You’ve received an invitation to a get together, and the first thing you think about is how delighted you are; but the second thing you think about is how much temptation there is going to be. Food and drinks are usually abundant when people get together. Excessive amounts of appetizers, entrees, desserts and refreshing drinks call your name, begging you to dive in and consume more than you know you should. And, even though you know you shouldn’t go for another mozzarella stick, or you shouldn’t take seconds of that dessert, for some reason, you can’t seem to help it.
Yes, a get together can be a lot of fun, but after consuming so much, you may leave the affair with pants that are fitting a bit snugger than they did when you arrived.
You don’t have to turn down an invitation to a gathering in order to keep your waistline in check. Instead, try using some of these tactics to avoid over indulging.
You should be drinking plenty of water every day anyway, but before a get together, upping the amount of water you drink can help you avoid eating too much. Water has a filling effect, especially when you drink a good bit of it. So, before you head to your gathering, make sure you drink plenty of water.
Bring a Healthy Dessert Alternative
Don’t risk being lured in by the cakes, cookies, pies and other delicious, yet terribly fattening treats that will be at a get together. Instead, bring your own healthy dessert alternative. Ask the host if you can bring along a dessert, and prepare something healthy. A fruit bowl can tickle your sweet tooth as much as a brownie or a piece of cake, and it won’t stick around your waist after the event is over.
If there are appetizers, avoid digging into those fattening chips and dips and instead opt for the veggie platter. If you fear that such an option won’t be available to you, you can ask the host if you can bring one along so that you can be sure there are veggies to munch on.
Eat Wise Beforehand
In addition to drinking more water before the event, make sure that you eat healthy and fulfilling foods before you head out to the affair. If you are attending a dinner party, make sure your breakfast, lunch and any snacks that you consume that day are healthy and that they are filling.
The more fulfilled you are before you arrive at the party, the less likely you will be to indulge in those non-waist-friendly offerings.
Whether the get together is in honor of your birthday, a promotion or any other celebratory affair, keep in mind that food is not a reward for a job well done. Instead, treat yourself with something nice that isn’t edible; a trip to the spa, shopping or even a mini-retreat.
With these tips in mind, you will be able to attend a get together without leaving with a tremendous amount of guilt because of all of the food you ate.
*This article was submitted by Felicity Dryer. Felicity is freelance writer from Southern California. She has a passion for helping people in any way she can. She currently writes for Presidio Home Care’s Blog, as well as other health and wellness sites. In her free time, she loves to hike and find new healthy recipes. You can also find Felicity on Facebook.