetty
Fitness and Nutrition Expert