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Four Tips to Be Merry and Mindful at Holiday Parties

Posted: December 7, 2018

An evening at home, curled up in a blanket with a good book, sounds like heaven to somebody who would prefer to avoid holiday stress. Yet, sometimes we find it’s a challenge to avoid social situations. There’s the annual office party, school pageants, and other gatherings with friends and in the community. Even if you look forward to the Secret Santa exchange and Christmas music, you shouldn’t feel as though the culinary temptations around you will threaten your good time.

Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve…each event brings a variety of sweet and savory treats. If you’re managing your weight and worried about going overboard, know that you can still mingle with friends and sample from the buffet. Keep these suggestions in mind:

Eat before you go. Having a light meal or snack before attending a party with food can help curb your appetite and the temptation to fill up a plate. Look for healthy snack options like the veggie tray and lean protein appetizers.

Watch your alcohol intake. Holiday parties have a special kind of cheer, but remember that while wine and cocktails go down easy, they are caloric. Limit your intake to one glass, then look for water or a low-calorie drink when you are thirsty.

Move around. It’s important to be comfortable at a party. Whether you’re a social butterfly or somebody who prefers to watch the activity, it’s important to move around. Admire the decorations, join in on the carols, say hello to old friends, and remember that the food table is not the center of the event.

Don’t worry. If you eat more than you feel you should have, don’t beat yourself up over it. Holidays are stressful enough. If you have concerns about your weight and have questions about medically supervised weight loss and management, Bon Secours Surgical and Medical Weight Loss is here to help. Contact us today for information on our programs, and have a happy and safe holiday season.

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