- Drink a glass of water before attending a party or dinner. This keeps you from overeating by making you feel full and helps with digesting all of the rich foods.
- Bring a dish to the potluck or party that is healthy, so that you will have at least one healthy go-to option. This is a great idea for children’s celebrations where the table usually has a lot of sweet temptations. A vegetable tray or a dish of meatballs will help curb your sweet tooth.
- Pick the smaller plate when you go through the line.
- If you have food sensitivities, eat a light snack before you go out. That way if everything on the table has dairy in it and you are lactose intolerant, you won’t be tempted to cheat a little. Also, asking the hostess if you may bring a dish that will meet the “dairy free,” “vegan,” or “gluten free” issues of yourself and other guests is always helpful and usually much appreciated.
- If desserts are your weakness, look at all your options before choosing. Yes, take an inventory of the dessert table. If you still can’t decide, slice thin and sample--a thin slice of pumpkin pie and a little sliver of chocolate cake.
As my co-worker John says, “Everything in moderation.” That means desserts too! If you have a favorite tip, feel free to share it in the comments section below. I wish you healthy, holiday eating and wonderful fellowship. Tune in next week as we will be returning to the lifeguard antics and humor of “Suits and Guarders.”