It's not as bad or as hard as you think, I promise *Girl Scout Honor*. Here's a few tips:
First and foremost, nobody expects you to lose weight during the holidays. It's almost impossible unless you have nerves and a will of steel. I know I don't, but what I'm more concerned with is not putting on additional weight during the holidays. Maintaining your weight during the holiday is not all that hard either. Focus on what foods you're putting in your body and get some physical activity, at least 30-60 minutes a day.
Never go to a party hungry. Eat a wholesome breakfast and lunch before the party to help you feel full longer. You will avoid piling unhealthy choices on your plate, going back for seconds, and overeating.
Watch your portions. Go for smaller portions, this way you can sample all the different foods; Think taste testing, not 3 course meals. Remember, moderation is key!
Limit high fat food choices. If at all possible, avoid casseroles made with cream based soups or that are loaded with cheese, fried foods, processed meats, and some sugary desserts. If it is not possible to avoid these high fat choices, go for smaller portions of your favorites.
Bring a healthy dish to the party. Inspire others at the party to eat healthier while knowing that one dish at the party is healthy!
Limit your alcohol intake. Try lower calorie versions of your favorite mixed drinks. Instead of beers and ciders, try red wine, Bloody Mary’s (which have the added bonus of tomato juice), and low or non-fat versions of your favorite holiday drinks like eggnog.
Drink plenty of water. Drinking water will keep you hydrated as alcohol and caffeine can dehydrate you. Also, drinking a glass of water before eating can help you feel full sooner causing you to eat less.
When you're hosting a holiday fest:
Substitute whole grains for refined grains. Whole grains have more nutrients and fiber than refined grains; try whole grain crackers, pasta, and breads. Use whole grain macaroni in your mac and cheese recipe.
Focus on fruits and vegetables. Serve a fruit and vegetable tray so guests can fill up on fiber from a variety of healthy choices.
Try light spreads and dips. Substitute light or low fat mayonnaise, non-fat sour cream, or light cream cheese in traditional versions of the recipe to cut back on calorie and fat.
Go skinless. Try serving turkey or poultry without the skin for a low fat and cholesterol choice. Try serving lean meats and/or fish for a change.
Serve smaller versions of your favorite holiday desserts. Serving smaller portions of cakes and pies let your guests enjoy the tasty treats without over indulging in fats and sugar.
Experiment with new recipes. Look for healthier versions of your holiday favorites by Google search, healthy cookbooks, or from health conscious friends.healthcastle.com, and cdc.gov