Spirits are bright, bells are jingling, the Holidays must be upon us. For most of us, weekends during the Holiday season are packed with shopping, wrapping, and of course Holiday dinners and parties. Even though we might feel spread thin from the packed schedule and too many commitments, Holiday magic has a way of keeping things merry and bright. The good cheer shouldn’t be interrupted by diet guilt. Use your holiday spirit and my 10 tinsel time tips for surviving Holiday get-togethers.

  1. Get Party Pampered Even if it’s just a good old-fashioned gathering at a friend’s house, use the get-together as an excuse to treat yourself a little. Get your hair blown out, treat yourself to a well-deserved manicure or maybe just plan your regularly scheduled roots touch-up that day. Getting glammed up will set you up to feel super-fly all night and less likely to overindulge.
  2. Dress For Success Now’s the time to whip out that little black dress. Feeling fabulous starts with dressing the part and this will perfectly complement your Christmas or Hanukkah hairdo.
  3. Keep Your Snack Attack on Track Don’t be the guy or gal at the party gnawing on a granola bar from home. Instead, munch on a healthy snack before you leave the house. Aim for 180 calories or less, such as Half Naked™ Popcorn. The invite might read “Cocktails for Christmas,” but you just know there will be some noshes for the night, so don’t arrive ravenous. 
  4. Know Before You Go If you know beforehand that there will be food at the party, decide if the offerings will be your dinner. If yes, stick to the “4 napkin rule,” fill up 3-4 napkins worth of appetizers throughout the party and then stop, and no munching when you get home.
  5. Delay Your Way A good trick is to delay your eating from the start. When you walk in, grab a water instead of a cocktail and a helping of appetizers. This way there will be less time to overdo it, and you will be proud of your restraint from the beginning.
  6. Protein Pack Best appetizers and munchies at the party? Veggies and proteins like shrimp cocktail, chicken satay, or sushi—not fried or drenched in mayo! And stick to the “4 napkin rule” and only help yourself to four servings eaten off of a napkin or cocktail plate.
  7. Hold On These events are the place to whip out your seemingly impractical, but fabulous, clutch. Keeping a sparkly handbag in your clutches all night will help you to avoid snacking for the sake of keeping occupied.
  8. Chat It Up Don’t forget … it’s a party! A great opportunity to relax a bit and enjoy the office or gal pal crowd. Make the night about conversation and connection and not cocktails and confections.
  9. Be Careful About Mixing It Up Visions of sugarplums might be dancing in your head, but don’t let them boogie on into your beverages. Beware of those super sweet drinks! It’s really cute that your gracious host spent weeks coming up with her “Yuletide Poolside Margarita” but her themed drink goes down way too easy. Stick to wine, light beer, or vodka mixed with club soda and limes. Pick something refreshing that you will sip slowly.
  10. Good List?” “Bad List?” Oh, Please. Hey, it’s the Holidays! So if you make it the “5 napkin rule” or indulge in your pal’s “Yuletide Poolside Margarita,” don’t go home and worry that Santa will be skipping your house this year. He’ll still be there. Have a Happy & Healthy Holiday, all.
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