With the Holidays quickly approaching, my planner is starting to fill up with dates and reminders of upcoming dinners, potlucks, and parties. The holidays are a time to come together with family and friends and nothing brings people quite together like food and drinks. Aunt Betsie’s coconut congo bars, Susan’s delicious peppermint bark, there’s just so many holiday treats I’m looking forward to, especially because I’m also PMSing. However, with all the potential sweets, it’s easy for sugar to add up. To keep you from derailing from your fitness goals, here are a few tips to help you map out your parties and favorite festive treats.
Check Out the Buffet Table
The buffet table can be overwhelming. With so many options it’s difficult to choose where you’re going to start, and with food just sitting in front of you, it’s hard to pass up the opportunity to give everything a taste. When you first arrive at the party, wait around 20-30 minutes before you head over to the buffet table. This will give you time to put down your coat down, catch up with people, and scan your food choices before diving in.
Don’t Indulge, Moderate
It’s tempting to just dive right in and indulge in your favorite holiday foods. Not only is the food delicious, but there’s something oddly enjoyable about stuffing your face during the holidays, which is also the perfect excuse to eat unapologetically while you’re PMSing. It’s almost like a collective bonding experience with your friends and family. Everyone is enjoying their meals and appreciate the different dishes everyone brought to the table. But it is still possible to enjoy your food without overdoing it. In fact, you will enjoy your meal even more if you moderate yourself because you can take the time to really chew and appreciate the different flavors.
Remember, There’s Also Alcohol
The holidays not only bring good cheer and delicious foods, but it also brings a holiday classic—the eggnog. Whether or not you’re a fan, there’s probably some alcoholic beverage to your liking to be paired with your meal. Often times we overlook our drinks as a part of our diet. Alcoholic drinks are loaded with calories, especially eggnogs, so try pairing your drinks with club soda and lime or seltzer to reduce the amount of calorie intake. If you’re PMSing, be more wary of alcohol since it can increase symptoms such as cramps and headaches. If you need a little something to drink, try alternating with water to reduce calories and help with PMS relief.
This post was written by Tania Green, CEO and Founder of PMS Bites.
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