Continuing my series of tips for surviving this time of year without putting on weight or going completely batty.
Holiday Survival Tip #3: Pass on the Passed Hors d ’Oeuvres
Happy hours and cocktail parties with passed hors d’oeuvres before dinner represent a huge landmine for anyone trying to avoid excess poundage. Hopefully you read yesterday’s blog (if not you can see it here) and you’re not showing up hungry. This will stop you from rugby tackling the servers or embarrassing yourself after two martinis on an empty stomach.
Even if you have duly prepared for the event, there still lurks the danger of mindless eating as the hors d’oeuvres circle around you. We’re often chatting or engaging with others while we nibble distractedly so we don’t notice that we’re about to have our tenth mini quiche or fifth pig in a blanket.
This brings me to my next point; hors d’oeuvres tend to be high fat, high calorie foods. No one is passing around little plates of salad. I was at a party recently where the hors d’oeuvres were mini-beef burger sliders and corn fritters. Imagine consuming a bunch of those before dinner! Before you know it, you’ve eaten the equivalent of a whole dinner just in appetizers. If you’re having cocktails with your hors d’oeuvres and planning on wine with dinner, that will add another meal’s worth of calories to your intake. Right now you’re up to three meals: hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and wine, and your actual dinner. And the January 1st diet is still weeks away. Here are three steps you can take right now:
- Make it easier on yourself and your waistline by limiting yourself to three items. Remember, you’re having dinner after. If you’re not and you’re a fan of what my husband calls the bachelor buffet, put your food on one plate at the same time, as if it were a dinner, otherwise you’ll eat two or three plates of food without realizing.
- Practice saying “No thank you” so you’ll be ready when the trays come sweeping by. You don’t have to keep eating. Stand up and keep your drink or a glass of water in your hand. That way you don’t have enough hands to manage food as well. Once you sit down, there’s no telling how much you’ll eat because space and dexterity aren’t issues.
- Focus on the company and engaging with people and let the food take a back seat so you’ll still have room for dinner. Bon appetit!