Choose food and drink wisely
Survey the entire table before you take any food. Decide which foods are worth eating and which you can ignore and stick to your decision. If you want to sample more, take only a small portions, eat slowly, and savor the flavors. “Why waste calories on foods that you won’t enjoy as much?” Wright says. She also recommends that you drink all low-calorie or no-calorie beverages to avoid more wasted calories.
Eat something at home
Don’t go to a party hungry, you are more likely to overeat. “Eat a light, healthy snack at home,” advises Wright. “It will help you avoid the temptation to overindulge in higher-calorie, higher-fat foods.”
Lower calories, smaller portions and plates
If you are a guest, plan to bring a lower calorie dish to share. If you are the host, prepare some lower calorie alternatives. “It is okay to cook the bird with the skin on it, but don’t eat the skin to save on those fat calories,” advises Wright. Eat white meat – it is lower in calories and fat. Wright suggests you use small plates so it looks like you have more food.
Stay away from the table
Do not hang out near the food table before or after the holiday feast. If you do, says Wright, you may be inclined to graze. “If you think you want to go back for seconds, wait 20 minutes to see if you are still hungry. If you are, then get more food and walk away.”
“Just because foods are low fat, low sugar or low calorie does not mean that they do not taste good, says Wright. “Open your mind, be creative, enjoy your food and family, and have fun.”