Man oh man, it must be wedding season. Not only am I being invited to wedding left and right with all these new engagements popping up, but it’s that time of year where everyone has one! It’s just like me to have set out a new diet plan for myself, and then have to battle with all of my cravings and desires at these all you can eat buffets, and calorie filled meals my friends and family are serving at their wedding. Here are some tips on how to fight back, but still enjoy!
1. Eat a snack
Plan ahead and eat something light, but filling before you head over to the wedding. A lettuce wrap for instance would be a great choice. By the time the ceremony is over and you are ready to chow down at the reception, your tummy won’t be as starved, and ready to ditch your diet the moment your options are presented.
Before you run to be the first in line for the food stations/ or all you can eat buffet try to scan the room to see what all of your options are. Being strategic is key here. It’s better to seek out the healthy options, because they will probably not be as popular as the others.
3. Self Control
Now that you have located the healthy options choose them. Yes the bbq ribs may smell better, but its better to elect the lean protein options like beans, shrimp, grilled fish, grilled chicken, etc. Also select the roasted veggies, vegetable kabobs and green salad. These are all options that are low in fat/calories and high in fiber and protein.
4. Say No To Bread
Let’s just be honest, I’m almost certain most weddings aren’t proving you with whole grain healthy bread options. Standard bread options are some sort of white bread roll. This is worth passing up as it offers nothing for you from a health standpoint, but rather makes you bloated and ruins your diet for the evening.
5. Drink Up
Sip on water through the day leading up to the big night. This will not only fill you up, it will keep you hydrated. Thinking of partaking in the open bar festivities? Make sure you drink water between drinks, and at some point switch over to only water. This will help keep you alcohol intake balance, and prevent you from waking up with a huge hangover. And since hangovers often lead to unhealthy next day food choices, it’s best to prevent this!
6. Taste The Cake
Instead of indulging yourself in a huge slice of cake, try splitting yours with another willing party. No need to completely forgo the cake, I’m sure it cost the couple a fortune! Its all about moderation here, a few bites will satisfy your cravings, but won’t completely destroy what you’ve set out for with your diet.
7. Dance, Dance, Dance
Hopefully they couple got a decent DJ for the night. Not only is dancing the night way the best part of the wedding, it gives you a fun way to burn off some of the calories you ate earlier in the reception.
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