- 1) Eat something healthy before heading to the party. Arriving to a party famished is bound to set you up for making unhealthy decisions. Your ability to resolve in times of hunger, weakens. Eating a medium size homemade salad with a vegan or lean animal protein source and a side of fruit, will allow you to arrive to the party with a slight appetite. This will help you make more calculated decisions because you are not fighting against low blood-sugar.
- 2) Bring something to share. Offering to bring a dish will allow you to know for certain, that there will be something healthy available for you eat, and you will also be contributing a healthy option for others to enjoy. That very same salad you made as snack before the party, could be what you share with the hostess.
- 3) Make substitutions. Making effort to substitute food items or to omit certain parts of a dish will help you to control the calories. Omitting low nutrient items like breading, dressings, and sugary toppings will help you focus on eating the high-nutrient portions of the dish.
- 4) Focus on the fellowship, not the food. Though many times food brings people together, the gathering itself is not about the food. It is about the fellowship. When you are at your Labor Day gathering(s) (plural, because we all know there is often more than one party) spend your time doing more socializing than eating. Have a glass of water and cut-up fruit with you, if you feel like munching while talking. This will really help you to be present and engage with the people you love.
- 5) Get moving. When we know there is a weekend or vacation ahead filled with indulgences, it is always a good idea to make a commitment to move more. Go on walk at the beginning and the end of the day, or do some short 15 minute high-intensity interval training workouts (HIIT). If you are not sure what HIIT is, check out my 15 minute workout post to see how you can have a fat-burning and effective workout in a short amount of time.
Short and sweet. I hope you found these helpful! If you follow these tips in order, before to after the part(ies), you will be sure to have THE best "after-party," of health and celebration! If you can make it through these moments you can make it to your milestones! - Beth Moore.
Be well and Happy Labor Day!