Yay! The end of the year is in sight and the party season has officially started. Though we're still slaving away at the office to get all the last things done before year-end, we're partying equally hard to reward ourselves for all the hard work.
If you've been watching your diet over the past few months and getting ready to show off your new figure this summer, you may be approaching the party season with some trepidation. Parties = foods and drink galore = kilojoule bombs = bikini crisis.
Before you sink into a deep pit of depression and deprivation, take heart: food fests and trim waistlines do not have to be mutually exclusive. Follow these tips and you can have the best of both worlds:
Never go to a party hungry. Have a healthy balanced snack beforehand and you'll be far better able to resist temptations.
Once you're at the party, don't torture yourself by lingering near the buffet table. The persistent call of your favourite party snack will become totally irresistible if you hover there long enough.
When you do feel like having a snack, avoid the fried, fatty foods, chips, nuts and cheese platters which are very high in kilojoules.
Rather opt for the vegetable crudités and fresh slices of summer fruit. Watch out for the fatty mayonnaise and creamy dips.
When it comes to drinks, choose carefully. Alcoholic drinks, especially cocktails, can be loaded with kilojoules and they also tend to make you feel like eating unhealthy snacks.
Add soda water or ice to your wine, use sugar-free mixers with spirits and drink lots of water in between.
And finally, shake that booty. If dancing on the tables or jumping into the pool is not part of your party repertoire, make some time for at least 30 minutes of exercise every day - this will act as the perfect antidote to that forbidden snack that somehow snuck past your willpower right into your mouth.
Here's to a healthy, fun-filled summer.
- (Birgit Ottermann, Health24 Nutrition Newsletter, November 2011)
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