Holiday Parties: 10 Steps to Low-Carb Success
The holiday party season is here, and even more than parties at other times, it tends to be a real carb-fest! Cookies, candy, desserts, and holiday breads are added to the usual array of crackers, chips, and rolls. Before you eat your way into a carb-induced stupor, take some time to think ahead to avoid overindulging.
Before you Go
1. Make a game plan, and try to be
realistic. Do you think you want to make it though the party totally “on
plan"? If not, how much of a deviation do you want to allow yourself?
Think about how you will feel afterwards. Having a few bites of something
off-plan won’t break the bank, but you don’t have to give in to “all or nothing
thinking,” either. Eating a cookie doesn’t need to be the beginning of a long
night of “carbing out." On the other hand, you might decide that there is
one special party where you’ll choose to indulge. The important thing is to see
it as a planned deviation, and not slide into a frame of mind that says, “Oh,
well, there’s always New Years.”
When you Get There
4. Case the joint –- check out the
food scene, and form a plan. If you’ve planned a treat, figure out what it will
be, but don’t grab it yet. Just know that later on, it will be yours. (If
you’re worried it will be gone, see if you can find somewhere to stash it.)
The Party Continues
7. Keep your focus on conversation
and entertainment, preferably away from the food table. When you veer closer,
stick to small amounts and veer away again. Think “nibble” rather than “bite.”
10. Now it’s time for your treat, if you’ve decided to have it. The rule is: Enjoy every bite. This requires focus. And be aware of the “Law of Diminishing Dessert Returns:” The first few bites are usually the best. If your enjoyment is lessening, why continue? You’ve had a great time celebrating, the evening is a success, and no regrets or “carb hangovers” the next day.