It’s that time of year again… Wedding Season! Weddings are fun and memorable occasions, but, between the drinks, cake and buffets; they are not always the healthiest events. Here are some tips to help keep you from over-indulging one too many times this season.
Don’t arrive hungry.
Be sure to eat breakfast, other meals as usual, and grab a snack before you go. Arrive hungry, and you will be too tempted to over-indulge on anything the host is serving. Great pre-wedding snacks include a fruit or vegetable, such as:
- An apple + 1 ounce walnuts
- Baby carrots, celery sticks + 1 Tablespoon lowfat ranch dip
- 6 whole-grain crackers + 2 Tablespoons hummus
- 1 orange + 1 cup lowfat yogurt
Consider carrying a healthy snack in your purse in case there are no healthy options to be found once you’re there.
Watch the alcohol.
If you plan on drinking at the event, try to limit yourself to just one drink, two at the max. Alcohol contains a quite a few calories (7 calories per gram), that are absorbed very quickly won’t stay in your stomach long enough to fill you up. Additionally, alcohol stimulates the appetite, and impairs decision-making—a triple whammy rendering you more susceptible to demanding seconds on the cake!
Scope out the healthy options.
Fill your plate with fruits and vegetables or undressed salad if they’re offered. Also looked for grilled items like chicken skewers or seafood.
Cut the cake.
If the cake looks irresistible, don’t deprive yourself! Share a slice with a friend or two. Take your time and really enjoy the first two bites. They are the best ones anyway.
Live it up on the dance floor.
Dancing is fun, burns calories and suppresses the appetite. If you’re letting loose on the dance floor, you’ll be less likely to let loose on the buffet table too.
Most importantly, remember to enjoy yourself! This is a celebration, after all. Happy Wedding Season!
Guest blogger Nicole Geurin, RD is a Registered Dietitian on a mission: to show the world that delicious and nutritious go hand in hand! You can read more of Nicole’s nutrition tips on her blog, http://nicolegeurin.wordpress.com.