Keep Your Health Goals on Track, Even While You Party!
Hey there, wellness warriors of Living Well Dallas! It’s that time of the year again – sparkling lights, festive music, and yes, the endless line-up of holiday parties. While these gatherings are a blast, they can be a bit of a maze for those of us trying to stick to our health goals. But fear not! We’ve got some functional medicine-inspired tips to help you sail through the holiday parties, all while keeping your health compass pointed north.
1. Be a Holiday Snack Smarty
Attending a party on an empty stomach is like going grocery shopping when you’re famished – not a great idea. Have a small, healthy snack before you head out. This way, you won’t beeline to the buffet table the moment you arrive.
2. Buddy Up with Veggies
At the party, make vegetables your new best friends. Fill half of your plate with veggies before moving on to other offerings. They’re not just nutrient-dense but also help fill you up, ensuring you don’t overdo the richer options. There’s a good reason why mom always made you eat your veggies first, and no it wasn’t so you could eat dessert faster!
3. Sip Smart
Holiday drinks, anyone? While it’s okay to enjoy a festive beverage, be mindful of what you’re sipping on. Go for drinks lower in sugar, or better yet, alternate with water – your body (and head the next morning) will thank you! And if drinking is a must for you, remember to include extra electrolytes into your day to help with hydration! Check out these healthier alternatives, Christmas Mocktails.
4. The Power of a Polite ‘No, Thank You’
Remember, it’s perfectly okay to politely decline food or drinks that don’t align with your health goals. A simple “No, thank you” or “I’m good for now” works wonders.
5. Mindful Munching
Eat slowly and savor each bite. This isn’t just about enjoying the flavors more; it also gives your body the time to signal when it’s full, helping you avoid overindulgence. And while you’re living in the moment, take time to think about all that your thankful for, like your healthy body, your growing mind and all of the little things that make up a great life.
6. Get Your Groove On
Don’t just sit – dance! Not only is it incredibly fun, but it’s also a great way to stay active. Plus, who doesn’t love a good dance-off? Challenge that little cousin that is always making TikTok videos and see who wins the battle of the best!
7. Bring a Healthy Plus-One
If you’re unsure about the menu, offer to bring a dish or two that you know you can eat. Whip up something delicious and healthy. It’s a great way to ensure there’s something you can enjoy guilt-free, and others will probably appreciate it too! You’ll be surprised at how many naysayers will actually enjoy your healthy options! Gluten-free? Check out this previous LWD blog post about planning a gluten-free Thanksgiving.
8. Savor the Experience, Not Just the Food
Engage in conversations, participate in games, enjoy the music. Parties are about the people and the experience as much as they are about the food. Look around at all the things in your life to be thankful for, like family and friends! The food is just the opening act and the cherished memories take the main stage for the grand finale.
9. Give Yourself Grace
If you do indulge a bit more than planned, don’t stress. One party won’t derail your health goals. Acknowledge, learn, and move on with your healthy habits. Give yourself grace and room to get back on track once the holidays are over.
10. Reflect on Your Wins
After the party, give yourself a pat on the back for the healthy choices you made. Positive reinforcement goes a long way!
So there you have it, party people! With these tips in your toolkit, you’re all set to navigate the holiday parties like a health pro. Remember, it’s all about balance, mindfulness, and enjoying the festive season while staying true to your wellness journey.
Happy Holidays, and here’s to celebrating in style and health!