A reader asks the following question:
“I have a big party to go to this weekend. I’ve been really good with my New Year’s resolutions and I don’t want to blow it. Help!”
Please join this discussion and post your comments. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Here’s the answer . . .
Celebrations Can Be Healthy
Obviously it’s more difficult when you don’t have control over the food and drink items being served. But, you DO have control over your own choices. Celebrations don’t have to be avoided in order to stay healthy but you do need to do a little preparation and planning in order to really enjoy your celebration.
Celebration And Food
First, make sure you have eaten something filling and healthy before you arrive. Something with a good protein, fiber, and fat. Think apple slices with nut butter and a half of cooked chicken breast (or something similar).
Next, make sure you got your movement in for the day. Even a brisk 2-30 minute walk will be helpful to get the blood flowing and metabolism revved.
If it’s appropriate, bring a platter of healthy choices to the celebration. Cut vegetables with a nice Miso/Nut Dip is always a hit and you’ll be sure there is something you can enjoy.
When you get to the celebration event, take a look at all your food options. Try to focus on high quality proteins, fruits, and vegetables. Try to avoid the hydrogenated fats and overly processed options that frequent celebration tables. If you want to splurge, decide which items are worth it calorically and nutritionally, and then take a small amount. Really, really focus and enjoy these celebration foods. The first 2-3 bites are the ones where your mouth and mind will enjoy the celebration too. If the food isn’t good enough for you to splurge on – wait for another day. Making our food have a purpose and a plan is the most important aspect.
Celebration and Drink
Before, after, and during the event – stay hydrated! Water helps you detox and removes toxins from your liver and kidneys. It will help you feel full. If you are choosing to imbide in alcholic beverages during the event, try for one glass of water after every beverage with alcohol you consume.
You can always choose non-alcoholic beverages. Try sparkling water with a spash of cranberry juice or pomegranate juice in a wine glass – looks a lot like blush wine. Pear juice and sparkling water with a few drops of lemon juice in a champagne glass is amazing. Or sparkling water with lime juice, garnished with a lime wedge in a highball glass to look like a gin and tonic. Instead of beer try kombucha for a great digestive aid and fun option. Martini glasses look beautiful with a mix of sparkling water, pomegranate juice, a few drops of lime juice garnished with a lime twist and pomegranate seeds. Of course good old varietal grape juice (juice from wine-quality grapes) mixed with sparkling water can take the place of red wine.