Try these tips and see which ones work for you:
1. Survey the entire table before you take any food. Decide what foods are worth eating and what can be ignored, and then stick to that decision. Why waste calories on foods that don’t bring you pleasure?
2. Eat a snack before you leave home. If you arrive at a party starving, you’ll be more likely to overindulge. Include a food with a source of protein such as unsalted nuts, a Greek yogurt, rolled up nitrite-free turkey deli meat, etc.
3. Eat your calories instead of drinking them. Stick to lower calorie or calorie-free drinks (seltzer, water, light beer, or wine spritzer) instead of punches, eggnogs, and mixed drinks that can have up to 500 calories per cup.
4. Sip a large glass of water between every alcoholic drink or non-alcoholic punch or eggnog. This will help keep you hydrated and you’ll drink fewer calories by the end of the night.
5. When you are the host or hostess, include nutritious and lower-calorie foods like fruits, vegetables, and lean meats on the menu. When you are a guest, bring along a healthy dish to share and you have made yourself. You'll be pleasantly surprised at how many people will enjoy it along with you. Examples include: fruit or veggie platters with hummus or low-calorie dip made with Greek yogurt; grilled veggie kabobs; deviled eggs made with non-fat plain Greek yogurt instead of mayo; or tossed salad with homemade vinaigrette dressing.
6. Try not to hang out near the food. Find a comfortable spot across the room and focus on people instead of eating. Always have a low/no calorie beverage in your hand as this helps to prevent overeating as well.
7. Watch your portion sizes. Don’t cover your plate completely with food. In most cases, especially when it comes to holiday sweets and alcoholic beverages, less is better. Remind yourself that it's okay to have some of your favorite Holiday goodies, but pick and choose which ones are most worth it to you. Be mindful of your portions as well - it's all about how much and how often!
8. Drop out of the “clean plate club”. Leave a few bites behind every time you eat, especially if you are eating something you don’t really care for.
9. Enjoy your favorite holiday treats, but take a small portion. Eat slowly and savor the taste and texture of the wonderful foods of the season.