Surviving new year without quitting your diet
By Brittany Buchanan
Dec. 26, 2017 at 3:51 p.m.
Let's face it: The holidays can be difficult if you are trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. No matter what the function is, there seems to always be plenty of fudge, pies and sugar cookies for people to eat. Getting through these holiday parties and gatherings can seem like an impossible task. Here are some tips you can try to help stay on track with your healthy eating goals.
Eat before you arrive. If you eat before you go to a party or event where there will be temptations, you will be less tempted to grab a handful of candy. If you are going to a dinner, eat something nutritious and filing before you go.
Serve yourself. Going off my first tip, it may come off rude if you do not eat what is being served. Have a healthy snack before the party and serve yourself so you can pick healthier options and control what portions you are given.
Seconds. Avoid going back for seconds. If you had a healthy snack before the party, you shouldn't be very hungry for a second round.
Bring your own dish. If the event is potluck style, bring something that you know is healthy and that will keep you satisfied. This will help you make better decisions about what you put on your plate. Plus, it can bring up good conversations about healthier eating.
Say no. Even if everyone is eating, it doesn't mean you have to. There is nothing wrong with declining a holiday beverage or sugary treat, but if you are serious about what you are putting in your body, your family will have to understand and respect that, even if they don't like your decision or if they don't understand why you're doing it. It is your body, and you are in control of what you put in it.
Drink water. Staying hydrated is a good way to keep hunger at bay and keep you from falling for sugary temptations. We also can mistake being thirsty for being hungry, this can cause us to eat excess calories we don't need, when all our body wanted was water. Also, if you are crunched for time and can't make yourself a healthy snack before the party, drinking a couple of glasses of water can keep you from over-indulging.
Socialize. Too often, food is the center of the party. But if you are mingling and talking with friends and loved ones, you'll be less likely to be bored and catch yourself digging into the fudge jar. Plus, focusing on family and friends is what makes the holidays most meaningful.
Splurge wisely. My last tip is probably the most important one. The holidays only come once a year, but the parties and food can seem never-ending. There is no reason you can't enjoy an unhealthy meal or treat on occasion.
Brittany Buchanan has received her Bachelor of Science in nutrition from Texas Tech University, just completed her dietetic internship, and will sit for her registered dietitian exam in December.