Who says Christmas is the most tempting time of the year? For me, it’s June through August. Long days and plenty of outdoor parties mean I’ve got a pretty much constant supply of snacks and treats at my disposal, and I’m often too relaxed to resist.
But since this year I’d like to stay in the same size sundress all summer, I’m putting a few strategies into play to lighten it up. Here are three tips for keeping summer snacking under control in social situations:
1. Portion control made simple. My rule of healthy eating is that I can eat almost anything I want as long as I don’t eat ALL I WANT of anything I want. I find that using one of the small, dessert-sized plates helps keep me from over-doing it on the appetizers and dips, which are definitely my downfall.
I just tell myself I can go back and get more later, if I need to – but usually I find that my stomach is satisfied with a lot less than my eyeballs might have thought.
2. Location, location, location. Position yourself in front of the chip bowl and what happens? I’ve been known to polish off entire platters of cheese-filled and bacon-wrapped nibbles simply because they’re in front of me.
3. Eat before the kids. What? Parents are supposed to feed the kids first at a party or buffet, right? But here’s what happens to me when I do that – I wind up helping myself to “samples” off of their plates as I fill them. Then by the time it’s time for me to eat, I’m so ravenous that I wolf down way more food than I need to.
On the other hand, when I take a few minutes to quickly eat a reasonable amount before I feed the kids, I lose that irritable, panicky hungry feeling and can serve them without being grouchy or greedy. Plus, they’re usually so busy playing while the food is being served that they don’t even notice!