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Don't Skip Your Next Party - Use These 3 Tips

Today I want to talk to you about how I keep up my healthy eating regimen even during all the holiday parties and events.

Yes, it is possible. Stick with me here...

Actually, the strategies you'll find below are NOT just specific for the holidays, you can use these methods for any social gathering and party that you may be attending.

Just last Saturday, I hosted my own little party for the families on my husband's high school football team (he coaches every year). It was really great because we don't see anyone from football too much outside of weekend games.

In fact, many of these parents don't know me at all...so they don't know how passionate I am about nutrition and health or that we are completely gluten-free and don't eat any processed food. My goal for the party was to choose foods that would make everyone happy, without having to resort to unhealthy "party" foods.

Here is what I served:

Party at Isabel's

The party was a huge hit! By the amount of food that was left (almost none) and the wonderful compliments I received, I could safely assume that everyone thoroughly enjoyed the food and did not go home feeling lousy.

Now, a party at my house would be super easy to work with, BUT what if the party you'll be attending is not quite an Isabel bash? What do you do then?

Here are my top 3 strategies for surviving your next social event or party. These are methods I personally use all the time so I am always excited about any social event or gathering regardless of the food being served.

1. Bring your own Beyond-Diet approved dish.

I very rarely go to anyone's home without bringing something homemade (and my friends and family really look forward to it). The host or hostess is always so grateful and at least I know, if nothing else, I can eat the item I brought.

Many of the items that I served at my last party (shown above) are also some of the items that I bring to parties. I have also been known to make cocktail meatballs (made from grass fed beef), chicken skewers (made from pastured poultry) or smoked salmon on cucumber slices.

You may want to give your hostess/host a few options and see which one appeals to him or her the most. (Tip: Guacamole and fresh veggies is almost always a huge hit everywhere I go!)

2. Eat before the party.

Do not arrive starving! If you really don't think the party will offer anything that is an acceptable option for you, eat beforehand so that you are not partying hungry. If someone asks why you're not eating, you can use any of the following responses and none of them would be lying: "I had a really late lunch and I'm not quite hungry yet.

Everything does look great and I'll be sure to try something out," OR "I'm definitely going to grab something here in a minute. Thanks for asking," OR my personal favorite, "I get pretty sick if I eat any wheat or dairy so I try and stay away from it.

I definitely would not want to get sick at this great party." As far as I'm concerned, none of those are rude, nor are they lies (especially the last one)! I actually use a very similar response for my children... "My kids get very sick if they eat wheat or dairy so I try and keep them away from it."...No more explanation needed.

I find that the people that truly care for you will want you to be healthy and would never want you to get sick, especially at their party!

3. Focus on something else besides the food.

This is where having 2 kids really comes in handy (so if you want to borrow mine, please let me know). Many times, I really can't even focus on the food and what's being served because I need to tend to my children (every parent reading this knows exactly what I'm talking about).

But, you may not have kids, or you may be attending this particular party without them. Focus on catching up with friends you haven't seen in a long time, engage in conversations you don't have the opportunity to have otherwise, and maybe even get your "groove on" on the dance floor (c'mon, what's a party without dancing?).

Keep your focus on the true goal of the party and that's to enjoy yourself with family and friends, not to focus on what food is being served or what you should or shouldn't be eating.

And most importantly, do NOT beat yourself up.

Maybe you had one too many cocktails, maybe the brownies were just too good to say no to, or maybe you just ended up eating every single thing that came in your direction.

Leave that party behind you and move on. Today is another day and another opportunity to live a healthy lifestyle. One party will not make or break your weight loss goals or your health.

The most important thing you can do is see it as one night or just one party, and not as a reason to let all of your healthy efforts go to the way side. I know this time of year can pose some challenges, so arm yourself with the tools above and remember that this season is about happiness, joy and the togetherness of family and friends.

Want more tips and tricks to help you stay on track this holiday season (plus a delicious Beyond Diet-approved holiday menu)?

» Access my complete [FREE] Holiday Survival Guide here!

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Categories

  1. Healthy Eating   
       14 posts
  1. Balance   
       10 posts
  1. Gluten Free   
       5 posts
  1. Parenting   
       4 posts
  1. Cheat Day   
       3 posts
  1. Meal Planning   
       3 posts
  1. Clean Eating   
       3 posts
  1. Inspiration   
       3 posts
  1. Guest Post   
       0 posts

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