The Party Problem

Have you been at a party and eaten too much?  We’ve all been there.  I just did it yesterday at my aunt’s 50th birthday party.  It’s so easy to do.  We are all out of our normal eating routine.  There are so many dishes that are equally delicious.  You’re around people who encourage you to try all the dishes.  Plus, I don’t want to forget to mention how many courses might be served.

Parties can be very fun, but dangerous to your dietary goals.  There are so many temptations at these special events.  And, since it’s a special time, calories don’t count, right?  Not so much.

But, don’t get discouraged about it.  You can still eat healthy and enjoy the party & all its dishes.  I think the best thing you can do is PREPARE.  Before the party, plan your dish (if you’re responsible for one) as a healthy food.  Next, have a plan on how you would “attack” the buffet.  Pick only the foods you know you will like and know are healthy choices.  You don’t have to sample every dish.

Here’s another strategy.  Try to limit each course to 1 plate.  Sample one small plate from the appetizer spread.  Fill your dinner plate only once.  Finally, pick one dessert.  And as always, listen to your hunger cues. Eat when you are hungry and stop when you are satisfied.  Try this next time and see if it works for you!