3 tips to avoid overeating at holiday parties

December 22 2015 by Jess

Our in-house nutritionist Jess shares her tips to enjoy holiday parties without overeating. Happy holidays!

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plan ahead

Planning ahead before events prevents you from having to make a decision in the heat of the moment and reduces your reliance on willpower. Try to find out what kind of food will be served in advance so you can anticipate potential obstacles and work around them. This will lead to a lot of better decisions being made.

For example, if you know you are going to a drinks party and there’s only finger food, then having a small dinner beforehand or making concrete and exciting dinner plans for afterwards will ensure you get a good meal in the evening and you don’t gorge at the party.

Having a fridge well stocked with ready homemade creations can also be a winner as you can dig into a feast when you get home!

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make the best choices

When navigating your way around a buffet table, take a moment to look at everything on display so you know what your options are. Fill up half your plate with leaves or greens and then locate your best source of protein; fish, chicken, eggs, beans or pulses are all great sources. Protein and greens will fill you up, while also being a great source of nutrients. If you fill yourself up with the best choices, you’re less likely to want any uninspiring desserts that come out later.

When it comes to making the best drinks choice, steer clear of the cocktails, as they can often be very sugary. Instead, go for a vodka & soda with fresh lime or a small glass of wine, followed by a glass of water to re-hydrate and help dilute the alcohol sugars.

When in doubt, go for the greens, keep the sugar down and befriend protein!

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pick your battles

Go through your upcoming events and evaluate which ones are worth a food and drink splurge and which ones aren’t. Some events will be more special and sentimental than others and some are more likely to have awesome food, so work out which ones matter to you.

Once you’ve highlighted them, enjoy them guilt free! Two events a week tops is a good number, depending on your health goals, otherwise you will likely have to do a little compensating to make up for the extra indulgence.

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By Jess, graze nutritionist.

Our nutritionist extraordinaire, Jess trained at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and is a registered practitioner with the British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy. She's the creator of our health badges, to help you choose the snacks and boxes that are right for you. Check out everything from Jess on our blog, with recipes and tricks to help you keep making better choices, or go to Jess's blog at jessipes.co.uk for even more.

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