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Going to a Party? Go in With a Plan

The holidays offer plenty of opportunities for indulgence, which can be both a blessing and a curse for some of us. There's no need to deprive yourself during the festivities, but there's a way to enjoy the great food without going totally overboard. Create a plan of attack before attending parties or big dinners so you don't eat everything in sight.
Christmas cookies
There are two ways to approach your plan. Either select certain foods that you know you want to eat, or limit yourself to a few bites of a wider selection of treats. For example, if you're a die-hard fan of your mom's special Christmas cookies, but there will be other sweets offered, consider simply sticking to your favorite cookie so that you don't waste calories on something you like less. Another idea would be to choose a maximum number of cookies you'll eat, and then select whatever has your mouth watering. Make the decision ahead of time and stick to your guns when you're in the situation.

If you truly love to taste all the delights of the season, I have a tip for you when you

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If you're someone who truly loves it all, portion control is your new best friend. After you've taken small samples of everything you want (and you're still hungry), choose the one thing that you loved most and take more of that one thing. The key is going in with a plan that certainly won't deprive you of holiday goodies but will prevent you from having to unbutton your pants!

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Spectra Spectra 7 years
My plan of attack is usually to fill up on fresh veggies and salad and then just have a couple of treats.
nancita nancita 7 years
I have been trying to do this more this season. Even if I don't stick to my plan perfectly, I do much better when I have one.
kia kia 7 years
I have been good at parties this season. I pass on appetizers and bread/rolls. When I take a plate of food over half is salad greens and veggies with no dressing. I am luckily allergic to cane sugar so can't go near most desserts. And I take minimal carbs like rice or potatoes. I generally keep it to one or two glasses of white wine. However at my office party I got a killer gin martini... the bartender even gave me a small carafe to top myself off when I was ready. Yum!
syako syako 7 years
My no fail plan is to take a huge plate full of fresh cut veggies and munch on them before the meal starts. By the time we're ready to eat, I'm partially full from veggies and less likely to gorge. :)
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