How to Splurge Smart at Holiday Parties: Treat Yourself Without Stressing Out
I have some holiday parties lined up, and I don’t want to deprive myself when it comes to all the yummy food. How can I indulge without tanking my healthy-eating efforts?
Urge to Splurge
I think it's important to let yourself cut loose every once in a while… but it's also important not to become too focused on regrets and restrictions. Here's some advice...
The day of the event, eat healthy but don't skip meals. You may be tempted to save all your calories for the party, but that'll just leave you feeling hangry all day. So enjoy a satisfying breakfast and a light-yet-filling lunch. The extra calories from one night won't have too much of an impact.
Get in some exercise. If you’re worried about calorie consumption, balance it out with some extra movement. Plus, you'll probably get a mood boost to boot—thanks, endorphins!
It’s all about balance. Survey the scene. Identify your must-have items, then balance them out with the healthier items. If it's a big holiday dinner, make room for those decadent side dishes, then load up your plate with turkey and roasted veggies. Are you a dessert nut? Keep your main meal moderate, and save room for the slice of pie you've been dreaming of. Is it more of a snacky cocktail party? Balance out those indulgent hors-d'œuvres with some crudités.
Sip plenty of water. Do this leading up to the event and while you're there. Hydration is important, and it also can help keep you from feeling out-of-control hungry. Flavored seltzers are huge right now, so chances are you'll be able to find fun alternatives to the plain H2O at the party.
Most importantly: Don't obsess over what you ate afterward. You came, you saw, you chewed, you celebrated… and that's it! Enjoy your evening, have fun with your loved ones, then just resume your usual healthy lifestyle the next day. Make a simple but tasty breakfast the next morning (we have suggestions), maybe go for a walk or a quick workout, and move on. Don’t self-sabotage by throwing in the towel on your healthy habits. It’s all about the 80/20 philosophy!
Happy holidays, and have so much fun!
90-Calorie Zero-Sugar Crunchy Churro Snacks!Our friends at Snacklins recently debuted a DELICIOUS new flavor of their crispy plant-based treats: Cinnamon Churro! Naturally sweetened and available in portion-controlled packs… It’s a MUST-TRY. Order now, and use code 20HUNGRY20 for 20% off all flavors! (Expires 12/22/21.)
Chew on this:
Today, December 15th, is National Lemon Cupcake Day. These Lemon Almond Mini Cakes are incredibly tasty — they'd make an unexpected but welcome addition to any holiday festivity!
Share this email with whoever needs it. Click "Send to a Friend" now.
Send it in! She answers new Qs each week (but cannot respond to emails personally).
We may receive affiliate compensation from some of these links. Prices and availability are subject to change.
We may have received free samples of food, which in no way influences whether these products are reviewed favorably, unfavorably, mentioned with indifference, or mentioned at all. Click for more about our editorial and advertising policies.
*The WW Points® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe or its manufacturer or developer by WW International, Inc., the owner of the Points® trademark.
Questions on the WW Points® values listed? Click here.
Hungry Girl provides general information about food and lifestyle. This information and any linked materials are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice, nor is the information a substitute for professional medical expertise or treatment. Click here for more information.