Here is my blog for Holiday Food with Your Family Friends and Low-Carb Substitutions that can be made.
However, today’s blog is about holiday parties–family, friends or work. This time of year, I hear a lot about people being surrounded by parties with bad food choices, bad drink choices, alcohol and desserts galore. I went to my chiropractor and there were many chocolate items there.
5 Things You Can Do To Not Gain Weight at Holiday Parties!
1. Take a piece of food or dessert, if you must, take a bite and then toss it in the trash when no one is looking. A bite won’t kill your diet, but if you can’t say no to the rest, then this strategy is not for you.
2. Just say “NO!” Seriously, how much do you love yourself and your commitment to your diet? Most of the sugar and GMO products are not good for your health anyway. Do you care at all about how it will affect you? Stop poisoning yourself with white sugar.
3. EAT before you get there. You are more likely to nibble on healthy things because you are not ravenous. You can nibble on fruit and vegetables, and have water or if you must, one hard liquor cocktail. The more you have wine, beer or champagne–and especially fruit cocktails, the more carbohydrates you are consuming unnecessarily. I have had someone tell me that they go to these things and are hungry and then, the bad food looks extra good to them and it is harder to say, “No!” Why tempt yourself? Why drive yourself crazy? Eat an egg, cheese, nuts, a piece of fruit, yogurt–something low carb and healthy before you get there. If you know for sure that there are good low-carb food items, then you need not worry.
4. If you know the host, you could make a request for something like a vegetable platter or low-fat meat and low-fat cheese platter.
5. Don’t succumb to peer pressure to eat badly. Most people NOT on a diet, who know that they SHOULD be on one, can’t wait to watch someone doing well on a diet–fall off of their diet. It makes them feel better about themselves being heavier or enjoying thinking they are the best looking person in the room. So, don’t give them this satisfaction.
I get pleasure in telling people, “NO! Stop pressuring me!” Worse case scenario, just blame your doctor and say you are under a doctor’s care and these are his orders. If they are NOSEY and ask you for what–“tell them that you don’t like talking about it.” And if they ask again, repeat what I just wrote. If they ask the third time, then you have a right to say, “I would appreciate it if you stop trying to delve into my medical history. I like to keep it private.” I hate nosey people.
And the same thing goes for the alcohol. Alcohol has to be very limited to NOTHING during the weight loss process. If your body is busy using its energy to metabolize the alcohol in your liver, then there is no energy left during that period to break down fat.
I want to stay thin, I rarely drink. I gain easily. It is not worth it to me. I prefer being thin. Much more fun than eating something that goes inside in less than a minute. Thin lasts longer.