With 4th of July right around the corner and the party invites a-galore, I thought it’d be a great time to give you my top party-going tips! I love a good party, but the party foods don’t always love me. Over the years I’ve developed my toolbox of tips to help me enjoy any party, no matter what they serve!
Party Tip #1 – Eat as much of the healthy options as you desire
Remember that parties are meant to be enjoyed! Don’t restrict yourself by thinking you’re on a diet. Remember when I asked you to Ditch your Diet earlier this year? Look at the available options, make the best choice possible and enjoy!
Party Tip #2 – Walk
Go for a walk before the party. A nice, long walk will get your head in the right space to enjoy your party. Walking reduces stress and, in turn, may help cravings lessen. It also helps boost your mood as a result of having spent time investing in self-care. This feeling usually will persist until party time.
Party Tip #3 – Meditation
I’ve notice a tremendous reduction in food cravings, in addition to the ability to say no to those highly-refined carbohydrate, sugar-laden foods I don’t usually eat, since having started a dedicated meditation practice. In as little as 5 to 10 minutes a day of devoted meditation time, you will feel your willpower increase.
Party Tip #4 – Get plenty of sleep the night before
Lack of sleep leads to carbohydrate cravings as a result of our bodies seeking easily digestible, calorie dense foods. A sleep deficit also lowers our willpower, AKA our ability to refuse foods we know don’t support our health. Personally, if I get less than 7-1/2 hours of sleep, I want ALL the highly-processed starchy or sugary carbs and actively seek them throughout the entire day.
Party Tip #5 – Do NOT skip meals before the party
Simply put, the old wives tale of skipping meals before a party, in order to save calories, does not work! If you skip meals, you’ll be hungrier which in turn, means that you’ll likely eat more later when you’re at the party. Make sure to enjoy all of your regular meals that occur before the start of the party and you’ll be less likely to “fall” face first into the chocolate cake!
Party Tip #6 – Have a snack before you leave
I always grab a quick snack before I leave. Due to my severe gluten and nightshade intolerance, there’s a chance that food may be scarce for me. Even if you don’t have a food sensitivity like me, you’ll be less hungry and less likely to gorge yourself.
Party Tip #7 – For Potlucks, bring a protein dish, large salad or fruit
The array of dishes at potlucks tend to lean toward refined carb-heavy dishes like macaroni salad, casseroles, lasagna, cookies and cupcakes. I always opt to bring a protein dish so I know that I’ll have a good choice when it comes to a main dish. If you’re going to a BBQ potluck, bring a large green salad or fruit salad and opt to have that burger or hot dog without the bun.
Party Tip #8 – Don’t make food the focus of the event
Enjoy the great company of friends and family. Participate in the wonderful conversations going on around you. And for gosh sakes, don’t stand around the food table!
Party Tip #9 – Make a decision ahead of time whether you will indulge in a treat
For some this is alcohol and for others, such as myself, it’s usually sugar. Decide, in advance, how many drinks you’ll be having or if you’re going to have a dessert or some other treat you don’t normally indulge in. If you’ve employed #2-6 before, it will be much easier to stick to your decision.
Party Tip #10 – Drink plenty of water
Thirst often masks itself as hunger so check in with yourself by hydrating and then reassessing your hunger. You can also try holding a glass or bottle of water in your hand which keeps your hands full and not picking at the buffet table. If you’re enjoying an adult beverage, try drinking a glass or two of water in between cocktails in order to spread them out and hopefully, reduce the number of boozy concoctions you imbibe.
There you have it – my 10 tips for enjoying any party! If you follow these useful suggestions, you can party like it’s 1999 without later feeling like you are 99! What are your plans this holiday weekend and what tips and tricks do you have up your sleeve for feeling awesome during the holidays?