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Published on December 08, 2014

Party Season Doesn’t Have to Expand Your Waistline

The indulging season is in full swing, the time of year when you may feel tempted to give in to lots of treats, and worry about the consequences in January. Many people tend to put on a few pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, but you don’t have to be one of them.

Make Mindful Choices

You shouldn’t deprive yourself but you do have to try to make mindful choices.

“Give yourself permission to try something new and savor it, chew it well, and try to identify the ingredients," says Julie Haase, Clinical Nutrition and Diabetes Manager with Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare. "Ask the host where he or she got the recipe. These things will slow you down to enjoy the food and give your body a chance to know that you ate something. When you take time to eat, you are more in tune to feeling full before it turns into feeling stuffed."  

Alcohol = Lots of Calories

She also reminds everyone to not discount the calories from drinks.

“Alcohol contains a lot of calories and we mix it with more calories during the holidays. Did someone say eggnog?”

Reach for water instead. It’s important for staying hydrated (especially if you’ll be imbibing in some cocktails); but it’s also a smart weight control strategy. Studies have found that adults who drink water before meals eat less and drinking water will help you steer clear of the sugary and artificially sweetened drinks, both of which may interfere with controlling your weight.

Tips for a Healthier Cocktail Party

Check out these tips and recipes for a tasty and healthier cocktail party experience:

  • Use low-calorie mixers like seltzer and skip regular sodas and fruit juice mixers.
  • Cut 25%-40% of the calories in a 12 ounce beer when you choose “light” or “ultra-light” versions.
  • Alternate a glass of seltzer with lime for every alcoholic drink that you consume.
  • Limit yourself to just one high calorie drink when you are at holiday parties.
  • Look for low-fat dips like salsa, and dip vegetables instead of chips. 
  • For better portion control: Avoid one-by-one eating, one small handful is a single serving of chips or nuts or about one ounce.
  • Healthy Holiday Party Recipes:
    • Caprese Salad on a Stick
    • Roasted Vegetable Dip
    • Pomegranate-Ginger Spritzer

Party Season Doesn’t Have to Expand Your Waistline