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Surviving Christmas Parties

10 Christmas Party Survival Tips

The Party Season is here….the time of year when it’s so easy to give into excess, with the promise in the back of our minds that we’ll stick to our New Year’s Resolutions to get seriously healthy come January.

It’s pretty much a given that we’re going to indulge somewhat over Christmas and I think it’s important to enjoy the fun of the Holiday but you don’t want to have such a huge mountain to climb in the New Year, so, the best thing to do is be prepared and ensure, “Damage Limitation!”

There are a few things to consider and most are just about planning, being prepared and being aware of the pitfalls and how to give yourself a parachute, in case of emergencies.

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Here are my top tips for limiting damage over the Christmas period:

  • Eat before you go out – don’t arrive at a party starving, you’ll make the worst food choices. Usually the canapés are pastry based and deep fried. The best thing to do is to eat something fairly substantial before you go to the party so that you won’t feel compelled to nibble.  If you are planning to go to dinner after the party, why not go before?  If you can’t get around to eating before and are starving at the party, go for the healthier options of nibbles. Think protein!

  • Keep topping up the hydration – a hangover is mostly dehydration. Always try to have a glass of water with each glass of alcohol and alternate with soft drinks.

  • Choose lean meats and veg nibbles –  like chicken satay skewers or veg sticks over deep fried spring rolls or filo prawns etc.

  • Portion control – for you and the kids, be mindful of how much of something you’re eating. A little of what you fancy does you good – not the whole selection box in one go.

  • Exercise each day – even a quick walk with the kids.

  • If you’re hosting a party – you can choose what to serve. Go for foods that are healthy, tasty and easy to prepare, like brown bread and smoked salmon, veg sticks and hummus, mixed nuts, cheese and fruit, homemade popcorn, homemade salsa and guacamole, chicken and prawns etc.

  • Add nutrition at each and every opportunity – whether it’s having veg sticks as a snack, extra salad leaves in the prawn cocktail, smoked salmon as a canapé, however you do it….just do it.  Christmas dinner is the one meal you can have plenty of anti-oxidant rich vegetable options: Brussels sprouts, carrots, peas, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower cheese, sweet potatoes, onions and garlic in the turkey and stuffing, the list is endless.  When making the cheese sauce, cut a few fat calories by using low-fat milk.  Turkey is a great meat, a wonderful source of protein and is low in fat, as long as you avoid the skin.

  • 80/20 rule – I love this rule.  As long as 80% of food is good, 20% can be not so good!!!

  • Get some rest -a lack of sleep can lead to a lowered defence system so make sure you get plenty of sleep and rest and take some downtime for yourself.

  • Enjoy – honestly, if you can’t enjoy yourself and let go a little at Christmas, when can you?

Again, surviving the Silly Season is all about planning and preparation and a little bit of surrendering!  Please enjoy yourself and don’t beat yourself up if you overindulge a little, it’s good for your soul.  As long as you have a great time and don’t regret it, it’s all good.  Remember, 80/20!

Silly season is starting, which makes eating healthy every day really difficult. We get it!

It’s Christmas so you have to enjoy yourself without feeling guilty, but why not limit the damage and make the road back in January a lot easier.

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About the Author:

Emma is the Director of Nutrition and co-founder of GourmetFuel®. She has developed an entire range of health meals and meal plans to compliment healthy living and fuel performance. Emma Buckley B.Sc RNutr, is a Registered Nutritionist with the UKVRN through the Association for Nutrition, from Dublin, Ireland. A UCD graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry a Graduate Certificate in Food, Nutrition and Health and a Higher Diploma in Diet and Nutrition. In almost two decades as a nutritionist she has worked with some of Ireland’s most well known food and health brands. She is an international keynote conference speaker on nutrition and health. She has worked closely with professional and Olympic athletes and coaches covering all track, field and combat sports at the highest levels. Her understanding of how food and the body work together along with a team of gourmet chefs, helps GourmetFuel create a beautiful range of healthy, delicious meals. Emma specialises in weight management, sports nutrition and maternal/postnatal and infant nutrition.

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