16 Healthy Tips for New Years Eve

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The holiday season is a serious challenge for us all. While holiday parties, time with family and friends, and office treats are generally (hopefully) positive experiences, they pose some problems as it pertains to the waist line! Now that much of the season is behind us, all eyes are on the quickly approaching New Years. Below I’ve compiled a list of some of the top tips I’ve come across over the years for navigating around New Year’s parties no matter which way you plan to celebrate. I’d love for you to chime in with some tips of your own below!

If you’re going to a party at someone’s house:

  • Bring a clutch/handheld purse. This way, you can only have a drink
    OR a plate of food in the other hand.
  • Bring a healthy item that you know is “safe” – fruits/veggies with
    dip is a great option because it’s something low calorie you can munch on
    all night and not do too much damage.
  • Don’t start eating and drinking right away. Remember you’re there
    not just for the food and drink, so make the rounds and say hello before you
    imbibe. The longer you wait to start, the less damage you’ll do.
  • Move yourself away from the food. Literally. Don’t take a seat or stand
    so close to the food that you can continue to munch mindlessly.
  • Assess everything that’s there before you make a decision. Make the
    rounds and check out the different
  • Don’t show up ravenous. Enough said.
  • Only allow yourself homemade treats or things that are unique,
    not things you can have any day of the year.

If you’re staying home:

  • Realize you don’t have it have it all the day of.  You will most likely
    have leftovers, and who says you can’t have them for breakfast the next
    day if you doing have points/calories left during the party?
  • Plan some games/activities you can do that don’t involve food/drinks.
  • Exercise portion control techniques – like making single bite appetizers.
  • Always have a crudité plate. Always!

If you’re going out to a bar:

  • Decide ahead of time how many drinks you want to have.
    And try your best to stick to it.
  • Try to have a glass of water after every one or two alcoholic drinks.
    This will slow you down AND keep you hydrated. Win-win!
  • Make sure you eat a solid meal before you go to the bar.
    It’s never good to start drinking on an empty stomach!

No matter how you’re celebrating:

  • Make a plan for exercise on New Year’s Day so you start
    the year off right
    . Many cities have New Year’s Run/Walks, but
    you can also do something on your own. You’ll feel good with a
    workout under your belt the first day of the year, plus is MAY help
    you drink a little less the night before.
  • Don’t fast all day leading up to your celebration of choice.
    This backfires every.single.time. Instead, realizing that you’re probably
    going to eat/drink more than you normally do, focus on having healthy,
    balanced, and nutritious meals leading up to your celebration so you
    don’t arrive ravenous.
  • Whatever happens December 31st, remember January 1st is a new day.
    And a new year!

Please share your #1 tip for staying on track during holiday parties!

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