17 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain
7. Bring your own healthy dish to every party/potluck/random excuse to eat and drink you get invited to. Not only do you look like a saint for helping out the host, but more importantly, no matter what is on the menu, you know you will have access to a healthy, low-calorie meal you can feel good about.
8. When you do arrive at a holiday party, take a second to survey the scene and see what your options are. Look for things like raw veggies, fruit platters, cheese, nuts and lean meat. Stay away from fatty calorie bombs like creamy dressings, dips, fried foods and sweets. Then pick one or two more indulgent things you will give yourself permission to enjoy—after you finish your veggies, of course.
9. Have a safety cocktail for parties. Pick a go-to low calorie drink to allow you to enjoy the party without swilling thousands of unneeded calories. Wine and clear liquors with low-calorie mixers are a good choice. If you like beer, go for the light stuff. The simpler the drink, the lighter it is.