For the month of December I think I have 5 different parties to go to! I love all the food, fun, and festivities, but it has got me thinking of a strategy to enjoy the holidays while still maintaining a sensible portion mindset and getting in that physical activity. I’ve been lacking in that department lately with presentations and now finals coming up next week, but I hope to get back on the wagon and fit in some gym time asap. Even a little bit of activity can make a big difference in the long run.
I like to get into the holiday spirit of giving like adopting a family and donating imperishable foods to a local food bank. I’d like to make sure I do that this year too. It means so much to those families in need.
For our first holiday party of the season, Chris and I went to an AITP Gala called ‘Technology for Tots’ on Friday night. AITP stands for Association of Information Technology Professionals and Chris is on the board for the student chapter. There were also several other IT organizations there and it was a great event with over 300 people. Everyone was asked to bring an unwrapped toy to donate, and there were quite a few I’d say!
The highlight of the event was the food!! Oh wow, there were so many items to choose from and I wanted to take everything!
Holiday Intervention Strategy -----> Even though there may be a ton of goodies to choose from only take a few that you know you will really enjoy. Fill half your plate with the veggies like salad greens and then go from there, especially if the plates are giant like the ones we had. Another good tip: have a filling snack like an apple beforehand so you’re not overly ravenous at the party :)
This butternut squash soup was wonderful and I stole a bite from Chris’ bowl.
Here is my plate, I had some salad greens, green beans, carrots, salmon, slice of turkey, pasta (only ate 1/2) and acorn squash. It was all delish! Many of the veggies were swimming in a nice flavor enhancer called fat, but I tried my best to drip it off :)
Now here is where it gets tough . . . after dinner you feel comfortably full but not overly stuffed and then you see the dessert table over there in the corner calling your name . . .
Now how can you resist something that looks like this? Someone tell me?! lol
Holiday Intervention Strategy -------> Because all the desserts are all so tempting, get a few and take a bite from each to add up to about one serving of a normal dessert. Desserts are yummy and should be enjoyed!
Here is my plate of the ones I thought were worth it . . . I managed a bite from each but the pumpkin pie kept calling my name so yes I finished that one! I didn’t really like the carrot cake thing so that was easy to stop at :)
I just love added touches like this!!!
We even got dressed up! It’s kind of fun doing things like this, although I had to fish a dress out from the back of the closet!
Do you have some holiday parties on the calendar? How do you give back during the holiday season?