By Karen Kwan
That platter of spring rolls is calling your name. It’s your favourite: the crispy, deep-fried exterior and the yummy savoury ingredients inside, paired with that tangy plum sauce. You’ve already hit the cheese platter, though (and after having had a full dinner) and before you know it, you’ve gobbled down four spring rolls.
Sound familiar? Don’t let this holiday season derail your healthy habits. Here are a few ways to stay on track.
Don’t get bored. Catch up with your neighbour (and move away from the buffet table to further resist mindlessly munching on the platters of food) or go play foodball or Wii or whatever other party entertainment there is. Very often it’s when we’re bored that we start pecking at food when we don’t even want it.
Don’t skip dinner. You know you have a party where the host is going to be cooking up some phenomenal food. So it makes sense to skip dinner and make the appetizers at the party your dinner, right? Not so much. Chances are you’ll be so ravenous by the time you get to the party and will feel you can eat as much as you want (you may even eat more than you would’ve had you had supper!). It’s better to have a sensible, well balanced dinner at home, and at the party be selective about trying only your favourites. (And if you just want a taste of something, take a very small portion or share a canapé with a friend).
Don’t drink your calories. You’re feeling pretty good about not devouring a single cookie, but what about those martinis you’ve been sipping on? Cocktails are loaded with calories and sugar, plus they don’t give you that feeling of satiety so you may find yourself guzzling drinks all night. Indulge in one if you truly enjoy them, but try to stick to water or calorie-wise wine spritzers.
Don’t forget to some mints. If your clutch can fit mouthwash or a toothbrush and toothpaste, bring them with you to the party. After you’ve had a taste of the one or two things you truly enjoy, excuse yourself to the washroom and brush your teeth or use a mouthwash—having a minty fresh mouth will help deter you from eating and drinking more (you won’t feel like messing up that clean feeling). Gum or some mints will work, too.
Don’t be too hard on yourself (but do get back on the right track). So you went to great party where you drank and ate with abandon. We all make mistakes. But don’t use this one incident as an excuse to completely sabotage your diet for the rest of the holiday season. Sure, you could make dieting one of your new year’s resolutions, but it’d be easier to get right back on track right away rather than take two steps back by putting on extra weight now.
Image: Anders Ruff