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Hosting a Holiday Party and Staying On Track


Friday, December 13, 2013

I've done really, really well at staying on track since Thanksgiving. Even with holiday partys and junky offerings all around (even the bank had food out and encouraged me to take some when I went to do some paperwork for my job today), I've managed to avoid temptation and eat what I make at home.

I've got plans for family Christmas, plans for Sean's family Christmas, plans for the Christmas Eve party with people from church, but the one day that makes me nervous is next Friday. That night, I'm hosting my own party and I'm making pretty much all the food and drinks.


Now, on one hand this is good news, because since I'll be making everything myself, I'll know exactly what goes into everything, and that'll make it very easy to track. On the other hand, preparing everything and having it in my house will provide more temptation than I've faced so far this season. I considered not having a party this year, but with Sean and I having JUST gotten our house all decorated and with this being my favorite party to host every year (and frankly, usually the only one), I wanted to believe that being healthy didn't mean I need to give up something so important to me.

In preparation, I've been walking myself through cooking without nibbling and focusing on the feeling of having just one or two of each little snack I make at the party itself, hoping to arm myself with strategies to stay on track.

I will, of course, prepare some healthy options, and I plan to focus on eating those. Most of the unhealthier options have gluten in them, which will make me quite sick (and a terrible party hostess if I'm getting sick the whole time), so that's easy to avoid. I've just got to be sure to eat before hand and be very aware of my snacking so I don't lose track of what I consume.

For now, here's the menu:
Cheese platter (Aged white cheddar, brie, parmesean/romano, gouda) with olives, prosciutto, salami, caramelized onions, olives, grapes, honey, and fruit preserves - Served with crackers and crusty bread
Vegetable platter with hummus
Bacon wrapped dates
Smoked salmon and cucumber bites
Goat cheese and cranberry tartlets
Shrimp cocktail
Meatballs
Christmas themed mini cupcakes (debating whether or not to make some of these gluten free so I can have one... maybe it's best if I just avoid them entirely)
Champagne punch
Homemade Irish cream

So basically, I can eat the cheese et al (minus the bread, obviously), veggies and hummus, dates, smoked salmon, and shrimp cocktail. None of these things are really bad for me so long as I keep the portions in moderation and watch what I eat instead of grazing all night long. I could also have either beverage if I wanted them, but I almost never drink these days, so I don't foresee wanting to spend my calories there.

So what strategies have you used to keep away from the food table? If you host a holiday party in your home, what have you done in the prep stages to help yourself stay on track?

Most of all, I'm not delusional in thinking I can do this and stay strong, right? Help me out, Spark World!!!
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FENWAYGIRL18 12/14/2013 1:02AM

    Wow what a menu, god bless you making all that food..... You might want to put out a fruit platter some grapes, strawberries as not everyone likes veggies or humus. But just enjoy yourself if you have a little extra it's one day and just start new the next but your menu sounds delicious wish we were neighbors hahahaha

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WOUBBIE 12/14/2013 12:50AM

    Not delusional. You just have to make up your mind what the rules are. If you decide to let yourself have a non-plan item, then have it, enjoy it, take any consequences, and move on. If you decide to stick to your usual foods, then eat ahead of time, keep your fat levels up so you always feel sated.

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