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Healthy Gatherings

Posted on December 3, 2015 by Deb Hart

Gatherings can make it especially hard to treat yourself in healthy ways. If you take a little time to plan ahead, you’ll avoid being stuck in a tempting situation that you are not prepared to handle.

Going to a gathering

  • Take a no-added-sugar treat to share. You’ll have something to enjoy that doesn’t blow your eating plan.
  • Select a few of your favorite foods–fewer food items on your plate means you’ll eat less.
  • Nourish throughout the day. Rather than skipping meals with the thought of saving up calories, keep to your typical eating schedule. Six small protein-rich meals will help you thrive during the holidays.
  • Hydrate and balance if you are consuming alcohol–alternate with a glass of water to make sure you don’t overdo.
  • Bring your own favorite low-calorie drink—maybe even enough to share.
  • Sometimes just a bite is all you really need. Keep it to just a bite by snitching from someone else or take a bite and put your napkin over the rest.
  • Focus on the people, not food. It’s nice to just sit back and watch the positive interactions as they take place.

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Deb Hart

Deb Hart is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. For the last 28 years, she has been helping bariatric surgery patients reach their health and weight goals. She teaches people how to set up a lifestyle that supports a healthy weight. Deb set up her own lifestyle to include lots of long walks with her furry family members, workout classes at her local wellness center, meal prepping, and finding new ways to enjoy foods without added sugar.

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