Surviving Holiday Office Parties and other Gatherings
It’s that time of year again folks. The time of year when everyone in your workplace, extended family, book club, and so on decides it would be fun to throw a party filled with presents, alcohol, and junk food. If you are dieting or just conscious about how much you eat, it can be frustrating. After all, there are too many baked goods and novelty snacks that are being shoved down our proverbial throats from Halloween to New Years. I guess that’s why winter weight gain is a running stereotype. What can you do? Is there any way to stick with your diet, and still enjoy the holiday season?
The answer is yes, but it is a balancing act, much like many other aspects of life. Here are a few ways that you can “tip the scales” back in your favor during the holiday season from our favorite nutritionist, Bekah Dewitt.
Keep Being Active
A tradition that I have followed during this time of year, (especially after Thanksgiving) is to go for a long walk when I am feeling stuffed or claustrophobic. It puts me in a better mood, offsets any extra calories and gets me in the right mindset for social interactions. If you already have a workout routine, that’s even better. Stick with it and it will make life after the holidays easier.
Stick With Real Food
Believe me, I know how tempting it can be for guests to snack through the holidays. I also know how tempting it is for party hosts to leave a bag of pre-packaged snacks for the guests. It requires little effort, and it seems great for the host who doesn’t know how to cook. But it does a disservice to your body and diet to eat nothing but empty calories. Aim for a carrot instead of a potato chip. Look into hummus instead of sour cream dip. Look at apple slices instead of a second cupcake. It will give you the vitamins and minerals your body needs and it will decrease the chances of weight gain this holiday season.