- Focus meals (at least lunch and dinner) around protein and non-starchy vegetables as much as possible. Try to make 1/4 to 1/3 of your plate a lean protein (like fish, chicken, beef), 1/2 your plate non-starchy vegetables (like salad, broccoli, carrots, peppers, onions, zucchini) and finish it out with some fruit or a starch (like potatoes, corn, rice, quinoa, beans). That way, if you do want to eat dessert or some wine at a party, you'll balance things out.
- Pick foods to splurge on that truly are worth it. If you eat a bite of [insert food] and it really doesn't meet your expectations...stop eating it and think about it. Are you really going to enjoy that food enough for the extra calories?
- Avoid going to parties and events hungry. If you can, eat some protein and veggies before you go, such as a small salad with cheese/beans/meat, a hard-boiled egg and some carrot or celery sticks, or a bowl of vegetable soup. That way, when you get to the party, it may not be as tempting to dive into all the food on the buffet table.
- At parties, always have a glass of water in your hand. This will help you in several ways. First, you will already be holding something, so you won't be able to hold a plate of food as well. Second, sometimes when we think we are hungry, we really are just thirsty. After you drink a glass or two of water, go ahead and get some food if you want, but after finishing your plate, get another glass of water.
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