If I am not sure if there is going to be something healthy, I will bring a big bowl of something healthy I can share. I start with the green food on my plate first and move out from there to the things I love. If I don't love it, I don't eat it. So if it's a choice between potato and macaroni salad, I'd have the potato salad. And as for serving size I focus on the heaping table spoon idea or if the spoons are gigantic I focus on filling a third of it at the most. Sometimes the shear variety of a bit of everything satisfies me through my taste buds.
Have it, but control having it. Eat it slow... I am working on this as a fast eater. And don't go back for seconds immediately. Sit as long as you can and you'll miss a few temptations cause others will have eaten them up saving you the calories.
With desserts, sugar is plain bad for us, so say if there are several choices and birthday cake, I would have the cake even if it's not my favourite just so I can have a piece of it for the ritual of the reason we are all together.
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I make sure to have a light snack before I go to a party, limit myself to two drinks (or stretch out 2 glasses of wine to 4 white wine spritzers), and choose one or two special treats (things that I know I love and will savor, like caesar salad. Why waste calories on things you feel "meh" about?) and then enjoy a selection of lighter fare (veggie platters and corn on the cob are usually available at bbq's). If you're getting something off the grill, a dry chicken breast is usually the best option, but burgers can be pretty lean too! Use a thin bun or half a regular bun, and load it with veggies or try it with grilled pineapple!
I would suggest small portions of everything you want to try. That way you don't deprive yourself and you get to enjoy the food and have fun. If you can forgo the alcohol that would be best. You don't really need those calories! If not, then do the alcohol in very very very moderation.
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Maybe have a burger with out the bun to cut calories or open faced with tomato and lettuce ontop... 10 french fries are about 100 calories...I dip my in mustard instead of sugar laden ketchup...skip the jello shots and have a mixed drink or two that is tall and you can savor with sips and still enjoy the celebration. A glass of champagne is only around 78 calories...maybe bring along a bottle or two...one for a gift, the other to open.... Keep moving around at the party, just walking around for 1/2 hour will burn off the champagne calories.
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It is hard for me too. But each time I plan, and then reflect on how it goes. And mostly, I can say, 'hey, I did it'. I ate and drank what I planned, and feel heaps more better for it.
Jacqueline Western Australia (GMT+08:00)
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5/18/13 5:01 A
This is hard for me too
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1,234 5/18/13 4:21 A
If you know generally the types of food, make a plan what you want to eat before you go. I try to stick to this and eat when it is served, i.e. avoiding all nibbles. Include alcohol if you wish, but again plan before you go. Also, rehearse what to say if pressed to eat or drink more than you planned. However, I've found that most people don't notice, especially if you have a glass or plate in your hand. Overall, plan to have fun in good company!
We have a no drink and drive rule here, so I now I find it easier to be the 'designated' driver. So if pressed to drink alcohol, it is really easy to answer "it's my turn to drive tonight"
Jacqueline Western Australia (GMT+08:00)
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22,504 5/18/13 2:57 A
Try having some water between glasses of alcohol, and go steady on the latter. Made the best choices, but don't feel guilty if you don't. We all have times when this sort of thing happens - there isn't really any getting away from it. If you deprive yourself totally, odds are that you will end up falling off the wagon and having a hard time getting back on.
I am not a Dr - please check with your qualified Health Professional for a diagnosis and treatment plan
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5/18/13 12:32 A
I've had more fun at parties since I started eating healthy. I eat a full meal before leaving for the party so I'm not hungry. My tastes have changed and old favorites don't tastes as good to me. I don't feel a social obligation to eat what I don't want. Now my focus is on the people and not the food. Sometimes I have a couple spoonfuls of something that tastes wonderful. Most times I'm happy drinking water while mingling. Few notice that I'm not eating. If they ask I say I'm not hungry--no explanation of diet or how unhealthy the food is. If you want jello shots, enjoy! Nothing is off limits on Sparks, but choose food and drink that you really enjoy.
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120 5/17/13 11:30 P
will there be grilled chicken or veggies? give yourself a one or two drink limit if you really feel you need one, but count it in your tracker. if you can scrape up the willpower, just have water and skip the alcohol altogether.
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2,135 5/17/13 10:25 P
I'd simply suggest you enjoy yourself!!
That doesn't mean you can't do a bit of pre-planning though.... First off, eat conservatively earlier in the day, so you have a few "extra" calories leftover so to speak; second, eat something healthy not too long before you head out (you're less likely to totally lose control!); keep the celebratory drinks to one, then switch to low cal soda or just water with lime/lemon--its likely no one will even notice--; and if there's salad/veggie tray hone in on it! Limit yourself to one burger...you'll be fine!
Remember that a healthy journey can include some 80/20 days, so don't panic if you over-indulge a bit. Its one night----a drop in the bucket for your lifelong journey!!
And, Happy Birthday to your friend!! 40 is a great milestone...you really start getting perspective on what living really means!
Patti "You're going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view" Obiwan Return of the Jedi
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I would recommend either eating a light breakfast that day, or eat as you normally would and have small portions at the party. I know being at a party makes you feel like you need to try everything, and to be polite by finishing your plate, but you really shouldn't worry about that. Instead pick what looks best to you and keep the portion small.
If you've been on track with your eating up to this point, one day of being a bit over isn't bad. Sometimes your body needs a change to keep it guessing. Just as long as YOU are in control of your eating, and feel satisfied (not forcing yourself to eat more), you should be okay. The most important thing to do at a party is HAVE FUN! Get lost in the activities if you need to in order to avoid food binging.
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3 5/17/13 9:06 P
I am going to a good friends 40th birthday party and there will be drinks galore, jello shooters, burgers, fries an more. What to do? I don't want to over eat but I am afraid I will. Any one have advice?
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