Be Your Best Self: Keep Off The Pounds At Social Gatherings

 

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Family dinners, potlucks, traveling, and even just a long day of meetings at work are sure-fire ways to get off track. When visiting family on vacation, offering to do the grocery shopping can ensure a gathering over fresh, organic, and natural ingredients. It’s also an extremely nice gesture.

Although we debunked the snacking myth a while back, it is still a good way to keep up the healthy routine while on the go, and can save you from succumbing to fast-food while away from home. If going on a trip, a three-pound bag of mixed nuts, dried fruit, and dark chocolate pieces is both healthy and delicious, fits easily in your carry-on, and will last you a week. Before leaving on your trip, grab a handful and weigh it on a scale. Now you’ll always have a rough idea how much you’re snacking on!

When attending a potluck, instead of crossing your fingers and hoping there’ll be some healthy options, why not bring a nutritious dish yourself? That way you’ll know you can count on at least one healthy refuge.

Try out this recipe from Ashley Tudor’s Sweet Potato Power:

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For holidays, follow these tips:

  • Make a promise: only one day. Eat to your heart’s content on this special day with the strict understanding that tomorrow will be a return to the healthy routine. Even if you wake up the next morning feeling guilty, at least you know it’s right back to the trusted routine.

  • WellnessFX practitioner Rajka Milanovic Galbraith, MD recommends enforcing the 80/20 rule: pick which parties will keep you out a little later and which ones you may splurge in regard to extra calories.

  • Knowing what you eat is more important than how much you are eating. Familiarize yourself with low- and high-glycemic foods so you can pick them out on the go. Foods with a low glycemic index release glucose into the body more gradually. They help signal the body when you’re full and it’s time to stop eating.

  • Despite the magnificent power of the human brain, we are still amazingly susceptible to illusion. Using a smaller dinner plate will make you feel like you’ve eaten more than you really have.

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