It is possible to enjoy the glorious food spread at parties and not compromise on your health – even for those who are pregnant or have diabetes.
Eat some healthy snacks before going to parties
This can help you feel less inclined to overeat at gatherings.
(Also read: 5 ways to help your kid develop good eating habits)
Don’t feel guilty about turning down unhealthy offers
Say “later” or say “no” politely when you’re offered any foods that you know which will cause a havoc to your glucose levels.
Slow down and enjoy your food
Enjoy your time with your friends and family while eating. This helps you focus less on over-indulging. Take time to savour the taste and texture of each dish, chew slowly and keep your mind off second servings.
Have fun with colours to help you choose healthier foods
Instead of picking processed foods that are high in simple sugars, use colours to focus more on fibre and protein-rich foods. For example, red (tomato, red capsicum, red cabbage, beet), green (spinach, kale, asparagus, fresh herbs) and white (cauliflower, zucchini, yogurt, white meat, beans).
Fill half your plate with vegetables
Choose non-starchy vegetables of different colours to add bulk to your meals. They are lower in calories and help you feel fuller for longer.
Pair your foods well
Add a protein or dairy to your meals. Choose lean cuts of meats or low-fat dairy products to lower the overall glycaemic index. This also helps you have a smaller serving of the carbohydrate dishes.
Limit intake of drinks that are filled with empty calories
Skip beverages such as soft drinks, mocktails and fibre-lacking juices. Instead, drink water or unsweetened beverages. Drinking water before meals also helps fill you up, reducing the urge to overindulge.
Take a walk after meals
This helps to lower your glucose levels. Even a 10-minute activity will be an effective way to keep your health in check. Or you can choose to dance your night away at the party.