How Stick To Your Nutrition Goals, Even When Partying

By Alexis Wolfer

Between passed hors d’oeuvres, overflowing nut bowls and open bars, it’s no wonder parties are often a recipe for overindulgences. What can we say, our lovely host doesn’t quite share our affinity for fresh produce and the caterer at our office’s party has a love for butter so strong it’s almost palpable – no, wait, it is palpable…

Whether you’re out at holiday soirées or on vacation, it can seem practically impossible to maintain complete control. And that’s true. But just because you can’t maintain total control over every last ingredient ingested, doesn’t mean you’re bound to torpedo completely out of control either.

To help us all avoid us turning into a pigs in a blanket at midnight (Cinderella style), we turned to celebrity nutritionist Paula Simpson to get her top tricks the stars use to avoid over indulging at parties…

How To Avoid Overindulging At Parties

Avoid Fad Diets. They promote an unhealthy rate of weight loss and omit a large proportion of the food groups, which ultimately leads you feeling unsatisfied and often causes you to over-indulge in times of weakness. Instead, eat a nutritionally balanced diet and stay physically active.

Eat a High-Carb, High-Fiber Breakfast. Before a big dinner, start your morning off with a high-fiber, carbohydrate-rich breakfast. You’ll start your day more focused and energized and won’t be as hungry later on in the afternoon or evening. A half-cup of high-fiber cereal can contain as much as 14 grams of fiber and some high-fiber bread has 6 grams per slice. Aim for a total of 25 – 30 grams of fiber daily to best stabilize energy levels. Not a breakfast eater? Try a protein smoothie!

Snack Smartly Before a Big Meal. Before attending a big party, grab a handful of almonds. They are a great source of protein, are high in fiber and vitamin E and contain more calcium than any other nut. Their source of protein and fat helps to satisfy hunger so you won’t eat as much later.

Choose Living Foods. Living foods are alive, colorful, fresh and raw. They don’t contain artificial ingredients and they provide lots of vitamins and minerals. Plus, most veggies and fruit tend to contain more than half water – so they keep your body hydrated and fill you up more quickly.

Hydrate. If you plan on drinking a lot, make sure to alternate glasses of wine with water. Not only will it keep you hydrated and more full, but it may also save you some unnecessary embarrassment.

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