Healthy Holiday and Party Eating

Don’t go to a party hungry.
Eat wholesome meals throughout the day to avoid overeating at the party.

Watch your portions.
Always watch your portions. Choose small portions to allow sampling of all the different foods. Remember that moderation is the key.

Make a conscious choice to limit high fat items.
Fried foods, cream-based soups, cheese-filled casseroles, pies, processed meats and some pastries and baked goods can be high in fat. Limit your intake of these foods and only try what you really want.

Try other versions of alcohol.
Instead of beer, cider, margaritas or Kahlua, try wine, Bloody Marys, or spirits with a diet mixer or soda. Calories from alcohol tend to be stored in the abdomen and people who are overweight actually gain weight more easily when they consume alcohol.

Drink plenty of water.
Drink one glass of water for every glass of alcohol to keep your body hydrated.

Maintain physical activity.
Keep up your exercise routine and add walks with friends when you can to burn calories.

If you are cooking, try some lower-fat recipe substitutions.
Low fat plain yogurt can be used instead of sour cream. Low fat versions of dairy products can be used instead of their full-fat counterparts. There are many lower fat products, such as mayonnaise, out there to try in your recipes. Experiment with these to decrease fat and calories in your favorite recipes.