|the dreaded candy dish...|
2. Bring something to share. If you know the host or have been to the party previously, bring something to share. Fresh veggies (red peppers, mini cucumber, sugar snap peas, cherry tomatoes...) and homemade ranch. Deviled eggs topped with smoked salmon or Mini Meatballs or kale chips! This is especially important for people with food sensitivities. Not every host will be gracious enough to accomodate your nutrition needs.
3. If you are going to drink...red wine is your best choice. But this doesn't make it a free for all. Alcohol decreases your metabolism by 30%, and after one or two glasses, inhibitions are lowered and that fruit cake starts to look more appetizing. To stay hydrated and give your liver the best chance possible, drink two glasses of water between each alcoholic beverage.
4. Focus on protein and non starchy vegetables, and pick one to two FAVORITE high carb items. If there is a special desert you only get once a year, you may need to pass on the Pillsbury croissant rolls. This might be easier said than done when other guests are passing processed foods past your plate, but if you've come to the party with balanced blood sugars and brain full of serotonin, you'll be better able to let them pass.
5. Think of how you will feel or how you want to feel. Do you want to leave the party feeling bloated and depressed? Probably not. Or do you want to leave the party feeling satisfied and happy with your food choices. When the store bought sugar cookies come out, remind yourself of how you want to feel and how much your health means to you. Remind yourself that the trans-fats in those cookies lead to crusty cells, heart disease, and a slow metabolism. Now how bad do you want that cookie?