Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

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Do you try to eat healthy most of the time and then struggle at family get-togethers or holiday parties? It can be challenging, but with a few simple strategies you can successfully navigate any event without throwing your healthy lifestyle off track!

1. Don't go to any social event overly hungry.

It's ok to have some appetite because you know there will be tasty options, but you don't want to be starving and temporarily lose focus on your long term goals.  Everyone has a tendency to make less optimal choices when they are very hungry (remember don't grocery shop hungry either.)  Having a snack with some fiber before you go to a party is a great strategy.  Some ideas are berries, nuts, or whole wheat crackers with some low-fat cheese.

2. Stick to special items you wouldn't typically eat.

Wasting empty calories on chips or dip you could eat anytime won't make you enjoy the event.  Think of your calories as a budget and spend wisely on specialty foods like shrimp puffs or pate...

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