6 Simple Ways to Not Overindulge at a Party
You’ve been doing so well with your diet, really sticking to your whole foods and clean eating. You know you feel better when you avoid those fried foods and sweets and you’ve learned they really aren’t worth the calories or how they make you feel. But you’re at a party and there is so just so much food within arms reach that you don’t even notice how much you are eating. I get it, we’ve all been there. Being the only friend that eats healthy sucks. It’s no fun not being able to partake, but you know it’s the right thing for you so I’m going to give you some tips on how to eat less at parties. You can participate, just find your limit and stick to it.
1. Don’t ask what you can bring, tell your host what you’re bringing
It never fails when you ask your host what to bring, the answer is always nothing, or maybe a bottle of wine. When you need to make sure there is something at the party you can eat, that’s not helpful. So instead of asking, offer. This way you know there will be at least one thing that you can not feel guilty about eating.
2. Come prepared with a plan
Set yourself up for success by deciding your limits before you get to the party, and what you are going to do to keep in them. Maybe allow yourself dessert if you skip drinks, or vice versa.
3. Have an accountability buddy
Discuss your plan with your date or a friend so you have someone to keep you accountable. Even if they don’t want to participate with you, just telling someone what you intend will help you stick to it. It’s a lot harder to go back on a plan when you know someone else is watching you fail.
4. Survey your options first
Scan your food options before you start filling your plate. Search for the whole foods – lean proteins, vegetables, and fruits and choose only a few of your favorite dishes rather than loading your plate with a little of everything.
5. Don’t skip meals beforehand
Skipping meals the day of a party seems like a good idea. Save up all of your calories for the day so you can splurge, but when you are hungry it’s too easy to overeat, not recognizing when you need to stop eating. So eat healthy during the day so you aren’t tempted to overindulge in your hunger, and always come back to your plan.
6. Be smart with alcohol
You can have fun at a party without drinking alcohol, but if you don’t want to do without, choose wisely. Straight liquor, if you can drink it, is a great option as it’s low calorie and you can sip on one glass for quite a while. If this isn’t an option for you, go with light beer or a wine spritzer with seltzer water. Be cautious of cocktails as they are loaded with sugar, making them high in calories and super easy to drink quickly, increasing the likelihood you’ll get another sooner than your plan.
Now go forth friends knowing how to eat less at parties so that you can stick to your clean eating, whole foods healthy lifestyles!