Healthy Lifestyle Suggestions for Socials
Tomorrow we are having a birthday party for my toddler…which means it’s really MY party because he probably won’t remember it. I’ve scoured Pinterest for the cutest of ideas, and stumbled upon a pancake and pajama theme! What could be better than wearing your pajamas while enjoying a spread of donuts, waffles, muffins, and of course PANCAKES?! Mimosas…that’s what! So how do you surround yourself with a feast of kings WITHOUT ruining your healthy lifestyle progress? I’m going to lay down a few tips to enjoy your party and stick to your weight loss journey goals!
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Try to get a little run, weights, walk, ab workout, yoga, etc. in before the festivities start. Getting in your workout will not only burn the calories you may consume later, but it will fuel your body for activity during the day! Of course, I scheduled my party for the morning…so I may have to get up a little earlier to get my workout done…or maybe I’ll just clean really hard (that is actually a pretty good workout)!
Water certainly comes up a lot in “tips” for weight loss…because it’s really awesome. A lot of times your body will tell you it’s hungry when it’s ACTUALLY thirsty. Drinking water can help you feel fuller which will help moderate your food intake. It not only revitalizes your body and mind, it has ZERO calories! Try it on the rocks…it’s pretty delicious.
Everyone knows that the party is usually in the kitchen. Make an effort to socialize with your guests at least an arm’s length away from the food. Cornell University did a study, HERE, on food portion sizes versus consumption. Participants were given soup, half ate from a normal bowl and half ate from a bowl that self-refilled slowly (without the participants knowledge). Those who ate from the self-filling bowl consumed 73% MORE soup than those without…and didn’t even realize they were eating so much. They just ate it because the soup was THERE. I catch myself doing the same thing…especially at parties when a plethora of food is there for the taking! The moral of the story is try not to hang out by the food!
Unless you’ve got iron will power, it’s going to be hard to avoid the yummy stuff. That’s when I make snackrifices. This is taking that mini donut and only eating half. Eating small samples will give you the joy of participating in the banquet without the repercussions of binging on junk. (I WISH it tasted like junk…)
Track Your Food
Remember that food tracking app I mentioned HERE? Keep track of what you are putting in your body! It really makes you think twice about going back for seconds!
Obviously you are going to interact with your fellow party-goers, but it’s hard to shovel in the carbs when you’re chatting it up! Go ahead and talk about your weight loss quest…which will also keep you accountable to your goals. It’s better to build your relationship with people than food anyways!
A healthy lifestyle and having fun can go hand in hand. Don’t be too caught up with your weight loss journey that you forget to have a good time! A pancake is not going to be a big deal in the long run (you can always burn it off…in a long run ;)), celebrating with your family and friends is what matters the most!
How do you manage your healthy lifestyle in social situations?