The Party Girl's Guide to Staying Slim During the Holidays

Use these party strategies at your next holiday gathering to keep you on track and looking great.

With a packed social calendar this holiday season, I know that a myriad of high-calorie, festive foods and drink choices are in my future. My biggest challenge is to not over-indulge in all of those yummy flavors, but to still enjoy some delightful treats. Here are some of the party strategies I use to keep myself from going overboard.

Party Strategy 1: Alcohol
Work parties and social gatherings are definitely on the menu this season. And these parties offer variety of alcoholic beverages–everything from margaritas and martinis to wine and mixed drinks. Here are a few ways I like to keep my alcohol calories in check:

Party Strategy 2: The Buffet
My biggest issue when faced with a buffet is not picking at the food throughout the entire evening. I can recall many events where I left feeling full and not having an idea what I ate over the past few hours. I've found that these strategies work for me to control my appetite and to avoid overeating.

Party Strategy 3: When I'm the Hostess
When throwing parties, I like to help out my guests by serving healthy alternatives as well as adding some other activities to shift the emphasis away from eating. Try a few of these ideas:

By: Holley Johnson, M.S., R.D., Food Editor
Dec, 2008

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