If you have an active social life and/or a parent and go to kids birthday parties a lot it’s good to have a plan if your health matters to you. I love parties. I’m a social person and I enjoy connecting with people. And I also love eating 🙂 I like going to parties and allowing myself to eat foods I don’t normally eat at home. With that said, it is far too easy to leave a party feeling overstuffed, sluggish and wishing I hadn’t eaten so much. So I have found some ways to allow me to still eat party food without all the guilt. Here are 5 tips that work for me:
1-Make yourself a plate
If you make yourself a plate and sit down to enjoy it, you are not only bringing awareness to what you are eating but you are also more conscious of what you are putting in your mouth. Grazing throughout the whole party guarantees you will eat more than you need. A few chips here, a couple handful of nuts there can easily turn into 400 extra calories that I personally would much rather put towards dessert 😉
2-Do not hang around the food
We’ve surely all heard that the party always ends up in the kitchen, or that the best place to hang out is the kitchen. That’s because people naturally gravitate to where the food is. Don’t be that person. If it’s a sunny day, go outside and enjoy the weather, if the party is indoors, find another pleasant room to be in. Staying around the food is a sure way to start chowing down like very one else.
3-Drink lots of water
Water will make you feel full. Always have a cup or bottle in hand and drink consistently throughout the day/evening. Not only will the fact of holding a cup of water encourage you to drink more, it will keep your hands busy so that the temptation to reach for a handful of something processed doesn’t take over.
4-Make stimulating conversation
Find someone you enjoy talking to and connect in stimulating conversation. If your focus is on the enjoyment of the connection you are having with another person, you won’t be focused on all the tasty snacks there are in the other room. People often eat or drink out of boredom at parties. Don’t let yourself get bored! If you are bored, you should leave, and if you cannot leave, drink water 😉
5-Eat before hand
Eating something nourishing and full of fiber before going to a party where you are worried there will not be a lot of healthy options, will help you not snack on whatever there is just because you are hungry. Fiber helps in slowing the absorption of sugar and regulate blood sugar levels, as well as aid in satiety (feeling full), so if you are planning on having birthday cake, ice cream, chocolate-whatever sweets the party host might offer-eating fiber high foods will help you digest all that much better.
6-Remember that the first couple bites are the tastiest ones
It’s true. The first bite of a certain food will have a greater impact on your tastebuds than all the other ones, combined. (I wouldn’t be surprised if there were some scientific research done around this.) So if you are going to indulge, really appreciate the first couple bites, and then choose to move on. You can still have the satisfaction of eating delicious foods without the guilt or heaviness that can come when eating too much of a good thing.
These are just a few things I do that tend to work. Hopefully you will find a few things in here that can help you too!! Parties are great and they are even better if we can leave them without feeling we took a hit to our health and our digestive system.
Do you have any tricks to help you not go overboard at parties?