Although it may seem counter-intuitive, you should never show up to a party starving; as this may lead to over eating. We're all guilty of "saving" our calories for a party; you know you are going to be eating a lot, so why waste calories before you even get there? Although the logic may be there, it would be a mistake to skip out on eating before the party. You do not want to be ravenous when you get to the party because then you are more likely to overeat. My suggestion would be to eat a well portioned breakfast and morning snack just as you normally would. I would even bring some of our food packets with you for lunch. For example, you can carry an Ostrim stick in your pocket, or you can mix a vanilla Healthwise drink in its convenient container. It's safe to assume that the starving, ravenous version of yourself has far less self-control and mindfulness when it comes to eating sensible, healthy portions as opposed to a well-fed version of yourself.
There is a simple answer when presented with appetizers; don't sit or stand anywhere near the buffet or food table. If you do decide to indulge with a small plate of appetizers, stick to healthy options such as shrimp, vegetables, salads (with no dressing), and lean meats. Always make sure to wash your appetizers down with a glass of water. This will not only help you stay hydrated, but it will help you feel fuller. If you are unsure if there will be any healthy options at the party, you could consider bringing your own healthy dish instead of an extra dessert. Another helpful tip to ensure that you don't continuously snack is to make sure that you have something in your dominant hand at all times, such as a water bottle. This will make you less likely to pick at foods, and more likely to drink water. It's a win-win.
When it comes to the main meal make sure that you fill up on lean protein and vegetables. Have a salad to start the meal (again with minimal to no dressing). Studies show, those who eat a salad before a meal tend to eat less during the actual meal. It is also important to chew slowly and actually savor your food. Chewing slowly ensures that you will eat less and feel fuller faster. Try to refrain from going back to the buffet table for seconds and thirds, unless you are going for an extra helping of lean protein or vegetables. Remember that water is still key. Continually drink water before, during, and after the meal.
Be on the look out for our next installment with tips about drinking alcohol and eating desserts during the holiday season.