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Shimmering Snowflakes Week 2

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Assignment: How do you survive all the Christmas parties & banquets? Any tips or tricks??

I went to a pot-luck Christmas party on Sunday and actually did much better than usual. How did I do that?

1. I took small portions.
2. I looked for food that I thought would be healthy and low-fat. I chose vegan split pea-barley soup when DH chose creamy corn chowder. I chose a small pice of French bread plain where DH had a vegetarian enchilada.
3. I took one bite of DH’s vegetarian enchilada instead of an entire one.
4. I chose fresh veggies (salad) with a “light” dressing.
5. I did go look at the dessert table. I felt rescued when I spotted the big bowl of tangerines! I knew exactly what I would have for dessert.
6. I limited myself to one small glass of wine.
7. I focused on getting to know the others at our table rather than on the food.

Every event is different and of course some have better options than others. This time I came in under my daily calorie range, especially low in protein, so I had some leftover salmon when I got home to cap off my day.

Another thing that helped was that I was able to base my choices on my experience measuring and tracking regularly. For instance, I now know what a cup of soup looks like and about how much is an ounce of bread.

So to sum it up:
Small portions, and know what small means from past experience.
Share with others instead of having a full serving.
Chose healthy options that will satisfy you on weigh-in day and not just for the moment.

Easier said than done most of the time!
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    1369 days ago
    Thanks for sharing your tips. It's great to hear how someone actually applied the advice they give!
    1372 days ago
    emoticon tips! So true about the applicability of different strategies for different events. wishing you a happy holiday.
    1372 days ago
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