Surviving holiday parties

By: Jeremy Will, RD/LD
Registered Dietitian

Will you be naughty or nice?

Don’t arrive hungry. If you plan on arriving a couple hours before the meal is served, eat your regular breakfast and lunch or eat a small meal before arriving. This can help control urges to snack and overeat.

Don’t avoid the healthy stuff. Just because you are adding some unhealthy foods to your plate doesn’t mean you have to eliminate the good things. Remember the veggies, fruits, and lean proteins.

Watch the festive drinks. Whether its eggnog, fancy hot chocolate, or a special cocktail, stick to your usual choice then finish the night with something special.

*Starbucks holiday drinks such as the Caramel Brulee Latte, Peppermint Mocha, and Eggnog Latte come in around 450 calories and over 50 grams of sugar each grande size.

Deny leftovers. Politely decline any leftovers–especially desserts–that a host may offer as you leave. On the opposite side, if hosting, try and offer up leftovers to limit what you keep.

Don’t deprive yourself. Holidays are a time to enjoy good food and family. Keep up the workouts and healthy choices but enjoy the meals and a couple treats while at events and remember…