Going to a party this weekend? My 3 step protocol to eat healthy and have fun!

Today we have a fun topic; how to be in alignment with our beauty, health and wellness goals when we are socializing, going to parties, and having fun.

Has it ever happened to you that you went to the party thinking that you are going to eat there and when you arrived you discovered that there is absolutely nothing healthy to eat. All you see are cheeses, sausages wrapped in bacon, and other calorie dense hors d’oeuvres.

I have to say it happened to me more than a couple of times. It doesn’t feel good especially after the party when we are suffering from the after-party guilt syndrome asking ourselves “what was I thinking?” and “why did I eat this thing?”

Eating at parties was one of my first challenges a few years ago when I was very new to the whole idea of healthy eating.

I started making changes in my diet just before the holiday season and had to learn the hard way how to be in alignment with my new lifestyle and at the same time have fun. I always wanted my new lifestyle to be about balance and pleasure and not about denial and restrictions because I was committed to do it not for a few months but for my whole life.

Living healthy, being at our ideal weight and feeling good about our food choices shouldn’t mean avoiding all situations that can be challenging or trigger our old cravings but about being prepared to face them with a new approach.

That said it’s not about being perfect.

Today I would like to share with you my personal protocol that I created a few years ago when I was just starting my nutritional journey and I still use the same exact approach today and share them with my clients.

Sending you lots of love,

Renata

Hello it’s Renata Petecka Orr from LDVnutrition.com. Welcome to my video blog! Today we have a fun topic; how to be in alignment with our beauty, health and wellness goals when we are socializing, going to parties, and having fun. Has it ever happened to you that you went to the party thinking that you are going to eat there and when you arrived you discovered that there is absolutely nothing healthy to eat. All you see are cheeses, sausages wrapped in bacon and other calorie dense hors d’oeuvres. I have to say it happened to me more than a couple of times. It doesn’t feel good especially after the party when we are suffering from the after party guilt syndrome asking ourselves “what was I thinking” and “why did I eat this thing”.

Eating at parties was one of my first challenges a few years ago when I was very new to the whole idea of healthy eating. I started making changes in my diet just before the holiday season and had to learn the hard way how to be in alignment with my new lifestyle and at the same time have fun. I always wanted my new lifestyle to be about balance and pleasure and not about denial and restrictions because I was committed to do it not for a few months but for my whole life.

Living healthy, being at our ideal weight and feeling good about our food choices shouldn’t mean avoiding all situations that can be challenging or trigger our old cravings but about being prepared to face them with a new approach. That said it’s not about being perfect.

Today I would like to share with you my personal protocol that I created a few years ago when I was just staring my nutritional journey and I still use the same exact approach today and share them with my clients.

The first and the most important is not to skip meals because we are going to eat at the party. This is the #1 mistake I see a lot of people make. You should have your nutritious breakfast and lunch every day in order to avoid overeating later or when you go to an event. This rule is super important when it comes to socializing and eating out. When we go to a party and we are not hungry we can focus on meeting new people and having fun with our friends. We are not obsessed with thinking about food and using willpower to stop overeating. I felt such a sense of relief when I started practicing this step. No more using self control to stay in control of my cravings. As I said this step is an absolute must in order to avoid overeating on calorie packed hors d’oeuvre.

The next step is my secret strategy that I practice it each time I’m invited to a party and very often before going to a restaurant, especially when the reservation is late. I have a small serving of a salad, a smoothie, a serving of soup or some vegetables with salsa two hours before the event. Just enough to satisfy my hunger so when I arrived at the party or restaurant I’m not going straight to the buffet table or loading up on bread. If you follow these two steps it will also influence the third most important component of socializing and staying healthy and that is how much alcohol we drink and how it affects our food choices. Having a drink on an empty stomach can be a real willpower killer. Alcohol can stimulate your appetite and cloud your judgement on how much food you are putting on your plate and what kind of food you are choosing. Usually after a drink or two your healthy eating goals can be a distant memory.

You can limit cocktails by having sparkling water and lime, which still looks like a cocktail, between your drinks. Try to avoid: beer, dark liquors, and mixers like tonic, soda, diet soda, and juice. They are filled with sugar and artificial sweeteners, which add calories to the alcohol you are consuming. Stick to organic white, red, and sparkling wine.

Have a great time and don’t let the food steal the spotlight.

Sending you lots of love. Bye

Renata Petecka-Orr

 

 

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