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Secrets to staying thin while partying

“It’s Party Time!”

Remember that social gatherings are for the purpose of socializing. While there is usually food and beverages at these gatherings, remember why you are there. By focusing on “being present” and listening even better, will you have a better time, connect with people in a greater way, and build relationships.

Have  a healthy meal that is protein-rich or a protein shake before the party. This will keep you committed to you health goals and help you resist temptations of choosing food that does not support your goals.  Grab a nice cold bottle of water and drink on the way to the party. This will also make sure you are hydrated and contribute to feeling full.

If you want to have an alcoholic beverage or so, decide on your limit before you get to the party and stick to it. Between each beverage, drink a glass of water. Alcohol is calorie rich, nutrition poor and shuts down your metabolism for several hours. It also can impair your ability to make good eating choices and you may eat even if not hungry. Typically you will choose foods with a lot of sugar, salt and fat.

Review why you are committed to your “health or weight-loss” goals before you leave. It can even help to spend a few minutes and visualize why the “perfect healthy You” looks and feels like. Another help is to write your vision out on an index card and stick it in your pocket as a reminder of your commitment to yourself.

To ensure there are healthy choices at the party and as a kind gesture, bring a fruit or vegetable platter. The host will appreciate this and you know that you will be able to make healthy food choices. Remember moderation is the key too. While there will usually be foods that are not completely healthy, a little bit of these foods are good to have.  By making wise portion choices, you will not feel deprived of certain favorites and still can enjoy.

“Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time.” Arnold H. Glasgow

 

 

 

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