Follow these ten tips to help you make smart decisions about food and drinks, so you can still enjoy the corporate buffet table.
1. Do not skip meals!
Having a light breakfast or even skipping breakfast altogether only increases your appetite at the party and you’ll end up overindulging. It’s always best to eat at regular times. Have a balanced breakfast and a snack before the lunch party. For every alcoholic drink, have a glass of water.
2. Water to the rescue
At this time of year you’re likely to consume more alcoholic drinks, loaded with calories. For every alcoholic drink, have a glass of water or seltzer both at the party and also the following day. This will prevent dehydration and you’ll sip fewer calories. Choose low-calorie and non-alcoholic drinks such as a light beer, virgin Mary, low fat eggnog, or seltzers with a splash of cranberry juice and lime.
3. Remember the 80/20 rule
You don’t have to eat healthy 100% of the time. Instead, choose nutritious foods 80 percent of the time and then enjoy indulging 20 percent of the time. Let the holidays be a pleasure not a guilt trip.
4. Here come the appetizers!
Choose raw veggies, bite-size cheese cubes, grilled chicken skewers, shrimp cocktail and nuts more often. Go easy on the phyllo dough pastries, bite-size quiches, and pigs in a blanket.
5. Savour the sweets
If you are going to enjoy desserts, relish every bite. Fill your senses with thoughts of pleasure rather than guilt. Enjoy!
6. Choose foods you really enjoy
Looking for a way to decrease your total calorie intake and leave room for the foods you love? Say no thanks to those foods you don’t enjoy and feast on those you love.
7. Listen to your body
Learn to tell the difference between real hunger and false hunger. Before taking the next bite, take a breath, take a moment, and ask yourself “Am I really hungry?” Your belly (not your mouth) will give you the real answer.
8. Moderation is always the key
This holiday season let yourself sample a little bit of everything! Treat yourself to a drink and a dessert, just watch your portions.
9. If you’ve gained a few pounds, stay active
Think about walking at lunch for a few minutes, or do a bit of stretching before or after work. Just a few minutes a day will boost your energy, relieve stress, and burn a few extra calories.
It’s always helpful to focus on the spirit of the holiday. The parties, the gift giving, and even the food are all secondary to the true meaning of this season. Whether it is a spiritual time, a family time, or just a relaxing break, we wish you a healthy and joyful holiday and a New Year that brings health, joy, and the very best nutrition choices.
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