From cake to champagne, stuffed appetizers to main courses, the menu can be difficult to navigate, so it’s always a good idea to plan ahead. Here are ten tips to help with the quickly approaching wedding season.
2. Pack a snack. Eating every couple of hours keeps your body fueled and helps boost the metabolism. Make sure the snack has some protein and/or fiber to keep you feeling full and satisfied.
3. Eat Mindfully. Stay tuned in to the present moment. What is it your body really needs? Perhaps it’s some dancing, a good conversation with a friend, or a little bit of nourishment. If it is nourishment, be sure to eat slowly, savoring each and every bite. Remember, it takes the body 15-20 minutes to signal the brain that it is full.
4. Food doesn’t have to take the center stage. You don’t have to stand right next to the appetizer table all night. Social gatherings strengthen bonds between old and new friends alike. Engage in conversation and truly listen to those around you. Develop new friendships and view this as an opportunity to meet new people.
5. Use a smaller plate. When choosing a larger plate, we often feel obligated to fill it. A smaller option May help with portion control.
6. Drink the agua. Be sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the event. Pack a Medifast Flavor Infuser to add a little splash of flavor to your water.
7. Rethink your Drink. Alcohol can add calories and decrease inhibitions, lessening one’s resistance to temptations. If you do decide to drink, stick with one or two servings. Choose light beers, 4 oz. glasses of wine, or cocktails made with spirits and zero-calorie mixers. Best yet, offer to be designated driver for the evening.
8. Think through the vegetarian options. Vegetarian options may be heavy in carbohydrates and calories. Whether it’s breading on slices of eggplant or pasta with alfredo sauce, be mindful of what you are choosing. Stick with vegetarian options such as tofu, tempeh, or seitan. Keep sauces on the side when possible and of course, fill up on non-breaded, non-starchy veggies..
9. Share your dessert. If you must grab a sliver of cake, share it with your neighbor. It’s a great way to spark up some conversation while splitting the sugar intake in half.
10. Dance. It’s a party; celebrate with your family and friends. Burn some calories and enjoy yourself!
These ten habits will help guide you towards healthier choices this wedding season. Commit to a change today, and enjoy yourself the smart way.
by Alexandrea Miller