It’s that time again – time to ring out the old year and ring in the new one. Will yours be a quiet evening at home or a party with friends, food, and booze? If the second scenario sounds like your night, you could be heading for a problem.
Nights like these open you up to starting the new year off with a “thud” rather than a “bang”. All of the eating and drinking can really derail your weight and health goals. Now, it doesn’t mean that you have to abstain and act like a monk at the party, but if you have a plan, you will be able to enjoy yourself without going overboard.
First of all, ask yourself what’s the #1 reason for going out on New Year’s Eve. Is it the food? Getting hammered? Or is it the fun you want to have with your friends and loved ones? The memories that you’ll have for a lifetime? I think we both know the answer to that one.
Now that you know why you’re going out on New Year’s Eve, the next thing to do is to have a plan, for the whole day.
- Make sure to get plenty of exercise – burn those calories and put yourself in a healthy mindset.
- Eat lean and clean throughout the day. Eat every 2-4 hours. Keep the food light – plenty of produce and protein, easy on the starches. Save some calories for the evening’s affairs.
- Stay hydrated – lots of water and tea throughout the day.
- Eat something before you leave for the party – don’t start out hungry, you’ll end up overeating and diving head first into the naughty stuff.
- Plan what you’ll eat and drink at the party. Stick to mostly veggies and protein. If something naughty is calling your name, then give in with 2-3 bites and be done.
- Alcohol – if you are planning on drinking, make sure to alternate one alcoholic beverage with water (sparkling or flat). Don’t back-to-back the booze. Once you add booze to the mix, your inhibitions go down and the likelihood of overeating goes up.
- Stay away from the food. The evening is about fun with your friends, not fun with the food. Get away from the buffet and back to the karaoke!
- Dance and socialize. Take lots of pictures.
- Don’t beat yourself up if you’re less than perfect. Tomorrow is a new day and the start of a new year. Clean slate.
Most important, be safe. Don’t drink and drive. Volunteer to be the designated driver (my normal job). It saves a ton of calories and makes you feel good that you will be the only one on New Year’s day without a hangover!